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Jimmie Fidler, July 7, 1941

July 7, 2010 | 12:00 pm

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July 7, 1942: Edgar Bergen visits ailing veterans at Olive View Sanatorium but insists on no publicity, Jimmie Fidler says. 

"Bergen's audience was a Negro veteran who lay at the point of death -- so near the edge, in fact, that hospital officials warned Edgar the man might die at any moment and asked if he would rather not go in. But Bergen went in; he spent 30 minutes in that room and for 30 minutes the dying man watched Charlie McCarthy's painted face with a happy smile. He died shortly after they left, still with the smile on his lips. Doctors said it was the Negro veteran's first smile in months."

July 7, 1941, Jimmie Fidler