While Bernie and his sisters were growing up, they could spend a dime to go to the movie houses and watch silent movies known as "Flickers." They laughed at comedies starring Charlie Chaplin or the Keystone Kops and were entertained by the adventures
of "Tarzan of the Apes" and the first of the movie queens such as Mary Pickford, Sarah Bernhardt, Theda Bara, and Lilian and Dorothy Gish on the big screen.
Bernie's luck was running high during a matinee raffle one afternoon. He held the winning ticket
for a diamond ring! Of course, the authorities wouldn't give the prize to such a little boy, so someone from home had to come pick up the ring for him.