In the early 1920's, the Beiderbecke family were like any other middle class White Americans. After College or University, their sons went into the professions. Lawyers, Physicians, Businessmen or perhaps even Politics. But certainly not jazz musicians. To them, jazz was almost the Devil's music. They associated Jazz music with Black people, dives, speakeasies, bordellos and brothels down South in New Orleans (where prostitution was at one time legal) and seedy Downtown Dance Halls. It was a world completely alien to them. So after their son was asked "to leave" Lake Forest Academy, where he had been sent to get "straightened out" and failing miserably, he finally convinced his folks playing jazz was his future. They couldn't have been happy but had little or no choice but eventually to give in. Perhaps by the time he had joined Whiteman they had relented enough to be more accepting of the situation. If only they had known that 85 years later their son was an American hero and legend they would have shown more enthusiasm.