With the Blizzard of '17 bearing down, I saw on WINY that John M. Dean was one of many companies cancelling tomorrow's shifts.
I didn't recognize the name, so I googled it -- they've been in business for over a century making needles and other sharp, pointy things.
More Googling reveals they were an early maker of record needles, with a capacity of two million per day!
I browsed down a bit from that, which brought me to a list of Columbia's best selling albums of that month in 1917...which included American Patrol.
American Patrol? I only knew that song from the Glen Miller version:
But it turns out it was originally written in 1885 (for piano) and turned into a march and symphony arrangements long before Glen Miller got to it!
So yeah, a snowstorm took me down a rabbit hole of Googling to learn that one of my favorite World War II songs was written sixty years before World War II.
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