Part of 1950's edition of Boy Scout Troop 3 in Derby, Connecticut, which has been their own "Gang Show" for generations.
Two stories about males in uniform, marking two very different anniversaries are told by Quest for Sound Curator Jay Allison, as part of the Lost and Found Sound series. Both stories are the result of listeners calling NPR to tell us about sonic treasures they had in their possession.
Part 1: Boy Scout Troop 3 - The 75th Gang Show
For 75 years the Boy Scouts of Troop 3 have performed a Gang Show in the basement of the Methodist Church in Derby, Connecticut. Shows from the 1920s through the 1990s are on record - scout skits and songs. Some of the songs sung today by this generation of boy scouts are the same songs sung by their grandfathers. We heard about this tradition through the Scoutmaster, Randal Ritter when he called our Quest For Sound™ phone line.
Part 2: VE-Day
May 7, 1999 marks the 54th anniversary of VE-Day - the day Germany surrendered unconditionally to Great Britain, the United States and the USSR. But Japan's surrender was still to come. Through our Quest For Sound™ line, NPR listener Ken Dunn told us about his mother Edna Glover Dunn, former president of the Marine Corps Auxilliary in Los Angeles. On VE-Day, radio station KHJ aired her plea to continue the fighting until victory was reached in Japan.