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NO. R-9. JOINT RESOLUTION in memory of Victor Borge.

(J.R.H. 2)

Offered by: Representative Brooks of Montpelier.

Whereas, the musical high-jinks of Victor Borge were the inspired work of an exceptional human being whose comedic genius brought a special brand of laughter to an often troubled world, and

Whereas, Victor Borge started his musical career in a very different direction, intending to become a serious concert pianist, and

Whereas, he made his piano performance debut on a Copenhagen concert stage at the tender age of eight, and subsequently studied at the Copenhagen Music Conservatory, and under the tutelage of leading pianists in both Vienna and Berlin, and

Whereas, only after years of intensive musical training did Victor Borge discover his true lifeís vocation as an unsurpassed comic composer, performer and conductor who first delighted audiences in native Denmark and throughout his Scandinavia, and

Whereas, he skillfully employed his comic talent in savagely critiquing the rising Nazi threat to Denmark in the late 1930s despite the enormous personal risk because of his Jewish faith, and, through the good offices of the American consulate in Stockholm, was able to emigrate to America after the Nazis invaded his homeland, and

Whereas, Victor Borge quickly mastered the English language and built a new career as one of our nationís leading entertainers and ambassadors of good will, starring in his own show on Broadway, "Comedy in Music," performing with major symphony orchestras, and on radio and television, and

Whereas, in honor of the numerous Scandinavians who risked their lives during World War II to save their nationsí Jewish population, he helped to establish the "Thanks To Scandinavia Foundation," and

Whereas, Victor Borge was the recipient of numerous honors, including knighthoods from every Scandinavian nation, and in 1999, at the age of 90, when he was still actively performing before enthusiastic audiences, the prestigious Kennedy Center Performing Arts Award, and

Whereas, he promoted a love of music through his comedy and served as a great humanitarian, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly celebrates the lifetime achievements of Victor Borge whose passing leaves us all a little less richer, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to his son, Ronald Borge in Rowayton, Connecticut.