Don McNeill's "Breakfast Club"


[From "Twenty Years of Corn"

At the beginning of the war, Don restated Breakfast Club's original objective. "As an American institution," he said, "it is our function to keep 'em smiling, to work, and to sacrifice."

In cooperation with the U.S. Treasury, Breakfast Club appeared at bond rallies, service camps and institutions. More than $25 million in bonds were sold at one Chicago bond breakfast.

When Walter Blaufuss retired because of ill health, Harry Kogen, Joe Gallicchio and Rex Maupin shared the baton. Don was awarded an honorary doctor of letters degree at St. Bonaventure College and Nancy Martin also won awards.

Fan mail was getting bigger all the time. An Ohio listener topped the contributions this year with a letter measuring 7 by 5 feet.

Right: Harry Kogen, Duward Kirby and Marion Mann join Sam Cowling and Don around the breakfast table.

Left: Marion Mann and Nancy Martin became favorite pin0up girls of the boys in service

Right: "Star of Stars" and "Best Variety Show and Girl Singer" awards are admired by Don, Nancy Martin and representatives of Swift & Co.

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