|medal made and awarded her for "Merited Matrimonial Service."|
Sy and Resa (Max) married on June 18, 1949 in Detroit, Michigan and moved to Southern California in
1951 where he entered the sales field. They had three children, Donna (Cohen), Ron & Mo (Bailey), six
grand-children (Billy, Alicia and Seth Cohen, Megan and Sara Brenner, and Dylan Bailey) and two great
grandchildren (Jolee and Shayna Cohen, daughters of Bill and Melanie).
In 1960, Brenner became an Executive Sales and P.R. Representative for Cinderella Fashions and moved
to San Diego. He remained in this position for 25 years, until his retirement.
It was also in the 1960's when Brenner became a highly sought after resource for the San Diego School
System. He regularly spoke to Social Studies classes on manufacturing and the interrelation of workers
from the field, to the factory, to the drawing board and then the consumer.
Brenner received publicity for this work in the San Diego Union and the Nationally renowned trade
magazine, Earnshaw's Review. He produced fashion shows and provided in-service classes for major
department stores and specialty shops, where he was known as the "Cinderella Man".
Brenner also escorted Anissa Jones on personal appearances. She played the character of Buffy from the
television show, Family Affair. Cinderella Fashions made Buffy dresses that Anissa modeled.
A Shift in his topic, speaking in schools...
During the Gulf War, Brenner began talking to classes from the 5th grade up, explaining the war that
people were seeing on television.
He became a speaker for 10 years to the History and War Class at U.C.S.D. He has spoken to over 68
organizations about his War experiences, including 5 times to the Leadership Classes of the Marine Corps
at Camp Pendleton and to the Navy, who presented him with an Honorary Top Gun Award.
Brenner escorted High School Seniors to Los Angeles on buses, telling them his story and taking them to
the Museum of Tolerance under the auspices of the United Jewish Federation.
Brenner has been an active member of POW groups and the Veterans Association regarding Post
Traumatic Stress Syndrome. He has been given a chapter in the book Men of Honor and has been cited in
many other books and publications.
Interviewed by several television stations, Brenner also has his picture and his story as part of the POW
exhibit in the Veteran's Memorial Museum in Balboa Park. He is a member of Tifereth Israel Synagogue, the
DAV, and the Trinity (previously known as Blackmer) Masonic Lodge.
Brenner continues to volunteer at La Vida Real retirement living center. He is a professional speaker and
the author of the his own biography as told to Abe Shragge, professor of History and curator to the San
Diego Veteran's museum. The book to buy is entitled, The Night I Got Killed.
Sy Brenner's biography and picture are in the Veteran's Administration Building on the 4th Floor in Mission
Valley and the Veteran's Museum at Balboa Park in San Diego, California.
Sy Brenner currently resides in a beautiful California Assisted Living Facility where...
|he is credited for the Reading (Enlargement) Machine in the Resident Library that was donated by |
|the Braille Institute.|
|he was an elected member on the resident board for La Vida Real and has been the designated |
|he played Big Band music of the 20's & 30's twice a week; one day for the general residents and one |
|day for those in Memory Care.|
|he lost his beautiful wife, Resa (Max) Brenner on March 14, 2010 after 60+ years of marriage.|
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