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Victor Borge

Victor Borge was often called the “Clown Prince Of Denmark.” He was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1909 to parents who were classical musicians. He started taking piano lessons at age 2 and he gave his first recital at age 8. Borge started as a serious concert pianist but it wasn’t long before he developed his signature “stand up” routine. When he emigrated to the US in 1940, he didn’t speak a word of English but he taught himself  by watching movies and by 1941 he was working for Rudy Vallee and then Bing Crosby. Victor enjoyed a very successful career up to the end of his life. Here he is at the White House. Ike is president so obviously it’s some time between 1953 and 1961.

I don’t care how much better kids were in the olden days, there is NO WAY little Victor Borge was having piano lessons at 2! No matter how bright you are, your “sit still and listen” program is just not online at that age. Heck I’m pretty sure mine never got downloade… hey look, a shiny thing!

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