From the September 1944 magazine.

Rudy, Pee Wee, Paula, Peggy & Johnny

In last month's issue the story was told of Rudy, the greatest French horn player in the country, his friend Pee Wee, one of the finest hot trumpet players, and Paula, who is Russian, not Polish as we mistakenly reported last month. Let's see what happened to Peggy and Johnny, the remaining two of our "Five Musicians Looking for the Perfect Pitch":

Peggy says that if she plays the piano, after more than one drink, her hands become numb. But this fear of liquor didn't keep Peggy from it. With a long list of shows and night club singing to her credit, she still kept slipping. She says, "I was with Herbert Marshall in 'Blossom Time.' One night I was winning the war single-handed, and showed up with a shiner. I covered it with grease paint. It didn't show, but I showed. My eye closed like a morning glory. They didn't fire me, but--" Peggy says she had Rudy's trouble. People didn't pick up her contract. She got eased out of a good night club job in Boston, for giving the show upstairs, in the bar, instead of downstairs, with the floor show. Impromptu shows were Peggy's specialty. One night she gave one at Sardi's, free. A friend said, "Dear, while you live, Duse will never be dead." This didn't get Peggy jobs. For two years she floundered, sometimes out of work, sometimes doing anything she could. She got a job in a department store. Anything, to eat and drink. The manager of the hotel where Peggy was staying watched her making a beaten trail between her bedroom and the bar. One night she got impatient and temperamental and ran the elevator herself. "The manager decided it was time to speak to me about A.A.," she says. "He was in it himself. I stayed sober and came to meetings for awhile. Then I decided I could do it myself on beer. I did it on beer, then on Scotch, and the Scotch did me." Peggy, back in A.A. again, is determined to stay sober. She's just gotten a good government job. She may go back in show business one day. But she's engaged, full time, for the present, in this business of staying sober, and getting straightened out.

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