George M. Cohan

With Never A Boast Or A Brag*

Liberals are patriotic too; it’s just that we choose not to elevate the symbol of our liberties above the liberties themselves. And we should keep in mind the warning from Samuel Johnson, “Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.” Happy flag day. *From “You’re a Grand Old Flag” by George M. Cohan.

Happy Birthday George M. Cohan

The Cohans fudged the date a bit (Born on the Fourth of July!) for their vaudevillian act, but George sure took to the role as America’s cheerleader. Cohan, often referred to as ‘The Man Who Owned Broadway’, was a singer, dancer, producer, playwright and unbelievably prolific songwriter. Unfortunately his Fox Point birthplace — Corky Hill …

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Happy Fourth Of July Everybody

And don’t forget, many of your ancestors fall into that ‘wretched refuse’ category. The Cohans fled their teeming shore and enriched our culture permanently. (One Dose peacenik and inveterate sourball finds his songs too militaristic, but boy are they ever catchy.) The George M. Cohan celebration continues today. The Rhode Island Historical Society picks up …

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