It’s a HISTORY MYSTERY!
The theme for this year’s column is “Famous People Born in Virginia.” You are invited to submit your guess as to the identity of the person pictured in each issue. Correct entries will be placed in a drawing and the winner announced in an upcoming issue. The winner will receive $25.00.
Deadline is Jan. 19, 2018
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HISTORY MYSTERY ENTRY FORM
Our October 2017 History Mystery subject was Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996). Born in Newport News, this successful jazz singer got her start at age 17 after winning an amateur contest at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York. Often referred to as the “First Lady of Song,” she was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction and “horn-like” improvisational ability. Fitzgerald pioneered the art of “scat singing,” in which she used her voice as an instrument, performing memorable musical collaborations with such legends as Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. Her 59-year career not only brought a wide range of music to diverse audiences, but she also appeared in several movies and popular television shows. Reader Barbara Cottman of Woodbridge was our $25 winner. Congratulations, Barbara!