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S. Berliner, III
Consultant in Ultrasonic Processing
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[consultation is on a fee basis]

Technical and Historical Writer, Oral Historian
Popularizer of Science and Technology
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note - The vast bulk of my massive Web presence (over 485 pages) had been hosted by AT&T's WorldNet service since 30 May 1996; they dropped WorldNet effective 31 Mar 2010 and I have been scrambling to transfer everything.  Everything's saved but all the links have to be changed, mostly by hand.  See my sbiii.com Transfer Page for any updates on this tedious process.

S. Berliner, III's



Limitations on size of any single page forced me to split off the
Emile Berliner (and family - NO RELATIONS of mine, but read the page)
story from the Berliner page.


BERLINER PAGE (this page):
Berliner Families (following)
Long Island Berliners
Author's Lineage
Berliner Bär (Bear)
Berliner Bier (Beer)   new (08 Jul 2015)
Berliner Miscellany

Emile Berliner, inventor of the carbon microphone, disc gramophone, and helicopter
Nipper, "His Master's Voice", and a surprise!
Henry Adler Berliner - aviation, helicopter, autogyro, Berliner-Joyce, Ercoupe/Aircoupe, etc.
Emile's Biography and annotations in my copy
Milk and Sanitation

EMILE BERLINER and FAMILY - continued:
Other German Berliners.

(moved from main Emile Berliner page on 22 Nov 01)
Museums covering Emile and Henry Berliner, et al., and their Work.
(moved from main Emile Berliner page on 22 Nov 01)
Emile (and Henry) Berliner Links and References.
Emile (and Henry) Berliner Bibliography.

Hannover Berliners

ADDITIONAL BERLINERS OF NOTE (this listing grew so much that it's now on a separate page):
Additional Berliners of Note

For a missing Long Island Berliner, see the MISSING PERSON notice, below.

For 1874 photos of Henry and Anna and 6 kids, see the HENRY and ANNA PHOTOS notice, below.


[What follows is in no way "official"; I sort of fell into this and none of the Berliner families seem to be related to mine in any way within some 300 years.  Much is hearsay or apocrypha.  I am NOT claiming to be a long lost cousin or a missing heir to some fortune of yours; nor am I asking for money for a guaranteed authentic family coat of arms or whatever.  In fact, I am not asking anything of you, although stamped, self-addressed envelopes should be de rigueur and even small reimbursements for postage and supplies, if required to respond to you, would not be taken amiss (this project could get burdensome).]


Being a curious type, I wondered about the various Long Island ("Lawn Guyland") Berliners.  I have run across a lot of "us" and am amassing a minor compendium about "us" and going "off island", too.  The best known (to me), William, is William F., now off Long Island, who is near 70 and was born in Woodmere.  He turned out to be the uncle of a young lady I dated once in the early '50s; we had joked about marrying without having to change anything.  He had two brothers, one of whom was Dean of the Yale Medical School for 11 years.  The other (my one-day lady-friend's father) was Bill's partner in Berliner & Marx, the wholesale meat purveyors in lower Manhattan near the Hudson, specializing in veal (Plume de Veau - "The First Name in Veal"), sold to Beatrice Foods in 1980 and now in Brooklyn (Marx was a brother-in-law).  Bill flew out of Mitchell Field in the USAF Reserve in the late 40's.  Their family lineage is from near Hanover and, when I ran across them, they lived on East Rockaway Road in Hewlett.  Bill is trying to trace his family laterally downward from his great-great-grandfather, Benjamin Berliner (1768-1838), of Harburg, and his great-grandfather, Leopold Berliner, who died in 1857 in Bodenhein am Rhein, one of 8 children of Benjamin.

Robert Arbib's evocative book, "The Lord's Woods", noted on my Long Island page in the section of that name, mentions Ben Berliner (no relation) as a tireless champion of the Lord's Woods; he is not William's brother alluded to as the Yale medical dean noted on my Long Island Berliners list but almost certainly the B.C. Berliner, a doctor who lived on East Rockaway Road in Hewlett ca. 1950.

One of the best known of all Long Island Berliners, and an unrelated neighbor, is Jay Berliner, a famous jazz clarineticist.  He has a summer house in Montauk.  His father was from some Polish/Russian border town; mother same story.  Lots of musicians in family.  First cousin (mother's sister, no Berliner) is mother of Tiny Tim (whoopee-doo!).  See also the Jay listed under other noted Berliners, on the succeding page, who well may be another Jay Berliner who summers on Long Island.

One Herman A. Berliner, another unrelated neighbor, is the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Hofstra University in Hempstead, Long Island.

Another well known Long Islander is Bob, who started Berliner Stereo and Berliner Computer in the Great Neck area; the latter is now LeaseStar (formerly in Port Washington and now in Plainview), selling programs for auto leasing.  His family is from Mishnitz in Lumtza county in Poland.  Bob had retired to the 9,000' altitudes north of Boulder, Colorado, where (I was told proudly by his aunt on 04 Dec 99) he ran a very successful nightclub, Grizzly Bear.  He has two Berliner aunts living who are founts of information.  Bob e-mailed me 13 Dec 00 with an update; it seems he moved from Roslyn, Long Island, to Frisco, Colorado (9,200 feet) in late 1991, after selling LeaseStar, bought a ranch in Castle Rock, Colorado (halfway between Denver and Colorado Springs, a better climate for breeding and training horses - he's a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy's Association and still occasionally rides competitively), worked for Denver Broncos quarterback, John Elway, for a few years in different management capacities, and left to purchase The Grizzly Rose (not "Bear"), Colorado's largest nightclub, which he owned for a short time during 1999 and early 2000 before selling it in order to concentrate on writing and other interests.  Bob wrote a novel, The Kriminal Justice System, under the pseudonym Robert Alan Poe.  In October 1999, Bob sold his original ranch and purchased another property and a log home in Castle Rock (7,000') that "overlooks everything", is staying busy doing consulting work for a number of businesses and spends a lot of time writing and riding - both horses and motorcycles.  Bob has a brother Howard, still on Long island, who runs Sales Prophet Systems - a consultancy to automobile dealerships (that seems to run in the family!).

Stanley D. Berliner is a noted surgeon at North Shore University Hospital.  He probably was the doctor who had an old 1948 Jaguar in the early '50s identical to a clunker I had and who got my parts and vice-versa; Stanley was a collector of fine, old cars.  Meyer B. was a veterinarian who founded the Great Neck Animal Hospital on Northern Boulevard and lived on Route 107.  Bob B's. stereo business was right next to the Animal Hospital and no one believed it was pure coincidence, which Bob assures me it was.  None of these folks was related.

Another Long Island (Great Neck) Berliner who doubles in brass is Neil Berliner, M.D., psychiatrist and national lecturer on psychopharmacology, as well as the writer and manager for "The World's Oldest Rapper", Fruity Nutcake, The Rapping Granny.  Neil has been featured on MTV, VH1's "Rock & Roll Record Breakers", Sally Jessie Raphael, and Howard Stern radio and television shows.

[Now that I've moved to the Boston, Massachusetts, area, guess I'll have to refocus.]   new (20 Aug 2011)

The best known American Berliner is Emile, who was born on 20 May 1851 in Hanover, Germany, and came here in 1870.  He invented the carbon microphone and the disk record and a method of mass producing it and the disk player, the Gramophone.  With his son, Henry, he developed the world's first practical helicopter and Henry went on to found several aircraft companies in the '20s and '30s (remember the Ercoupe/Aircoupe?).  Visit the separate " Emile Berliner and Family" page for more on this fascinating man and his famous family (no relations of mine).

My own family background is directly traced to Posen, Prussia (now Poznan, Poland), many generations back, ca. 1700, from whence the family came here ca. 1850 as persons of some means.  The family was into running clipper ships; unfortunately, they stayed with this long past the ascendancy of steam!  I'm the last of a long line of male-poor generations (there are no male Berliners left in my family after me).  We had, until 1956, an old marriage certificate in German, formerly in Samuel Berliner (Sr.)'s possession, showing an Isaac Berliner marrying an Elsie {last name forgotten} in Germany (Posen or Berlin) ca. 1755.  My father and grandfather were well known Manhattan (New York City) funeral directors, very active in professional, fraternal, and civic affairs, and often pictured on the front page of the New York Times leading a funeral of some famous personage, such as Governor Lehman or Babe Ruth.

Great-great-	   Simon  Berliner	 1803-1857
{Collateral?}	   Samuel Berliner	 ????-1863 {I could have been a IV!}
Great-grandfather  Marcus Berliner	 1828-1908 (came to U.S. ca. 1850)
Grandfather	   Samuel Berliner (Sr.) 1869-1956
Father		   Samuel Berliner, Jr.  1901-1970
Me		   Samuel Berliner, III  1934- {I seem to still be around}

The family legend is that my forbears were court tailors (Hofschneidern) in Prussia.  When Friedrich der Grosser moved the capital of Prussia from Potsdam to Berlin in 1701, the family had to move with the court to keep its custom, becoming the court tailors of Berlin (die Berliner Hofschneidern) and the name stuck (that was when the use of family names was becoming commonplace).

Are you interested in more about various and sundry Berliners (and Berliner firms) and do you have anything to add (and do you care)?  I have added a linked list of those I run across on the Web.

Berliner Bär (Bear)

Berliner Bär (Bear)

The mascot or emblem of the city of Berlin is a bear (Bär), rampant:

This emblem appears on the coat of arms of the city and is NOT a heraldic device for any actual noble Berliner (meaning the family, not the civic adjective)!

Our fuzzy friend is the one that appears on the fraudulent documents, flatware, china, and glassware offered to unsuspecting Berliner families by unscrupulous "genealogical" groups, as noted below.

There is a Berliner Bär site (auf Deutsch) with one English page.   rev (08 Jul 2015)

Berliner Kendall Beer [Berliner Kendall picture by CBC]

Berliner Bier (Beer)

On my Z-Scale (1:220) Model RR pages, I have a segment about Berliner Bier (Beer) cars, noting Berliner Kindl, Berliner Kindl Weisse, Berliner Pilsner Spezial, and Berliner Edelquell.  Thereon, I wonder (Ich wundere mich) if anyone has ever really noticed my last name:   new (08 Jul 2015)

BErlinER or (oder) BerlInER?

Here in the Boston 'butbs is the Cambridge Brewing Company, at 1 Kendall Square (Bldg. 100, to be very specific - a good thing in the MIT neighborhoodZ).  They used to brew Berliner Kendall, a "Berlin-style Wheat Beer", "an homage to Berliner Kindl, an excellent example of a Berliner Weiss, a beer style which is typically only brewed in Berlin, Germany.  It is a very light, refreshingly tart wheat beer that uses some unusual brewing techniques.  First off: hopping.  We don’t put hops in the kettle or fermenter, as one would normally do for most styles of beer, but instead we’ve put whole flowers of aged Hallertauer and Goldings hops directly into the mash.  This brings out very subtle grassy notes with an almost undetectable bitterness.  We then get a little help from our probiotic friend, Lactobacillus!  By fermenting with lactobacillus and our strain of ale yeast, we get a very pleasant tartness with notes of tropical fruit.  Finally, the beer continues to ferment until nearly bone dry, and has a higher than normal carbonation level, which is the reason that Napoleon and his troops hailed it as the 'champagne of the North'.  In more recent history, Berliners have come to drink the beer with a shot of a sweet woodruff (a tea-like herb) or raspberry syrup.  This balances the acidity and adds a refreshing touch of fresh berry or herbal flavor.  We’ve handcrafted both syrups for you to try - kindly ask your server.  We ourselves love the beer "ohne Schuß" (without shot) as well.  So enjoy the last of the warm sunny days with a cold glass of Berliner Kendall, either 'mit Schuß' or 'ohne Schuß'!"

Berliner Kendall ran 4.2% alcohol by volume but is no longer on their active brew list but do drop by CBC if in Cambridge or its surrounds for one of their many other craft beers and some hearty New England fare.

Berliner Miscellany

In Berlin on 27 Sep 1987, I spotted this street sign (in Wilmersdorf, as I recall):

Berliner Straße 9-87
> (27 Sep 87 photo by and © 1987 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

(Of course, it almost certainly refers to the city, not the family.)


A Berliner is a sort of flattened, jelly-filled doughnut, which apparently originated in Berlin; JFK cracked up the Berliners in his famous speech because he said, in effect, "I am a doughnut"*.  There is also a cookie called "Berlinerkranze", from Norway, I'm told.  Aha! - Norw. "Berliner Kranser", according to Mama's Kitchen {link broken} {n.o.f.} in Watchung, New Jersey, are Norwegian Butter Rings "made with the richest butter, egg yolks and topped with pearl sugar" {yum!}:

* - JFK actually said "Ich bin ein Berliner" instead of "Ich bin Berliner", the latter meaning "I am a Berliner" (I am from Berlin).  However, there is learned (and acrimonious - town vs. gown) debate about this; the "ein" makes it "a citizen/resident of" Berlin.

A Berliner (the doughnut) is also known as a Bismark (per James T. Ehler's Food Reference site).

There may also be a Chicago-area chocolate bar called a Berliner (I checked - as of 17 Dec 97; Chicago never answered).

Speaking of the City of Berlin, there are Berlins in all northeast states except Maine and Rhode Island (get with it, guys!):  Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Vermont.  In addition, a quick scan of an atlas turned up Berlins in Georgia, Maryland, and Wisconsin, but none in Canada or Mexico.  So, there it is; just what you always wanted to know!

Berliners are also a type of handcuff, a "famous escape cuff from yesteryear", made in Berlin and seen in many Houdini-era escape show posters, and now reproduced.

Berliner is also a rather elegant type font:

Berliner Font Sample

There is also a junior high school (Realschule) in Hanover named for Emile, the Emil-Berliner-Schule.

On the puzzling side, there appears to be a minor league baseball club called the

I swear!

Mostly I ignore the adjectival (non-familial) listings, such as the Philharmonik, but one of the more intriguing is the BERKOM (Berliner Kommunikations System), Berliner communication system, a hyper-speed communication network researched by Deutsche Bundespost Telekom.  Several new problems have turned up in surfing "Berliner"; old Dr. Ernst Berliner's* ubiquitous "Bacillus Thuringiensis" keeps turning up in hits for agricultural reports from all over California, Lawrence J. Berliner has published prolifically, and

"One siting option carriers have besides monopoles is placing sites on billboards.  Paramus, N.J.-based Berliner Communications, Inc. (BCI) works with 90 billboard companies from all over the United States that make their signs available for wireless companies."

There are a number of beers in and around Berlin using the name Berliner; Berliner Kindl (Children), Berliner Kindl Weisse (White), Berliner Kindl Habel's Bock, Berliner Kindl Export, Berliner Kindl Jubiläums Pils, Berliner Kindl Pils, Berliner Kindl Heller Bock, Berliner Kindl Johanniter Bock, Berliner Kindl Dunkler Bock, Berliner Weisse (White), Berliner Pilsner Spezial, and Berliner Edelquell.  You can see four (4) Z-scale Berliner bier cars on my Z-scale model railroading page (Z is only 220 times smaller than life!).

The Berliner Bank in Germany (wish I owned it!) had a weird URL (which no longer seem to work):  http://www.goon.de/ (http://www.berliner-bank.de does)!

Berliners of the World, Unite!  Ban this instrument of torture:

Berliner Reflex Hammer

Actually, it is no more sinister (except when used on the left leg) than a "Berliner Reflex Hammer"; you know, one of them thar thangs what you thumps a knee with to make it jerk.  A relative sent this.  Wonder if it is named for one of us'ns (Dr. Ernst?) or the city?

A bit of personal apocrypha:  Some six months after my father (Sam, Jr.) died, I had occasion to call his office on business.  The elderly Irish(or Italian?)-American switchboard lady he had kept on long after retirement age was still there and I breezily announced myself as "Sam Berliner", forgetting that my telephone voice was identical to Dad's.  The poor lady cried out in mortal terror, "Oh, my God, my God!" and I bellowed into the receiver, "No, no, Ms. Fitz {or whatever}, it's Junior-Junior!", the office's endearment for me when little, which had stuck, and she responded with a heartfelt, "Oh, thank God!".

An Allan Page posted a query on June 20, 1997 looking for information on Ephram Berliner, 1850s in NYC; married to Bertha Meyers (his URL, http://www.tnp.com/nycgenweb/wwwboard/messages/1104.html, is not on my server).

And then there is the putative "Barry Berliner", who probably doesn't even exist, much like Betty Crocker or Ann Page, who purports to offer an "amazing book", "THE BERLINERS IN AMERICA: FROM 1850 TO 1998"!  WOW!  I'm SO impressed!  I got a great coat of arms this way, once - it turned out to be that of the city of Berlin (see BEAR, above)!  Another time, I got an "heirloom", "crystal" goblet (same coat of arms).  Mr. Barry B. may be legit., but I rather guess the book would turn out to be one of those computer compilations of census data.  If you want to have a go at it, "he" is "with" Halbert's at 3687 Ira Road, Bath, Ohio  44210, and telephone number 330-945-8200.  Good luck and DON'T say Sam sent you!  Halbert's is a census data and heritage publishing firm, "specializing in surname products".  Just for kicks, I plugged in "Berliner" and they report a whopping 514 families in the U.S. (actually, the accompanying letter claims all of 566 and even states that it offers census data records of 27 Berliners); there are probably more than that many in the New York metropolitan area, alone!

In a report from India, Bt Cotton or Better Cotton?, Kunal Datt writes {excerpted}:

"Bt Cotton is a genetically engineered form of natural cotton.  The main advantage of utilizing biotechnology in agriculture are the possibilities of increase in productivity through the use of newer varieties that possess properties such as resistance to pests, diseases, and other stressful conditions like drought, salinity, or water logging.  Of these measures, imparting the property of insect (specific) resistance through the transfer of a gene from Bacillus Thuringiensis (Bt) into target plants by modern biotech methods is presently considered to be one of the most advanced applications of biotechnology.

- - -
The toxin in Bt Cotton exists in nature within the microorganism Bacillus Thuringiensis.  The Japanese Bacteriologist Ishiwata Shigetane first discovered it in 1901.  Subsequently in 1915 a German scientist, named Ernst Berliner, isolated this toxin from a dead Moth in Thuringen region of Germany.  And thus the name Bacillus Thuringiensis."


Does anyone out there know (or know of)

Ronald and Lois Berliner

n.o.f. from Rego Park Queens, New York, or their daughter,

Jody Paula Berliner?

Born Joanne Palermo ca. 1960,

she is claimed to have been adopted (from a mother who ran a store in Yonkers, New York), at age 2 or 3 (ca. 1962-63) and her half-sister, Anna Maria (born Michele Ann ca. 1959), who has located a third sister, Roxanne (born ca. 1961), is looking for her.

This is as far as I've progressed (if you count my continuation pages) on what is a very casual pursuit; let me know if you have additions, errata, emendations, etc.  Surfing for "Berlin" brings up


hits, while surfing for "Berliner" alone brings up


hits (on Google, as of 07 Mar 2014 .  It was "only" 130,000,000 and 15,400,000 on 03 Jan 2006 - it was only 100,000 when I started this page); everything about Berlin comes up since "Berliner" is a German adjective meaning "from Berlin".  Deselecting the newspapers Berliner Morgenpost, Tagenblatt, and Zeitung, and the Berliner Philharmonik, and the rapid transit "Berliner S-bahn" and "U-bahn", and "Kinoprogramm" (movie program) and "Wetterkarte" (weather maps), and German phrases such as "die Berliner" and "der Berliner", and such, can drastically reduce the numbers and there are still too many!  Deselecting "Stimme", "ARiC", and "Treptow" also helps.  For the continuation pages, which you might enjoy, see the INDEX, above.

Here, for your great edification, is my 1993 Matchbox Collectibles model of the 1932 Mercedes model LS box truck (4¼"/108mm long) decorated for that very Berliner MORGENPOST newspaper:

Berliner Morgenpost truck
(19 Aug 2002 photo by and © 2002 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

Henry and Anna Berliner - ca. 1874

I received a phone call on 15 Nov 1999 from a gentleman in the Escanaba, Michigan, area who has a portfolio of ten photographs from 1874 of Henry and Anna Berliner and their six children, which he wishes to return to the rightful descendants or sell.


  What happens to all this when I DIE or (heaven forfend!) lose interest?  See LEGACY.


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