March 2, 1919 Born in Burlington, VT
Parents: Walter Alexander Finlayson and June Tryon Finlayson
Boyhood: New Britain, CT (with Fred Andres as devoted step-father)
Favorite vacation site: Rogers Lake, CT where he met Hollywood character actor, Henry Hull, and saw Constance and Joan Bennett driving be.
Favorite activities: Boys Scouts (Drum and Bugle corps),
baton twirling, teaching himself (Legend has it) piano and clarinet
1934 The family moved to Katonah, NY where his father bought the Lewis Miller Insurance Agency
June 1938 He graduated from the old Katonah High School (site of present day Fire Station). His musical activities included:
—-Drum major two years under Victor Salvo
–Founded The Astronauts, a dance band, with students from other local schools
— Won many talent shows with his baton twirling skills
–Attended Ithaca College for four years, majoring in Music:
Roommate, ARNIE BROIDO, later served as his life long publisher
Walt Finlayson as a music teacher and Department Chairman at John Jay High School in Cross River, NY.