This first painting is of Noel Regney. He was a French soldier during World War II who was forced to join the German army. He was able to join the French underground, but the horrors of the war haunted him for years to come.
After the war, he moved to the United States where he met Gloria Shayne playing the piano in a hotel lobby in Manhattan. Although they hardly even spoken the same language, they were married a month later! They later wrote the words and music to "Do You Hear What I Hear" together. Aren't Noel and Gloria perfect names for a couple of Christmas carol writers?
This was especially meaningful because it aired on Music and the Spoken Word on December 7th, Pearl Harbor Day.