Here’s one of a few articles Mary wrote by herself and that was published in columns like this from the Pittsburgh Press in 1935. Because television was not widespread and Mary’s voice was so mature, rumors flew as to her true age.  NBC even went so far as to publicize her 13th birthday but still much of the public refused to believe she was that young.  I think the same thing happened when people first listed to the Jackie Evancho Youtube clips.  Well she was indeed 13, but some people will always need to see a birth certificate I guess!  The odd thing was, many men sent engagement proposals to the radio station addressed to Mary, making it flattering and awkward at the same time.

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 [3], 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. [7], and the site is now a parking lot for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center