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December 7, 1941 - Where I heard the news. Please see comment

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Found it Michelle thank to the spot "Sort by most recent comments." Answered you there.


I was raised by my paternal grandparents which helps explain the radio.


Ardy, left you a message on another one of yours too...

Incredible? Pish-tosh; I just YouTube searched and there he was with all his lovely ladies! I use YouTube to listen to music while I jigidi-around (lol) . I adore Ella Fitzgerald (my favourite, of all time, singer) and listen to lots of different genres. However, I do so like so much of the big band stuff; I wonder if it was the subliminal influence of all those cartoons I used to watch. Duke Ellington, bring it on! This week, of course, I was listening to a lot of Dave Brubeck, for the obvious reasons. The passing of a musical icon.

(You and my dad...I was right! Dad played alto sax (and guitar and some piano) and sang (hymns, folk, rock, opera, etc.) so eclectic music appreciation was something I learned from the cradle onwards, I suspect.)

btw: Forgot to tell you that hubby loved your family's radio. We waxed serious and didn't mention that. His (childhood) best friend's family had a Zenith just like it. I got a lesson about the glass dial, the bakelite knobs....etc.! (My grandparents had something similar but not the same brand.)


Francine, I missed your comment somehow. Sorry. This generated quite a bit of reflection. If you want to read more of same go to roseheather's copy of the revision of Roosevelt's speech. Memories can be triggered by the smallest things - although this radio was rather large. Thanks for stopping by.


Michelle, This is incredible!! Thank you. I think they were on Sunday evenings when I was a kid - just before bedtime. I don't know about your dad but I'm 76. I am aware of Spike Jones but we never listened to him. Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman - lots of memories resurfacing here. Thanks.

(I left a message on your most recent puzzle about your husband's comment to roseheather.)


Ardy, I'm a day late and have read all the comments with interest. It was great of you to post this image.


Turn on your speakers and listen to Enjoy the trip down memory lane...

I had to share that with you, since I had never heard of Phil Spitalny and his All Girl Orchestra until you mentioned it below. I went on a search and am listening to it now! Several of the other radio performers I have heard and I enjoy listening to the old radio programmes on Sirius 82 (which include Jack Benny). I know these are "before my time" but (should I tell you? *cringe*) you are a year older than my dad (if I did my math right) and he waxed nostalgic about growing up listening to these shows. I grew up in a musically eclectic household and my hubby enjoys big band and swing music too. (He introduced me to one you didn't mention - Spike Jones. lol!)

I agree that sharing these memories is so important. It is also important to realize that we all have similar basic wants no matter who we are and from which country in the world we hail. Most of us want to live in peace and have our families be safe, healthy and happy. So simple, really. I love that one of the positive benefits of the internet is that it allows us to meet each other and share interests without boundaries! As you said, Magnus and Stefan are in Denmark and if you just look at the comments below, there are people from at least three different countries who have contributed to this discussion. Amazing world, isn't it? Michelle (sorry, forgot to sign my name before...)


Michelle, weeks ago I was going through my photo albums looking for things that I thought might make interesting posts for Jigidi. I came across this photo of the radio and that image - visual and auditory - of Dec. 7, 1941 came to mind. That memory and others that I shared here are some of my most vivid of childhood. I knew then I had to use it on Dec. 7.

That radio also provided many hours of entertainment - Henry Aldridge, Judy Canova, Hit Parade, Phil Splitony (not sure of that spelling) and his all girl orchestra and chorus, Fred Waring, Stella Dallas, Lorenzo Jones and his wife Bell, FIbber McGee and Molly, Jack Benny - well you get the idea!! But life is full of the good and bad, happy and sad. Sometimes we need to stop and remember before there is no one left to remember.

Thank you for telling me this. I'm going back to check her site again. I was there yesterday at one point. I love Jigidi. I am very thankful for Magnus and Stefan for providing us with this venue of learning and sharing and fun.


Ardy, you have provoked a lot of conversation and an emotional response with the people below and in our own home. As my husband said when he looked at your beautiful radio, he can't help but hope that it brought you better news and entertainment that made you happy as well.

To quote Sherman: "War is hell." So right.

roseheather says that she posted the "day in infamy" speech in response to your puzzle and comments here. That, in turn, led to even more "discussions" on hers that I shared with my husband. He was moved to make a response which I have posted on her puzzle. Although he says he was probably too wordy and intense for a site where people go for fun.


Hanne, you lived in the middle of all that horror. I'm not surprised you yelled at that plane. I can't imagine what it would be to live in the midst of war. I hope I never do. The news and pictures coming out of the Middle East now. I wonder about those children if they live to grow up - how badly they will be scarred by all that they are in right now.


It's very impressive to read your memories, I have some similar experiences. The planes coming low, the sirenes, the fear among the grown ups it's in your bones since then. I too remember the sound of bombs falling even if they were never close to us. Some years ago I dug up potatoes and suddenly a plane came awfully low over the field. I got totally furious and scared at the same time and YELLED at the plane. Afterwards I was a little bit surprised of what I had done.


I know I'm one of the older ones on Jigidi. I'm also surprised that as a five-year-old I remember so vividly. It makes me be more careful with the young one now wanting to give them good memories. Thanks for coming by.


I don't really remember was too young. But I do remember those radios.


Thanks Kirsten. You say it so well - not the memories but needing to remember for the sake of those who gave their lives for our freedoms


It's a beautiful radio Ardy. Your memory is very vivid, and evocative. I was only 3 when JFK was shot. And while I swear I can remember the day, marked by people being sad, the nearest I can get to your experience was 9/11. I remember watching the images on the television and knowing that they were real but not being able to take it in. And driving to work that day, watching planes in the sky (in Australia), and being frightened. I want to say thanks for the memory, but I think I really mean thanks for reminding us.


Ank, So sorry about your memories of this time in history. It was a terrible time especially in your country and other parts of Europe Thanks for coming by..


A beautiful old radio and a terrible memory. I was not born then. So all I know is what they told. Several family members I never knew, because they died in fighting. My grandparents were killed at the first attempt of the joint forces to Netherlands to liberate. I'm glad Germany and Japan did lose at last. Thanks to all your young man.
And as roseheather said, I remember where I was that moments, JFK and the towers.


Jan, my father was drafted but because of medical problems he was posted in the States - Kentucky actually. His youngest sister (Dr. John's mother) as an Army nurse and was in France at a hospital very near the front lines. You are so right - war is dreadful, anytime anywhere. Thanks for coming by.


Ardy, my father was not yet old enough to join the navy and i wasn't born. But, I got chills reading your words. War is matter where you are or how much it impacts you directly. I'm sure you were terrified.

This is a beautiful old radio. It's a pity you don't still have it! Thanks for posting it.


Thanks, Roseheather. I wondered how many of us on Jigidi remember this one. We need to remember.


"A date which will live in infamy."

When I taught US history I would mention to my students that another generation would also speak of where they were when they heard that Kennedy had been assassinated. But a later generation would remember where they were when the planes struck the twin towers and the Pentagon.


I didn't really understand but I felt the fear and anxiety in the words and tone of voice. The fear remained through air raids drills at school as well as black-outs at night. The sirens would blow and all lights were turned out. If one were driving you switched to low beams and got off the road as soon as possible. I still find myself flinching at times when a low flying airplane goes over. I know it was nothing compared to being in Europe but to a five-year-old it was still scary. I don't know where the radio is now. I took this picture several years ago just before the old home was to be sold.


And you understood what it meant?? Thanks for showing this old wonder, I'm impressed that you still have it, Ardy!!


I was sitting on the floor in front of this radio when President Roosevelt announced that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor and that America was at war.