Linda Gureasko Yang RIP

From the New York Times:

Linda Yang, Who Offered Advice for Urban Gardeners, Dies at 83

By Penelope Green – May 4, 2020

Ms. Yang grew trees, flowers and herbs on a 19th-floor terrace. She was a contributor to The New York Times from 1979 until 1995.

Linda Yang, a gardening writer and author, died on April 20 at her home in Manhattan. She was 83.

As a gardening columnist for The New York Times, Linda Yang wrote about community gardens, terrace farms and other urban plots.
Credit…Marion Cowings

Her death was confirmed by her son, David Yang, who said the cause was cardiovascular disease.

From a windy terrace on the 19th floor of her Yorkville apartment, Ms. Yang grew trees, flowers and herbs, and taught others to do so with her 1975 book, “The Terrace Gardener’s Handbook.”

In 1979, she began writing about gardening for the Home section of The New York Times, exploring community gardens, terrace farms like her own and other urban plots. She contributed to the section until 1995.

Linda Gureasko was born on Feb. 20, 1937, in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Her father, Edward Gureasko, was an aviation mechanic; her mother, Esther Freden, was a schoolteacher.

In 1960, she married John Yang, an architect and landscape photographer, in Istanbul. The couple had met at the University of Pennsylvania, where both were studying architecture. Ms. Yang worked for the architect Edward Durell Stone before becoming a gardening author.

Besides her son, who is the director of Chamber Music at the University of Pennsylvania, she is survived by a daughter, Naomi Yang, a video director, graphic designer and photographer who was a founder of the ’90s-era indie band Galaxie 500, and two granddaughters. John Yang died in 2009.

Ms. Yang’s readers were devoted to her columns. One, Ken Roman, recalled recently how he would write her regularly with questions, and she always responded, signing her letters with “pots of love.”

One year, as a birthday present to him, Mr. Roman’s wife asked Ms. Yang to come and consult on their roof garden. She agreed, with one caveat: “I won’t jump out of a cake.”

New Photo Upload for Website – with gallery & slideshow option, and image search

I have added a new tool called Photosmash for the Gureasko Heritage Site that will allow any family member to upload directly to this site. It will also show the images in a gallery or slideshow, and let you search for images with a particular tag (e.g. “Ruth” would show images that have been tagged with her name). I am just starting to learn how to set this up, and will let you know how to use it when I can.

Gureasko family photos now on Flickr

This post shows images of Ruth Gureasko Bobrow from the new Gureasko Family flickr account set up by Kimberly Bobrow Jennery.

On the Home page, you’ll only see thumbnails. Click the Continue Reading link to see the full post.

[slickr-flickr tag=”ruth”]

This test post shows a number of photos that were tagged “ruth”. Click on one, and it will show it larger. You may scan through the slides by clicking on the Next or Previous buttons (they show up when you move your mouse over the photo). You can also use the right arrow on your keyboard to move forward, or the left arrow to move to the previous photo. Click the close box or hit the Escape key to close the slides.

Kimberly has been using Flickr for all of her photos for a long time, and she has generously purchased an account for the family ($25 per year) that will allow unlimited photos to be uploaded. We’ll be trying out different ways to integrate the photos into the website.

I will email the family email list the login and password for this Flickr account, so you can upload photos whenever you wish. In addition to uploading, a very useful thing to do is to go through the photos and “tag” them with people’s names. That way one can easily search for and display all photos that are tagged “Ricky” (for example). I suggest we tag with first names to make it simple, except where there would be confusion.

– Ricky

TNG Family Tree is now set for private access

I realized that although access was controlled to the Family Tree page, that the TNG online system itself could be viewed directly by the public. To avoid any issues, I have made it necessary to login to the TNG program in order to view genealogy data.

When you click the Family Tree page, you’ll see the TNG Home view, and need to Login there (underneath Other Features) before it will show you anything. There is a checkbox to “Stay logged in on this computer” which may make it easier for the next time – try checking this when you enter your username and password.

If you have any problems logging in, please send an email to Kimberly, and she can make sure you have your login name and password set up properly. Also, if you want to edit the Family Tree direct

Links to various family tree lists (private post – login to view)

A few family members have shared PDF or Word files with family tree info. I have uploaded them so anyone interested may access them. This post is private, so only family members will see these links.

We will maintain this post with a complete set of links for any family tree documents that are submitted. If you have additional materials you’d like to share, please send them to Ricky or Kimberly.

Sandra Yoder
(Compiled around 2006)

Bob Auerhahn

Barry Berger

Compilation of the TNG family tree to date (March 29, 2010), text only, 3 pages, starting from Jacob Gurievski (Louis Gureasko’s father) – created by Eric (Ricky) Bobrow:

Email Archive now up and running

When you get a chance, please click the Email Archive link in the navigation menu in the upper left of this website. It will take you to the Google Group that I’ve set up for the Gureasko family. At this point, it’s publicly visible (if someone knows the name of the group), but I will make it password protected soon (you’ll need to login to view).

You can see there all the emails in the past couple of days that have been sent to the family email list. It’s quite nice to be able to view them as a collection, particularly since Google organizes them by subject. There are various options you can explore, including tree view, which shows how the responses and comments came in and their relation to each other.

This system does not incorporate earlier emails (from before the date I started the Google Group), much of which I manually summarized and posted directly here on the website. Emails sent via Posterous are not included either – I may be able to incorporate them, or may close down the Posterous service – I’m not sure at this point.

I’m very pleased with how things are taking shape! It’s exciting to hear all of your stories and recollections, and I’m very much looking forward to the photos and videos coming soon.

Much love to you all,
Eric (Ricky) Bobrow

The Family Tree is Online!

Kimberly Bobrow Jennery and her friend Kathryn have imported the family tree data into our online system. To view, click on the Family Tree page at the top left of your screen. Since this page is private (family members only), you’ll need to log in to the website with the user name and password that were emailed to you last week.

If you need any help logging in, please send an email to Kimberly and she can confirm or correct your user name and password.

To make corrections in the family tree data, please email Kimberly (if it’s a change you are certain about) or the family email list (if it’s a historical item that you’d like to ask others to confirm). If you prefer, you may request to edit the family tree directly; Kimberly can set you up for that.

In addition to simple data (e.g. name, birth and death dates and places, marriage and children, etc.) the system can compile and integrate photos, notes and citations. Please add whatever you can to make the record of our family heritage as rich and detailed as possible!

Eric (Ricky) Bobrow

OK, this time I’d like you to respond (a Gureasko request from Ricky)

ruth marty hilda


[Original picture was on Posterous site, which has now closed; so I’m putting up this beautiful picture instead.]

Hi Family –

I’m trying different methods to post to the new Gureasko website, and want to see how well this free Posterous service works. Let’s pretend this is a post about some family topic, and I’ve included a photo as an attachment. In this case, it’s a 3mb (fairly large) photo of Ruth and Marty in bathing suits, that Michael sent in one of his earlier uploads. Part of this test will be to see if the photo shows up in the Post on the website, and whether a version of it comes through in the email notification.

Now, as to your responses…

Does anyone know when and where this photo was taken? I’d guess it was early 30’s in Atlantic City, since I know that Marty was doing lots of stuff there at that time. However, it doesn’t show the Steel Pier, so it could have been anywhere. Also, judging by Marty’s hair and Mom’s figure, perhaps this was a little later in time, although this could be a bad guess.

I’d like to get a few responses from whoever cares to chime in. As part of the test, please (using the feature provided by Posterous) put your reply above the dashed line, right at the top of the email you receive. This should make your response show up as a “Comment” on the site rather than as a separate “Post”.

I’m interested in seeing whether these responses / comments are sent out to the family email list. My hope is that this service will make it easy to post by email, and respond via email, and collect everything nicely on the website.

Love to all,




Posted via email from Gureasko Website Post by Email

Should the whole Gureasko website be private?

I’d like to ask for your feedback about whether the site as a whole should be private, or only the genealogy (family tree) page, along with other posts that are specifically chosen to be private.

Michael posted a comment based on a personal experience he had when someone called him and tried to run a confidence game based on knowing some details about his background at Columbia University architecture:

  • “it should be private. we were unsuccessfully scammed based upon personal knowledge”

I’m not sure whether Michael wanted everything to be private, or just the parts I outlined, since his comment was so brief.

Please add your comments to this post and share your feelings about this topic.

— Ricky