Louis Armstrong Through the Keyhole

ArmstrongWhen touring Louis Armstrong wrote constantly, sharing favorite themes of his life. He avidly wrote on whatever stationery was at hand, recording instant takes on music, sex, food, childhood memories, his heavy “medicinal” marijuana use and even his bowel movements, which he gleefully described in graphic detail. He had a fondness for lewd jokes and dirty limericks.  He made frequent use of laxatives as a means of controlling his weight, a practice he advocated both to personal acquaintances and in the diet plans he published under the title “Lose Weight the Satchmo Way”.  His laxative of preference a herbal remedy called Swiss Kriss. He would extol its virtues to anyone who would listen and pass out packets to everyone he encountered, including members of the British Royal Family. He also appeared in cards that he had printed to send out to friends. The cards bore a picture of him sitting on a toilet, as viewed through a keyhole, with the slogan “Satch says, ‘Leave it all behind ya!'”

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