February 9, 2007

“The Pajama Game” Song

By Paul Bieber

Trust me, this will be as short as I can make it, so please read to the end.

In 1954, Richard Adler and Jerry Ross wrote the musical play “The Pajama Game”, based on a book called 7-1/2 Cents by Richard Bissell. The book was about the bargaining for a union contract that called for a 7 1/2 cent hourly increase. Like all great Broadway musicals, everything came out OK in the end, with management and pajama makers singing together in the grand finale.

(Hey Paul, this is a glass blog…get to the point already!)

The show stopping number, the one that earned the best song award, can still be heard today: STEAM HEAT. This refers to more heat coming into a lead’s romantic life, but that is not important here.

Thank God we didn’t have Low E glass in 1954. Without cold and drafty places, there would have been no inspiration or need for this song, the play might not have made it, and American Theatre History may indeed be very different.

So far, this is the only good reason I’ve come across for not having Low-E glass everywhere.