W. DOUG SPRAGUEHe was born William Douglas Sprague. On one occasion, I heard someone call him "Bill" and he seemed to grimace. He was not a "Bill" - he was a "Doug."

When I was 10, there were numerous movie theatres that charged 5 cents or 10 cents for "silent" films. There was no sound, but an experienced lady sat up front at a player piano. If "bad guys" had tied the heroine to the railroad tracks, she played the music dramatic and heart-rending. But soon the good guys were galloping on the scene and untied the frightened heroine - to great applause from the audience.

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