Don McNeill's "Breakfast Club"


[From "Twenty Years of Corn"

"A believe-it-or-not organization, composed of miracle men and women," read the citation on a radio medal of merit. It was Breakfast Club's first national recognition, but believe-it-or-not, it did not produce a sponsor.

Don McNeill celebrated his 1000th Breakfast Club broadcast in September with two new singers: Clark Dennis of Flint, Mich., and Helen Jane Behlke of Bemidji, Minn. had replaced Jack Owens and Edna O'Dell.

Walter Blaufuss and Don composed the hymn "My Cathedral" and it was performed for the first time the morning King George of England was buried. This was also the year Don brought Minnie, the singing mouse of Woodstock, Ill., to the microphone.

Left: The McNeill family in 1936. Don holds Tommy, 2, as Kay exhibits Don Jr., born April 14.

Right: Practicing what they preach, this 1936 group of breakfastclubbers "start the day with a smile, music and an extra cup of cawfee." Left to tight, Carl Fasshauer, Bill Short, Earl Roberts, Walter Blaufuss, Helen Jane Behlke, Don, Frank Papile, Clark Dennis, Bill Krenz and Eddie Ballantine.

Left: Annette King joined the show in November.

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