Though "Till We Meet Again" was to become the most popular ballad of World War I, composer Richard A. Whiting and lyricist Raymond B. Egan thought so little of its commercial chances that they threw the manuscript into a wastebasket. Mrs. Whiting, however, had other ideas. She fished it out and, unknown to her husband, took it to publisher Jerome Remick. Her faith in the song was soon confirmed. Even before the sheet music was off the presses, Remick got the first inkling of the song's future success when it won a war-song contest sponsored by a Detroit movie theater.