JAY FAGGEN - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 12/20/1941 - HFSID 19714
JAY FAGGEN. Typed Letter signed: "Jay Faggen", 2p, 7¼x10½. New York, N.Y., 1941 December 20. On letterhead of Voices, Inc. to "Dear Miss Spencer". In full: "Thank you very much for your consideration of Bob Hawk.
Sale Price $90.00
JAY FAGGEN. Typed Letter signed: "Jay Faggen", 2p, 7¼x10½. New York, N.Y., 1941 December 20. On letterhead of Voices, Inc. to "Dear Miss Spencer". In full: "Thank you very much for your consideration of Bob Hawk. I enclose a speciman [sic] and hope it reaches you in time. Here are some facts concerning him: At 19, he was made professor of dramatics and public speaking at Northwestern College, Alva, Okla. Youngest college professor then in America. Entered radio as announcer in 1927, first job was announcing Guy Lombardo's Orch. from a Chicago nite club over WBBM, Chicago. Is most famous today for his ability to ad lib comedy asides on his 'Take It Or Leave It' [underlined in red pen] program, which he vacated on Sunday, December 21st, to take over a program of his own creation, entitled, 'How Am I Doin',' for a cigarette sponsor beginning January 9th (Friday) over nearly 100 CBS stations. He's 34 years old, birthday just passed, Dec. 15th. Is an executive type, has functioned as announcer, producer, talent manager, and sale executive. Has creative mind, amazingly fast on the draw when a pun, quip or out and out belly laugh is apropos yet he is refreshingly good humored and accepted good humoredly by his listeners. His new assignment brings him the highest salary ever paid to a quizmaster and certainly the pinnacle of success for a radio announcer. His long experience as a quizmaster, his personal contact with thousands of persons endeavoring to answer the famous $64.00 question, inspired his own new idea, 'How Am I Doin',' which has a formula embodying every element designed to capture, enlarge and hold his present audience of millions in every hamlet, village, town and city in the United States. Many thanks to you, Miss Spencer, and my best wishes for a great big merry Xmas and wonderful New Year. Yours sincerely". JAY FAGGEN (1898-1977) was a talent agent, play producer and, above all, ballroom owner and dance promoter. His chain of ballrooms included New York City's Roseland, Chicago's Cinderella Ballroom, and Savoy Ballrooms in Harlem and Chicago. The Harlem Globetrotters semi-pro basketball team got their start as the Savoy Big Five, playing two nights a week in Chicago's Savoy. BOB HAWK was a popular radio quiz show emcee, the first (1940) to host Take It Or Leave It, which later became The $64 Dollar Question and then The 64 Thousand Dollar Question of TV scandal notoriety. For The Bob Hawk Show (1942-1947), he co-wrote the theme song "Thanks for the Yanks." Fine condition.
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