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BY CARLA HINTON chinton@opubco.com Published: May 28, 2011
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I put two and two together this week after learning about an interesting project being conducted in conjunction with Jewish American Heritage Month in May.

The designated month is a way to celebrate the contributions that Jewish Americans have made to American history, culture and society.

Many people know that an Oklahoman invented the shopping cart, but perhaps they did not realize that Sylvan Nathan Goldman (1898-1984) was Jewish. As part of the Jewish American Heritage Month's 2011 initiative “50 States, 50 Stories,” Goldman's story is being distributed across the nation.

A self-service grocer, Goldman realized he could provide better service and sell more groceries in his Humpty Dumpty supermarket chain in Oklahoma City if his customers had the means to carry more merchandise. His other inventions besides the shopping cart included the grocery sacker, the folding interoffice basket carrier, the milk bottle rack and the baggage carts now seen in most every airport in the world.

Jewish American Heritage Month originated in 2006, when President George W. Bush proclaimed that May would be designated as a time to celebrate Jewish American contributions to the nation.