Walter Blaufuss

(From the 1942 "Breakfast Club Family Album")

He couldn't help being a musician. Prodded by his parents at an early age, he stopped playing with his toes and started on the piano as a child prodigy traveling over the country.

Walter was born in Milwaukee, Wis., July 26 1893. He has black hair, brown eyes, stands 5 ft. 10 in. tall and weighs 165 lbs.

When he was 15 he had composed two numbers and used the proceeds to help pay for the home of his parents, to whom he has always been exceptionally devoted.

His musical career suffered a severe setback when he broke his wrist, necessitating an operation. So he went to school and studied medicine, but soon abandoned bandages for baton and organized a band in 1911, playing for years at Chicago's Tip Top Inn. He conducted for Calve, Garden, Raisa and composed such hits as "Your Eyes Have Told Me So," which sold over 2,500,000 copies and "My Isle of Golden Dreams," which did even better.

He took several trips to Europe, got into real estate, became very wealthy, then real estate got to him, and he got out, not very wealthy.

Walter is an insatiable diner, likes to play handball and the horses (especially the last horse in any given race), and spent most of the latter part of 1942 recuperating from an illness. He has been married for a long time (according to Mrs. Blaufuss).

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