Saturday, Apr. 10, 1943
In Australia General Douglas MacArthur, asked about the proposed ban on soldiers in politics, answered “Let’s get on with the war.” And that’s exactly what was going on the world over. Japanese planes sank four Allied destroyers off Guadalcanal while Allied airmen blasted Japanese bases on New Guinea. Rommel continued his retreat in Tunisia while the Nazis braced for an Allied invasion in Norway. Over 1000 Nazis had already been killed in hand-to-hand combat with the Russians. All this affected Americans on the Home Front. Everybody had a family member or knew someone fighting somewhere. That awareness made distractions and entertainments so welcome. Today you could listen to the Chicago Cubs/Louisville game on the radio or to Groucho Marx in the evening. Or, for a real treat, watch “Fantasia” at the movie theater. This 1940 hit was and still is a welcome escape.