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Indian Summer
Glenn Miller with Ray Eberle
Indian Summer is a very special time. Many states in the Midwest, on the East Coast, and especially in New England are ablaze in beautiful autumnal colors during October. Leaves are falling to the ground. In those cities, towns, and villages that still allow the burning of autumn leaves, no aroma is more enchanting. I'm sure you've been humming the many songs about autumn, such as "Those autumn leaves...." and so on.

One of my favorite memories of autumn is John T. McCutcheon's beautiful illustration called "Injun Summer." My father read it to me in the Chicago Tribune on the last Sunday before Halloween, just as his father had read it to him when he was a boy. You see, the Trib first published it in 1907! It appeared on the front cover of the Sunday Tribune Magazine for many decades. And the Trib syndicated it to other newspapers from coast to coast! Chances are, you remember "Injun Summer," too.

But a few years ago, the Trib stopped publishing "Injun Summer." Why? Because a few Trib execs were afraid the illustration might offend a few Native Americans. The Trib bigwigs didn't care that by no longer publishing "Injun Summer" they would offend many hundreds of thousands of readers who looked forward to "Injun Summer" every year.

Well, I'm not afraid of offending Native Americans. Moreover, I bet most Native Americans would enjoy "Injun Summer" as much as everyone else!

You can read and enjoy "Injun Summer" on my big band web site, Tuxedo Junction. Just click on this link to do so:


And finally, for the first time since 1992, the Chicago Tribune published a small version of "Injun Summer" on Sunday, Oct. 16th. You can view it by clicking on this link:

Injun Summer

George Spink
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