Something to SMILE about ~ "On a Note of Triumph"
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Listen to the May 8, 1945 broadcast of Norman Corwin's "On a Note of Triumph" (58 minutes, 44 seconds).[1]

The landmark radio broadcast “On a Note of Triumph" written and produced by Norman Corwin [2] was aired on May 8, 1945 to remark “VE Day” (Victory in Europe). Widely renowned as "the greatest single radio broadcast of the 20th century," this CBS radio program captured and captivated the largest audience of all time, even before rebroadcast by public demand a week later on May 13.

In the video clip (1 minute, 20 seconds) of the 2005 award-winning documentary celebrating Norman Corwin and his work released to mark the 60-year milestone of the original radio broadcast (view at this link without) the historic 1945 program was described as such:

In fall 1944, when the war with Germany was drawing to a close, Norman Corwin began working on a Victory Day show. When VE Day finally did arrive, on May 8, 1945, Corwin was ready with “On a Note of Triumph,” which set the tone from the onset:

"So they've given up; they're finally done in and the rat is dead in an alley back of the Wilhelmstrasse.  Take a bow, GI. Take a bow, little guy. The superman of tomorrow lies at the feet of you common men of this afternoon. This is it kids. This is the day --- all the way from Newburyport to Vladivostok. You had what it took and you gave it --- and each of you has a hunk of rainbow around your helmet. Seems like free men have done it again. […]"

The musical score composed and conducted by Bernard Hermann. (A performance of the music arranged for performance without narration can be reviewed at this Youtube hyperlink.) The program's narrator Martin Gabel, an actor and later producer-director whose bio can be found at this link without, joined by other actors. Gabel was joined by a supporting cast and impressive sound effects. Corwin, whose radio career began with a poetry hour, was said to find inspiration for the poignant finale of "On a Note of Triumph" from Shaarei Tefila (translated Gates of Prayer). [3]

Learn more about "On a Note of Triumph" by Norman at this link without. View an interview of Norman Corwin about his source of inspiration when composing "On a Note of Triumph" at this hyperlink (during which he references tapping Walt Whitman’s collected works, particularly Whitman's "Years of the Modern" which can be found archived at this link without.

NPR program aired May 25, 2005 archived at this link without on the 60-year milestone of the radio broadcast of Corwin’s “On a Note of Triumph” which links to full 58 minute, 28 seconds recording can be found at this link without.

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The Wilhelmstrasse is a street in the center of Berlin, the capital of Germany.[1] Between the mid 19th century and 1945, it was the administrative centre, first of the Kingdom of Prussia and then of the unified German state, housing in particular the Reich Chancellery and the Foreign Office. For this reason the term "the Wilhelmstrasse" was used in Germany to signify the German governmental administration as a whole, much as the term "Whitehall" is often used to signify the British governmental administration as a whole; in English, "the Wilhelmstrasse" usually referred to the German Foreign Office.

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Vladivostok is Russia's largest port city on the Pacific Ocean and the administrative center of Primorsky Krai. It is situated at the head of the Golden Horn Bay, not far from Russia's borders with China and North Korea. It is the home port of the Russian Pacific Fleet. The population of the city, according to the preliminary results of the 2010 Census, is 592,069, down from 594,701 recorded in the 2002 Census.

On September 8th and 9th of 2012, Vladivostok will host the 24th Summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum (cited below). More insight about plans in motion will come to light during the waxing Long Nights Moon (new moon November 25 - 26, 2011, full moon December 10 - 11, 2011.

In preparation for the event, the Russian city is being renovated and expanded, and its infrastructure improved. Two cable-stayed bridges are currently under construction: the Zolotoy Rog bridge (over the Zolotoy Rog Bay in the center of the city) and the Russky Island Bridge (from the mainland to Russky Island where the summit itself will take place. Upon completion, the latter bridge will become the longest cable-stayed bridge in the world. (Seek more insight at this link without.)

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Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is a forum for 21 Pacific Rim countries (styled "member economies") that seeks to promote free trade and economic cooperation throughout the Asia-Pacific region.) Established in 1989 in response to the growing interdependence of Asia-Pacific economies and the advent of regional economic blocs (such as the European Union) in other parts of the world, APEC works to raise living standards and education levels through sustainable economic growth and to foster a sense of community and an appreciation of shared interests among Asia-Pacific countries. Members account for approximately 40% of the world's population, approximately 54% of the world's gross domestic product and about 44% of world trade.




[1] Permitted fair use of the entire recording of the May 8, 1945 program (14MB, 32Kbps, 14MB Mono MP3 file) courtesy of the a-Info Radio Project at (link without).

[2 Norman Lewis Corwin (May 3, 1910 – October 18, 2011) began his career as a writer and director of radio drama in the 1930s to 1940s. A renowned American poet/essayist, writer, and teacher of journalism, Corwin's was one of the groundbreakers to cultivate popular entertainment to address serious social issues. For more insight about this insightful wordsmith and his work, review the official website at and at this link without. The website has archived an touching tribute to his life at this link within.

[3] TRIUMPH (finale of "On a Note of Triumph, inspired by a prayer from one of the American Reform Judaism prayer books)

[…] Lord God of trajectory and blast
Whose terrible sword has laid open the serpent
So it withers in the sun for the just to see,
Sheathe now the swift avenging blade with the names of nations writ on it,
And assist in the preparation of the ploughshare.

Lord God of fresh bread and tranquil mornings,
Who walks in the circuit of heaven among the worthy,
Deliver notice to the fallen young men
That tokens of orange juice and a whole egg appear now before the hungry children;
That night again falls cooling on the earth as quietly as when it leaves your hand;
That Freedom has withstood the tyrant like a Malta in a hostile sea,
And that the soul of man is surely a Sevastopol which goes down hard and leaps from ruin quickly.

Lord God of the topcoat and the living wage
Who has furred the fox against the time of winter
And stored provender of bees in summer's brightest places,
Do bring sweet influences to bear upon the assembly line:
Accept the smoke of the mill town among the accredited clouds of the sky:
Fend from the wind with a house and hedge, him whom you made in your image,
And permit him to pick of the tree and the flock
That he may eat today without fear of tomorrow
And clothe himself with dignity in December.

Lord God of test-tube and blueprint
Who jointed molecules of dust and shook them till their name was Adam,
Who taught worms and stars how they could live together,
Appear now among the parliaments of conquerors and give instruction to their schemes:
Measure out new liberties so none shall suffer for his father's color or the credo of his choice:
Post proofs that brotherhood is not so wild a dream as those who profit by postponing it pretend:
Sit at the treaty table and convoy the hopes of the little peoples through expected straits,
And press into the final seal a sign that peace will come for longer than posterities can see ahead,
That man unto his fellow man shall be a friend forever.

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