You’ve got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative
But, don’t mess with mister in-between
You’ve got to spread joy up to the maximum
Bring gloom down to the minimum
Have faith, or pandemonium
Liable to walk up on the scene
…And gather ’round me children–if you’re willin’
And sit tight, while I start reviewin’
The attitude of doin’ right…(back to verse 1)
Spreading positivity to overcome negativity–advice that holds true today. A great old WWII era song about optimism, popularized by Bing Crosby, music and lyrics by Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen.
Wartime Chinese currency with inscription. Signed by a Lt. Yuan, of the Chinese Army, befriended by my father, while stationed in India and Burma.
Inscription read, “We advance side by side and gloriously occupe [sic] Jap’s Capital–Tokio! Victory for You! Souvenir from Chinese Army in India 2nd Tank Bn., Lt. Yuan.”
My father’s unit on maneuvers near Paseo Robles, California, circa 1942. He drove one of the 6×6’s in the convoy.
My father, with buddies, second from right, Aberdeen, MD training camp, in early forties.
Mother and father, after dad’s return stateside.
Another duty section picture–my father is second from the right.
Guys in my father’s duty section at the motor pool. The man, top row, left, with the grease gun, was all business. An eclectic mix of cultures and personalities to be sure.
My father’s battalion, training in California’s Indio desert in 1942. Living quarters in row after row of tents.
A visit to Walt Disney’s California studios in 1942. Picture taken by Walt Disney, himself. My father is on the top row, fourth from the left.
Dad’s living quarters in India–a woven bamboo hut called a Basha. He was lucky, in that, this one had a woven bamboo floor. Many had only dirt floors.