It was at church choir practice that the air which I had been nursing developed into a song that all hands liked. We then rehearsed with the brigade of midshipmen and they quickly learned it. Navy won the game after four lean years and we marched from the railroad station to our quarters in Annapolis singing Anchors Aweigh. At last?it was "sink the Army"?a good omen and the song has persisted to this day.
Bandmaster Charles A. Zimmerman, in writing the orchestration for our 1807 June Ball march, dedicated to the graduating class, included the football refrain as the trio of the march. For this I felt complimented and gladly gave my permission. Zimmerman's march was also arranged in a higher key for brass band by Adolph Torovsky, 2nd leader, and published under Professor Zimmerman's authorship purely as a march without words.
Several parodies on the original football song have been written and I also wrote a verse which was widely used as a war song during World War II. The government records show that in 1929 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer purchased this march from Professor Zimmerman's widow for $1,000.
Anchors Aweigh has since been so widely used in the wars and with the Navy in general, that to many it has perhaps outgrown its significance as a football song, but such it was and is, and every time the Navy makes a touchdown you will hear the Navy band play it with gusto!
ALFRED H. MILES
Captain USN. (ret.)
BUT WHO'S GOT THE BALL?
Here's a photo of a brush drawing by the Chinese artist Chi Kwan Chen entitled Football Game which may amuse your readers. Chen, architect as well as artist, is currently working on plans for new university buildings on Formosa. It is the artist's reaction to a number of football games he has attended while studying and teaching in this country. Perhaps in this case a picture is worth a thousand diagrams!
J. WYLIE, President
T&L Art Appreciation League
?Maybe it is. Our Bob Creamer, having charted the Army-Navy game in front of his television set, just put this diagram of Army's second touchdown on our desk.?ED.