Edgar Bergen - Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Normally during the summertime, people spend their free time outside, getting hot, working or sitting in the sun, sweating.  Well, the American Treasure Tour offers a different option.  We suggest that you get a group together (big or small), give us a call and set up a tour.  We guarantee a great time (unless your fear of clowns absolutely overwhelms you), and a trip down memory lane.  Today, we are going to talk about a performer who made people laugh most of his life:  Edgar Bergen.

This son of Swedish immigrants started his career in vaudeville, way back in 1919, after he created a lifelong friend out of a wood block and a broomstick - Charlie McCarthy.  Edgar and Charlie did well on the circuit, but became famous, ironically, on the radio, a befuddling concept for many. But fans thought Charlie was a real character and enjoyed the humor.  When they broke into television and movies, audiences could see Edgar's mouth moving, but they didn't care.  The popularity of his act - including the addition of Mortimer Snerd in 1938 - continued much of his life, until his passing in 1978 at the age of 75.
QUESTION:  In which of the following films did Edgar Bergen perform without his wooden companions?
A)  Look Who's Laughing (1941)
B)  I Remember Mama (1948)
C)  Disney's Fun and Fancy Free (1947)
D)  Stage Door Canteen (1943)

STAND BY YOUR PRINCIPLES.  This is a time of anniversaries - some good ones, some not so good.  For example, we just completed the sesquicentennial (150 years) of the American Civil War.  Meanwhile, we are in full swing for the centennial (100 years) of the Great War.  World War I began in 1914, and was ravaging Europe while President Woodrow Wilson gave it his all to keep the United States out of the conflict.  Then, the RMS Lusitania was sunk by German u-boats, and over a hundred American travelers were killed in the incident.  Wilson was, to put it mildly, angry over the tragedy (and overlooked the fact that the ship was carrying arms when it was not supposed to be).  It escalated American involvement in the war that would result, eventually, in America sending troops 'over there' in 1917.  As a protest against Wilson's reaction, Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan resigned his post on this day in 1915.

ANYTHING GOES!  Happy birthday, Cole Porter!  Born today in 1891, this prolific songwriter created more memorable tunes - most used in Broadway musicals - than almost any other American.  Whether you know it or not, you know his songs - there are simply too many classics to list here - and he has the distinction of having his 1941 classic Kiss Me Kate win the very first Tony Award for Best Musical. 

QUOTE:  All the world loves a clown - Cole Porter

ANSWER:  B)  I Remember Mama