"Hello Central! Give Me No Man's Land" - Wednesday, August 26, 2015

With all the amazing movie and music memorabilia hanging on the walls here at the American Treasure Tour, there should really be no surprise that we have a wonderful collection of sheet music, too. Space restrictions limit what we can put on display; however, we do have some placed in the Music Room, including the 1918 war song "Hello Central!  Give Me No Man's Land." The song was first performed by Al Jolson - famous for 1927's The Jazz Singer, the world's first 'talkie' - in the play Sinbad.  

The lyrics were written by Sam M. Lewis and Joe Young, the melody by Jean Schwartz, and describes a phone call made by a little girl who should have been sleeping, but missed her father.  She asks the operator to connect her to No Man's Land, where she believes her father is fighting during World War I; however, she does not know that he had already been killed during the terrible fighting.  America officially got into the conflict in 1917 and, during the seventeen months they were actively sending troops into harm's way, four million troops were mobilized, and 110,000 men were killed in action.  Although our casualties paled in comparison to the other fighting nations, it still had a devastating impact on our population, and this song likely hit very close to home for many families.
QUESTION:  Which of the following was not a popular song during World War I?
A)  "Over There"
B)  "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"
C)  "Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag"
D)  "Hush-a-Bye Me Baby"

HALF THE POPULATION!  Today's anniversary celebrates one of the most important days in the lives of millions of American women because, in 1920, women finally received the right to vote!  72 years after the Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, and 144 years after the Declaration of Independence, the fairer sex had the same access to the voting polls as men.  Of course, everything remained unequal and, fifty years later, the Women's Strike for Equality made clear many of the challenges that remained.

KEVIN IS 35!  Yes, it may be difficult to believe, but the actor who became famous for being left Home Alone in 1990, Macauley Culkin, is now officially in his mid-thirties!  Of course, it helps that his most famous film came out when he was ten, but it may not help that, after a string of hits including Uncle Buck (1989), My Girl (1991) and The Pagemaster (1994) he virtually disappeared from theaters.  He does occasionally make appearances in front of the camera, though, and he plays music.  We have likely not seen the last of Mr. Culkin.  Happy birthday!

QUOTE: I lead a simple life.  I feed the fish.  I walk the dogs.  I cook dinner.  Occasionally I take a meeting. - Macauley Culkin

ANSWER:  B)  Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" - that was made famous by the Andrews Sisters during World War II