Friday Afternoon Jukebox: We Three Kings. Or Chief Executives, Anyway.


Jason Kuznicki

Jason Kuznicki is a research fellow at the Cato Institute and contributor of Cato Unbound. He's on twitter as JasonKuznicki. His interests include political theory and history.

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  1. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    There’s a James Thurber piece where he’s going through a stack of old Punch issues, quoting jokes both good and bad (mostly bad). One of them is about the pianoforte recital of Paddy Rewski, the player from Irish Poland.Report

  2. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    And on a similar note, President Garfield was an amateur mathematician who discovered an original proof of the Pythagorean Theorem. According to this, he found it during a mathematics discussion with some of the members of Congress.

    Yeah, I can’t picture that either.Report

  3. Avatar zic says:

    Kings and Queens compose
    music singing loud and clear
    the people rejoiceReport

  4. Avatar BlaiseP says:

    There’s a story told about Frederick the Great and JS Bach.

    Frederick was a flautist who was about to start in playing with his own orchestra. Bach came in the room, whereupon Frederick rose in awe and said “Gentlemen, old Bach is here.” The king took took old Bach and his musicians on a tour of his pianofortes: he had seven in the palace.

    After the tour, JS Bach asked Frederick for a theme. The king said he had an odd theme which had been much on his mind, picked up his flute and played it. Bach exclaimed it was one of the finest things he’d ever heard: and this is what he played., The Musical Offering.Report

  5. Avatar Maribou says:

    That was a super-nifty and unexpected jukebox. Paderewski, particularly.Report