Saturday Feb 12, 1944
Today is the Sabbath, a day of rest in the Brooklyn household. Today is also Lincoln’s birthday and Brooklyn is blanketed by the biggest snowfall in 3 years. It may be cold outdoors but it’s hot indoors – thanks to a live broadcast this evening by Glenn Miller and the Army Air Force Band. Some of the grownups are even getting up and dancing in the living room. (Click on the link and you’ll hear why.) It’s hard to resist that Big Band music. Miller is a genuine American hero, entertaining troops abroad. He was too old to be drafted so he volunteered for the Navy. But they didn’t want him. So he persuaded the Army to let him take over its band. Did you know he bought his first instrument, a trombone, from money he earned milking cows? So what if he was a school dropout.