I promised, after playing Where’s Jeanette? that we would also be playing Where’s Nelson? This one will be much shorter, as I only feel I need two articles to completely debunk the theory that Jeanette skipped out on her fans, not because of a legitimate illness, but because she was, ahem, “under a baritone.”
January 22, 1941, Washington Star (Washington DC)
To refresh our memories, Jeanette was in Pittsburgh, PA, most assuredly, on the 21st and 22nd. These two articles place Nelson in D.C. on the morning of January 22nd, and in the diner car of a train near Baltimore, being met by Gov. Julius Heil, by afternoon or evening. I’ve looked up approximate times for travel between Pittsburgh and Baltimore, and by car it is just over four hours. Not knowing specific train schedules from 1941, I’m not sure if a train would have run between the two cities. One would assume, however, that if modern rail would take nearly EIGHT hours, we can safely say that 4 hours is a good number to go with. That rules out meeting in Baltimore, right?
To place the two together, in Washington D.C. is pretty well impossible, as well. Jeanette was, as reported by the press, in Pittsburgh on at least the morning of the 22nd. It also takes just over 4 hours, by car, at modern speed limits, to make it from Pittsburgh to D.C. Sticking with our 4 hour one way travel estimate for 1941, Jeanette would need to be at least two people at once for this to be possible. I believe we’ve all decided that we can throw the book Jeanette MacDonald? out the window, which theorized that Blossom took her place. Unless we plan on rewriting that history, too, this side trip to D.C. for a meeting with Nelson is altogether impossible.
PLEASE save, read, and share the Nelson article from 1/22. For the love, Ackerman, you are trolling the press, waxing poetic about MONKEYS, and I salute you.