Performance At Syria Mosque To Support The Blue Network – The Pittsburgh Press – Jun 17, 1945
What’s interesting about this story is that it credits the editor of a Scripps-Howard paper for introducing Mary to Eddie Wolf whose main client was Vincent Lopez. It’s difficult to track down the true tale because of these inconsistencies but I’m sure I’ll get to the bottom of it.
The following comes from the Wikipedia entry for the Syria Mosque, a picture of which is shown below the quote. A great site on this can be found here.
The Syria Mosque was a 3,700 seat performance venue, located in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Constructed in 1911 and dedicated on October 26, 1916, it was designed by Huehl, Schmidt & Holmes architectural firm of Chicago.
Located at 4223 Bigelow Boulevard , over the years it held numerous events, mainly highlighted by concerts of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and numerous internationally recognized music performers, as well as political rallies and speeches. Despite community efforts to have the building designated a historic landmark, the Syria Mosque was torn down on August 27, 1991. , and the site is now a parking lot for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center