Did you know that Walt Disney had a private apartment above the firehouse in Disneyland? As a prize at an Annual Passholder Event in 1995, we won dinner in that apartment which has been preserved since Walt's passing in 1966. Click on the picture below to read all about that night, and see all of the pictures we took.
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Kay Kyser was the leader of "Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge", his popular band that appeared in the 1930's and 40's on stages across the country and on the radio during the Big Band Era. As Wikipedia notes, while Kyser was the star, several band members were also stars as individuals - such as cornetist Merwyn Bogue who was called "Ish Kabibble". The band had many hit records, one of the best-known was (my Mom's favorite!) the nonsense song "Three Little Fishes". Keyser and the band were also featured in several movies of the era, and Kay sometimes appeared alone as comic relief in movies. The band even had a two-year run on television in 1949-50 on their program "Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge". Sadly, he passed away in 1950 at the age of 45.
This is a page from an autograph book that measures 4-1/2 by 5-1/2 inches. It is signed in pencil by Mr. Kyser, "Thinking of You, Kay Kyser" - a reference to one of the band's theme song. There is also an autograph on the back side that may be Ginny Simms, a vocalist with Kyser's band in the 1930's, but I can't really read it. We bought this piece from an autograph dealer in San Francisco in the 1990s. We're proud to present this Kay Keyser autograph for sale.
As a special bonus, I'll include a magazine photo of a graduation certificate from "Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge". The certificate is also about 4x5 inches.
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This page was last updated on November 17, 2017