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Hoagy Carmichael was going to be a lawyer and Stuart Gorrell, when not hanging around the local "jazz joint" (called The Book Nook!
) had promised someone that he would eventually be a success in the world of business.
Stuart Gorrell wrote what he thought would be a good lyric line on the back of a post card (now displayed in the Carmichael Room at Indiana University) and showed it to Hoagy Carmichael.
One can still plainly see the few, but important, changes that Hoagy Carmichael made on that small piece of cardboard to Stuart Gorrell's lyrical scratchings.
Eight months after "Old Folks at Home" appeared, Foster regretted his action and tried unsuccessfully to nullify the agreement.
They came to Alaska when her husband was assigned to work with the Bureau of Public Roads.The poem that later provided the words for the official state song first appeared on the cover of the October 1935 'School Bulletin'.In recognition of her devotion to the young people of Alaska, Marie Drake received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from the University of Alaska in 1958. Composed in Pittsburgh and published in New York in October 1851, this was undoubtedly the most popular song and the one that earned STEPHEN COLLINS FOSTER (1826-1864) (and later his widow and daughter) the largest royalties from sheet-music sales.(His name did appear as composer after the copyright of the song was renewed in 1879.) It was of course Edwin P Christy who was credited as having 'written and composed' "Old Folks at Home," and Foster himself was responsible for this.He apparently sold to Christy the right to be published as composer of the song for the sum of .00.