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Friday, January 21, 2011


DISCOVERING OUR VALLEY                                Northridge100

When the old Nazis encountered Americans on the playing fields of the Olympic Games or were baffled by music like boogie woogie and swing, they were convinced that a society made up of so many different kinds of people couldn't stand a chance against the "purity" of their racism. The diversity of Americans, exemplified in a Los Angeles "home of the kosher burrito", made the USA a "mongrel" people. Americans with all their different opinions could never defeat their goose stepping regiments!  No wonder, they thought, could such a people produce something so undignified as jazz, be bop, ragtime, swing and yes....... boogie woogie.

The world famous Andrews Sisters
The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B.
Photo courtesy of Dan and Scott Schwartz - gift to the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gary Fredburg 2011. (click on image to enlarge)
Patty Andrews made her retirement home in Northridge, CA. 

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