So, why do you want to join the army?

The New York Times of 29 August 1920 told how Wilbert J. Root of Ludington, USA, answered that question intelligently and honestly — so he might go to Hawaii and see the hula hula and ukuleles in action. Apparently it was part of his professional development plan, as he was a teacher of dance, and it was cheaper if the army paid his way over. The strange thing is, the army agreed to accept him and then really did send him to Hawaii. Go figure…

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  1. Was his father a General?

    • The article didn’t say… Might have been that ukulele players were needed for this man’s army — WWII had a few soldiers who played.


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