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"[Lieutenant Day] was a police officer who always kept 'finding' or 'losing' just that type of evidence needed by the Commission. He 'found' fingerprints; he 'lost' palmprints; he 'found' a three-foot paper bag; he 'lost' memos and he 'found' memos. You name it and Lt. Day either 'found' it or 'lost' it. He was worse than the girl in the song 'who lost it at the Astor'; at least she knew where she had 'lost it' and also what she had lost."
-- Stanley Marks, from "Two Days of Infamy: November 22, 1963; September 28, 1964," p. 145-146.

"She Had to Go and Lose It at the Astor"

From Wikipedia:
"She Had to Go and Lose It at the Astor" is a 1939 comic song by Don Raye and Hughie Prince and was recorded by Dick Robertson, Pearl Bailey and the British bandleader and clarinetist Harry Roy. The original recording credits the writing and arrangement to John Doe and Joe Doaques (obvious pseudonyms).The song was recorded on 3 April 1940 by Harry Roy and his Mayfair Hotel Orchestra. It was banned by the BBC in the same year, and censured by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers in 1940. The song begins with a spoken introduction and tells a story about a young woman losing something at the Hotel Astor. By use of double entendre and the repeated refrain, "But she had to go and lose it at the Astor," the listener is led to believe that the song is about her losing her virginity to one of the hotel staff until the very end when it is revealed that what she had in fact lost was her sable cape."

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What a good interview.

Listened to the whole thing tonight.

Rob is working on a book on Stanley Marks  and trying to get Murder Most Foul reissued.

Best of luck.  Lots of interesting stuff in here, like Stanley's association with the Chicago Defender. And Cordell Hull and MacArthur.

This guy was so overlooked.  And as you will see, we found out about him by accident.  And you will not comprehend this unless you listen, it started In Portland!

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11 minutes ago, James DiEugenio said:

Was that made before or after Dylan's song was released?

On March 12, 1973, Stanley received a letter on official stationery from the U.S. General Services Administration, National Archives and Records Service, John F. Kennedy Library, Waltham, MA, saying: "The Kennedy Library is interested in acquiring the book listed below from your company."

The book was "Murder Most Foul!"

The letter is signed by one Joan Baronian, "Purchasing Agent."

Does that not take the cake?

Keep in mind that Dave Powers was in charge of assembling the materials for the library at that time.

I find this somewhat mind-blowing.

(For anyone interested, we discuss this at the 24-minute mark; and at the 53-minute mark I added some info about Dave Powers role in assembling the library materials.)

This from the JFK Library online:

"Dave Powers, Special Assistant to President John F. Kennedy, was closely associated in every aspect of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. In 1964, at the request of Robert F. Kennedy, Powers began assembling and collecting the Kennedy memorabilia which was to become part of the Library's permanent exhibit on the life and legacy of President Kennedy. He also traveled around the world with an exhibit of items to raise money for the construction of the Library. In 1965, Powers moved the material to the National Archives Federal Record Center in Waltham, MA where he and a staff of archivists spent the next 14 years assembling and organizing the Kennedy collection. In 1979, the collection was moved into the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum on Columbia Point. Powers held the position of Museum Curator of the Kennedy Library from 1964 until his retirement in May, 1994. He was an active member of the Board of Directors of the Kennedy Library Foundation."



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I'm pleased to announce that Stanley J. Marks' MURDER MOST FOUL! is now back in print for the first time since 1967. Includes an in-depth biographical essay on the author's groundbreaking work and how it may have influenced Dylan. 400 pages, with illustrations. Available at Amazon, B&N, Bookfinder, and various other worldwide outlets.






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