“See into life. Don’t just look at it.”
– – – Anne Baxter (1923 – 1985)
Born in Michigan City, Anne Baxter was a popular actress on stage and in movies and television.
Did You Know?
February is Black History Month
James “Jimmy” McDaniels was a “musician’s musician.” Born in Alabama, he spent many years of his life in Indiana. Known to Hoosiers as “The Piano Man,” he came to the state with a rich background of talent and service. His father was a music professor, and he and his three brothers all played the saxophone and piano. Jimmy’s talent, obvious to all, took him to studies at the Toledo Bach Conservatory. After graduation, he served two years in the Army band of the 82nd Airborne Division. He went on to become a popular accompanist and opening act for such stars as Cab Calloway, Nat King Cole, Mel Torme, the Four Freshmen, Sammy Davis, Jr., Rosemary Clooney, and Joe Williams. Moving to Indiana, he became an education specialist, soloist, and guest conductor for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Always eager to spread the joy of music to others, he organized a jazz band at the Pendleton Reformatory. For that he received the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Service. His busy schedule included teaching jazz at local universities and visiting elementary schools to encourage musical talent. He also put together a 17-piece orchestra which made its debut at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. A member of the Indiana Jazz Hall of Fame, he could often be found seated at the piano in supper clubs in the area. A true Renaissance Man, he was a licensed pilot and held a black belt in the martial arts. Music was his mainstay, of course, and he conveyed its beauty to everyone he met. He died in 2009 at age 80.
ANSWERS: 1. C 2. A 3. E
4. B 5. D