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Memories Of 1939
Watching "The War" series on KET, I was reminded of how things were back then.
On September 1, 1939, when Germany invaded Poland, I vividly recall the acute interest and fuss all the adults were making of the news. Classes in elementary school gathered in the gym to listen to the European war news. Everyone, but me, realized that things were going to get sticky in Europe and elsewhere if we got into the war.
I was only 11 years old in 1939. In those early war years of the 1940s, nearly all of America listened to nightly news reports, like those of Walter Winchell who began his stirring commentaries with, "Good evening, Mr. and Mrs. North America and all the ships at sea...Flash!"
Being young at the time my radio antennas were more attuned to the likes of Hop Harrigan and Captain Midnight, Inner Sanctun, I Love A Mystery, and such. We took care of the enemy in our own way.
My dad was a WWI veteran who served in the trenches of Baccarat, Avocourt, and the Meuse-Argonne in France and Belgium. He proudly displayed a large oval picture of his company in the living room. He was a machine gunner with the 37th (Buckeye) Division from Ohio.
Whenever I was playing in the house, the living room was off limits while Dad listened to the nightly news. I followed the unspoken rule (Mom gave it to me) and didn't speak to Dad if he didn't speak first, or as an exception, when supper was ready. Although Dad listened to Walter Winchell, William L. Shirer, and others, his two favorites were Gabriel Heatter and Lowell Thomas. Heatter's opening comment often was, "Ah, there's good news tonight..."
I clearly remember Lowell Thomas closing with, "And so long until tomorrow."
Following the news, we listened to "Amos and Andy" and enjoyed dessert. Mom always had dessert. Ah, what memories!
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