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December 09, 1994 - Image 32

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-12-09

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11- 1► IDIVY 11-101_111DAYS:

Luck Was A Lady For A Guy
Who Passed The Ammunition

ELIZABETH APPLEBAUM ASSOC ATE EDITOR

Photo by Ron Howes

Q: I have been searching through-
out the world for information about
the Jewish composer who wrote one
of the most popular war songs ever
written, "Praise the Lord and Pass
the Ammunition." Can Tell Me Why
help me out?
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The composer of that famous
World War II tune was none oth-
er than Frank Loesser (1910-
1969), probably best known for
his musicals like Guys and Dolls.
First produced as a play in
1950, Guys and Dolls later be-
came a film starring Frank Sina-
tra and Marlon Brando (Could
there be any more painful sound
on the face of the earth than Mar-
lon Brando singing?). Two years
ago, that Loesser gem made a
comeback in a Broadway revival
featuring some actor who actu-
ally changed his first name to
Nathan because he starred in the
play as Nathan Detroit.
But enough about actors.
Loesser was born in New York
and studied at City College,
where he began writing music.
While serving in the
Army dining World War
II, he wrote "Praise the
Lord and Pass the Am-
munition."
After the war, Loesser
moved to Hollywood and
wrote for films and later
the stage. Among his
successes: Hans Christ-
ian Andersen (1952), The
Most Happy Fella (1956)
and How To Succeed in
Business Without Really
Trying (1961). He won
three New York Drama
Critics Awards for best
musical score.

Q: Are there any Jews in
the oil business?
A: How about the

physician by training
and a businessman by
nature, Mr. Hammer
made a fortune in
American trade with
the Soviet Union, Russ-
ian art and distilleries.
In 1956, he bought the
controlling interest in
the failing Occidental
Petroleum Company.
Under his leadership,
Occidental became the
world's largest private-
ly owned oil company.
After Armand Ham-
mer, Marvin Davis
(born in 1925) of Den-
ver was the biggest oil
man in the West. With
a fortune made in his
Davis Oil Company,
Mr. Davis entered the
movie business. From
1981 to 1985, he was co-
owner of Twentieth
Century Fox.
In 1932, Detroit's
PHOTO BY GLENN TRIEST
Max Fisher (born in Max Fisher
1908) joined the Auro-
CI: What are the 'line Days"?
ra Gasoline Company. In a few
A: The Nine Days comprise the
years, using Michigan crude, Mr.
Fisher built Aurora into the period of mourning that begins
largest independently owned oil on the first of the month of Av
company in the Midwest. In and continues through noon af-
ter the fast of Tisha B'Av.
The Nine Days comes
at the end of a three-
week mourning (the
"Three Weeks") for the
destruction of the Tem-
ple and represent an es-
pecially intense time of
despair. During these
nine days, Jews eat no
meat (except on Shab-
bat), recite special lamen-
tations, do no laundry,
and refrain from getting
haircuts, purchasing new
clothing, swimming or
having weddings.

Q: The word "glitch,"
meaning an error or foul-up,
sounds like it might be of
Jewish origin. Is it?
A: It sure is. Glitch is

founder of one of the
Yiddish for "slide," "slip"
best-known oil compa-
or "skid."
nies in the world?
In the early 1980s,
A London Jew, Mar-
"glitch"
was used by a
cus Samuel (1853-1927),
Jewish computer sys-
established the Shell Oil
tems engineer to indicate
Company in 1897 (the
an error in a program.
name was inspired by his
From there, the word
father, a prosperous deal-
spread to general usage,
er in shells and orna-
joining
several other Yid-
Book
Jews
gather
at
the
Kotel
on
Tisha
B'Av
to
read
from
the
mental shell boxes). In
dishisms of English.
1903, his company of Lamentations.
merged with the Royal
1959, Aurora merged with the Send questions to "Tell Me Why"
Dutch Petroleum Co.
In America, probably the best- Ohio Oil Company. Three years c I o The Jewish News, 27676
known Jewish oil man was Ar- later, Ohio Oil changed its name Franklin Rd., Southfield, MI
48034 or send fax to 354-6069.
mand Hammer (1898-1990). A to Marathon Oil.Company.

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