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History of the Parachute Jump: The Brooklyn Eiffel Tower!

The Parachute Jump in Coney Island-Brooklyn, NY

Since I named the publishing company for my book legacy project, ‘Parachute Jump Publishing’ I thought you might want to learn a little about the Parachute Jump in Coney Island. It’s dubbed ‘the Brooklyn Eiffel Tower’ and it’s a 262 foot structure.

The Parachute Jump was originally built for the 1939 World’s Fair in Queens and it was moved to Coney Island in 1941.  It stopped operating as a ride in 1968.  Riders used to be hoisted up by a cable system and dropped in a parachute for less than 20 seconds.

One couple got married on this ride. On August 25, 1940 was the wedding of Arno Rudolphi and Ann Hayward.  The wedding party and band looked on from other parachutes.  The couple wed, kissed and parachuted down as husband and wife!

The Parachute Jump has been seen in many feature films, starting with Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 1941 (set in the World’s Fair). It also was featured heavily in the Oscar-nominated Little Fugitive(1953). Much later it appeared in 2000’s Requiem for a Dream, 2002’s Two Weeks Notice and the 1998 Spike Lee movie He Got Game. It can also be seen on the back of Cyndi Lauper’s She’s So Unusual album.

Recently, the Parachute Jump got a 2 million dollar upgrade with 8000 LED lights and it’s reportedly so bright that it can be seen from outer space!

It is very beautiful when lit up in all its colors and now they even installed speakers so it plays music and people can dance.  To me, the Parachute Jump represents the magic of Coney Island-both its history and its growth.

The Cancer Path Link

I now have a site just for my cancer path books,  So the full cancer path blog has moved here, but below you can see the latest excerpts!

Even thought the 4 books I will be publishing about my cancer path will be a part of my Legacy books, I felt they deserved a site for themselves.

Please check out the new site and let me know what you think.

Thank you,


The Cancer Path blog excerpts…
  •  Pre-cancer:

    Have you ever stopped to remember your life, pre-cancer?  In one of the books I read how a cancer survivor described her life BC and AC (denoting it as ‘before and after cancer’ instead of ‘before and after Christ’). Still, it’s important to recall better times and to remember that you are more than this […]
  • Diagnosis:

      Finding out your diagnosis is a very difficult because it’s the first time that you are hearing this news and you know that your life is going to radically change as a result. It’s great to have a loved one there with you in your doctor’s office to take notes.  Your doctor may rattle […]

    There is a test that you can take to find out if you have the BRCHA gene.  Jewish Ashkenazi women have a statistically higher chance of having this breast cancer gene. Five to ten percent of all women with breast cancer have BRCA 1 or 2 from their parents. In addition, 80% of women with […]
  • Path Changes

    When your path suddenly changes, sometimes your actions need to change too.  Finding out that you have cancer is enough to drive you towards the Ben & Jerry’s and make you want to hide under the covers but when you find out you have a life threatening illness, you often want to do everything you […]
  • Telling Your Kids

    There is no easy answer about how to tell young kids that you have cancer, or at least how to explain your hospital visits and bald head.  This video answers the question about how we did this but you can consult a therapist or check out these websites below for more information. I think it’s […]
  • 7 Tips to Get You Through Losing Your Hair:

    A woman’s hair is one of her biggest assets of femininity but you can still feel beautiful and feminine, even bald.  Here are some tips to get you through losing your hair. 1- Feel your feelings.  Let yourself feel sad or angry about losing your hair. 2-Consider cutting your hair short first so it won’t […]
  • Cancer Path Lessons

    Sometimes cancer can lead you down a spiritual path to help you discover your soul’s purpose and what is most important to you. For me this meant connecting to my Higher self and wanting to give back by leaving my messages behind in the form of books. I also learned many spiritual lessons on my […]
  • Your Legacy

    When you are faced with a life threatening illness, sometimes it makes you think about the legacy you’d like to leave behind. Most of us have a legacy anyway.  It’s our family, friends, kids, our clients and colleagues, creative products and the life we have lead. However, often cancer survivors want to creative something more […]
  • Your Spiritual Practices

    Having a life threatening illness often makes people think about what happens after this life.  It may make you question your relationship with God, explore your ideas about heaven and find new ways to connect to your Higher Self and soul’s wisdom.  We can all do this with practice. People use many spiritual practices to […]
  • Cancer Video About Health

    We may not be able to control whether cancer returns or when illness can strike but in the new year we can all work on doing our best to improve our health habits.  This is an ongoing project for me.  Since being diagnosed with breast cancer almost a year ago, I have worked to improve […]

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When Mars Women Date Link

I now have a site just for When Mars Women Date.  So this blog has moved here, but below you can see the excerpts of my latest blogs!

The amount of interest this new book has generated has lead me to believe that it would be best to set up a whole community, with newsletters, teleclasses, counseling and more.

So please bookmark the new site and sign-up for the When Mars Women Date Newsletter to stay in the loop.

Thank you,



Dr. Paulette Kouffman Sherman is a Licensed Psychologist with concentrations in school psychology and family therapy.  She is a certified empowerment coach, an author, teacher and speaker.  She has worked as a healer in a variety of settings including high schools, universities, hospitals, partial programs, nursing homes, group and private psychotherapy practices and nursery lab schools.

Dr. Sherman specializes in relationship issues and is the author of ‘Dating From the Inside Out: How to Use the Law of Attraction in Matters of the Heart’ published by Atria Books. She’s also the Director of My Dating School in New York City ( )and has been a frequent speaker at The Learning Annex. Dr. Sherman writes a column as the NY Love Examiner, and has been an expert on the CBS Early Show, the AM Northwest Early Show and the Curtis Sliwa show on 77WABC. She has been quoted as a relationship expert in over 30 outlets such as, USA Weekend, the NY Post, Crains, Newsweek,, More,,, FoxBusiness, Better Homes & Gardens, Reader’s Digest, Redbook, Glamour, Forbes, Woman’s Day, Metro newspapers, Men’s Health, True Story, Seventeen and Complete Woman’ magazines, and The New York Times.

Today Dr. Sherman is the owner of Parachute Jump Publishing, which publishes “books that inspire you to love more!”  Her goal is to leave a legacy of books that help readers live lives they love, while expressing their authentic selves and forming meaningful, loving relationships.

Please support this count-down life-time goal of leaving at least 22 books behind as a legacy.