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I edited the reference to Ozzie becoming the youngest Eagle Scout because the Boy Scouts do not keep records of Eagle Scout's ages. Do a Google search on "Younges Eagle Scout" and you find that quite a few people have claimed this. But the BSA can't verify it.
I'm sure that Ozzie was a Scout, and was a young Eagle Scout, but there is no way to verify that he was the youngest. Finbar 00:31, 10 October 2005 (UTC)
My father, Aloysius Bernard Cronin, born 2/23/08, lived in Hackensack, NJ and was a boy scout. Ozzie Nelson was a scout leader of his. They went camping at Bear Mountain on Friday nights. My Dad was the only Catholic in the troop and he couldn't eat meat on Friday. My Dad always packed a can of tuna fish for his meal on Friday nights. Ozzie Nelson made up the poem:
"Aloysius' only wish... That he could live on tuna fish."
My Dad also used to tell the story about how they hung their hammocks inside a pavillion at the park. Ozzie had been eating candies and discarding the wrappers onto the floor beneath his hammock. My Dad woke up in the middle of the night, and there was a skunk under Ozzie's hammock, licking the candy wrappers. Ozzie was dead asleep. Apparently, the skunk stayed there for some time, and my Dad was petrified that if he made a noise, that the skunk would get spooked and would spray all of them. He said he lay there frozen with fear for some time until the skunk eventually meandered off.
BTW, my Dad didn't think much of Ozzie.
Was he smoker?
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