He becomes part of the
Honeydale Street Gang; nickname:
He's regularly beat up by a local Italian gang.
Hence his trademark closing as Flippo: "Love ya,
keep smiling and don't fight!"
And he was lucky enough to get pony rides for his birthday.
The prodigy's mother bribed him with a snare drum to get him to sing in public.
His voice cracks at age 13 ending his radio career. Marvin switches to the saxophone when he inherits the instrument from his uncle.
He receives a ribbon of excellence every year in his junior high school band.
He turns 13 and like a nice Jewish boy, he gets bar mitzvahed.
You're In The Army Now
Marvin W. Fishman joins the Army upon high school graduation in 1945.
He is such a good marksman that he becomes an instructor. He's sent to Pusan, Korea "and that's what it smelled like... poo-son."
During the daytime, he types reports as second in command. He obtains early hardship exits for soldiers who need to get home. He doesn't take his own R & R if it means someone else can't go home sooner. He exemplies selflessness, patriotism and love of family.
At the Kimpo army base he creates the "Kimpo Combo" to play for both officers and regular joes. Listeners couldn't believe how swinging they were for a throw-together outfit.
He's discharged in 1946 as one of the Army's youngest Tech Sergeants at age twenty.
He attends Ohio State in the Spring Quarter of 1947 to study Optometry. Bored, he joins the marching band
and goes back to his first true love: MUSIC!
Marvin W. Fishman plays
jazz gigs in various bands and
changes his name to a more snazzy "Bob Marvin".
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