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Thread #120096   Message #2610592
13-Apr-09 - 08:31 PM
Thread Name: Obit: Seattle's John Ross, Mudcatter, April 2009
Subject: RE: Obit: Seattle's John Ross, Mudcatter, April 09
He was born in Brookline, MA and lived in that general area all through high school; but his parents had moved to Florida after John was grown and moved away. (As has been mentioned before, they're both gone now; his mother died about fifteen or twenty years ago, and his father followed a couple or three years afterwards.) He was an alumnus of St. John's College in Annapolis, and he was very proud of having gone there - he often told me he was planning to bequeath his record collection to their library (he thought it was particularly appropriate in light of the fact that Jac Holzman, the founder of Elektra Records, was also a St. John's alumnus).

He also got a kick out of the fact that he spent his four years in the Coast Guard stationed in St. Louis, which wasn't anywhere near a coast! He had even started to write a humorous song about it, and would sing a few lines here and there when he was hanging out at Festival Services during Folklife, but unfortunately he never got it down on paper.