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Thursday, August 11, 2011

CELEBRITY INSIGHTS ABOUT BIRMINGHAM HOSPITAL IN 1944

DISCOVERING OUR VALLEY  2011

Among the items donated this week to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley by Myron Ross of Heroes and Legends, was a 10 May 1944 hospital newspaper called the Birmingham Reporter. Here are three great pictures:

 
Clipping from Birmingham Hospital Reporter  May 1944 - Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Myron Ross 2011 - (click on image to enlarge)
"Captain Ronald Reagan, Sergeant Cully Richards, and singing star Ann Jeffires, smile over their script in 'Birmingham Showtime' series, which is presented at 6:30 p.m. every Saturday over KFWB."


Detail from Birmingham Hospital Reporter  May 1944 - Jimmy Stewart -  Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Myron Ross 2011 - (click on image to enlarge)

"Congratulations - Lt. Leon Schwartz, 1st Lt, D.C. upon the award of the Air Medal to your (note - may have mean 'his') brother, Lt. Col, Paul Schwartz, shown congratulating Major Jimmy Stewart, who also received the Air Medal.  -  Lt. Col. Schwartz is deputy commander of a heavy bombardment group of the 8th Air Force, operating from Great Britain. He entered the Army as a cadet at Randolph Field in 1938, and previous to his present assignment, was CO of the B-24 Group at Pocatello Air Base, Idaho.
We are proud to have the brother of such a man to take care of some of our dental problems here at Birmingham."

The Charioteers - Detail from Birmingham Hospital Reporter  May 1944 - Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Myron Ross 2011 - (click on image to enlarge)

Note: It was customary in the American press during the World War II era to identify people by their race.
"Fresh from a jivy rendition of "Ride, Red, Ride", stand the famed Charioteers. The five Negroes were stellar participant in "Birmingham Showtime", BGH's own radio program."

1 comment:

California Girl said...

Reading this after I read the other post on Birmingham Hospital.

Wish my father were still alive to send this or to ask. He was in the 8th AF. It must have been an awfully large division as so many foklks were in it.Any more info you may post is of great interest. Thank you.