Vaughn Monroe - Monday, October 19, 2015

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We here at the American Treasure Tour blog do not tire of looking at the pieces in our collection. On Friday, we talked about a strange marionette we have on display in the Toy Box.  Today, we move to the Music Room to honor a performer who was definitely at the top of his game in the 1940's and 1950's.  Vaughn Monroe. The poster advertising his October 27th performance dates to 1966.  The venue at which he performed the Sunnybrook Ballroom in Pottstown, Pennsylvania.  There are many posters on display at the Treasure Tour advertising top notch performers who appeared there.  But today is Vaughn's day.  Mr. Monroe's, to you.

Vaughn Monroe was born on October 7th, 1911 (we should have honored his birthday a few weeks ago!) in Akron, Ohio.  He had numerous ambitions as a young man, and achieved many of them. Best known as a singer, Monroe was also a band leader, an author, an actor, and a restauranteur - he had his own nightclub called The Meadows in Framingham, Massachusetts for many years.  But mostly, he sang.  His signature baritone voice was perfect for the 1941 song "Racing With the Moon," as well as many others.  He was often heard on radio, starred in a handful of films, and published his own children's book, becoming an executive at RCA in his later years.
QUESTION:  What famous dog is closely associated with RCA?
A)  Rin Tin Tin
B)  Lassie
C)  Nipper
D)  Benji

CAN'T HAVE THEM!  Richard Nixon's presidency stands as one of the most controversial in American history, all thanks largely to his handling of the scandal associated with a break-in that occurred on June 17, 1972 at the Watergate Hotel.  We won't get into the whole thing, (it's complicated), but the Executive Branch of the U.S. government was implicated in the ensuing cover up, and President Nixon was called upon to hand over potentially incriminating audiotapes of conversations recorded in his office.  It was on this day in 1973 when Nixon declared that, as President, he had the right to ignore the laws average citizens were required to obey and refused the court order to hand them over.  Spoiler Alert:  it would not end well for Nixon.

QUOTE:  Only if you have been in the deepest valley can you know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain. - Richard Nixon

ANSWER:  C)  Nipper