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Thread #120096 Message #2723657
Posted By: GUEST,Guest: Pushkara Sally Ashford
14-Sep-09 - 05:23 PM
Thread Name: Obit: Seattle's John Ross, Mudcatter, April 2009
Subject: RE: Obit: Seattle's John Ross, Mudcatter, April 2009
Sorry to ring in late on the passing of John Ross. He has been such a steady staple of the Seattle folk scene forever, it seems. We could count on his purposeful presence, on deck at NW Folklife. The 25 year Coffeehouse Singers Reunion was his doing. My latest contact with John was in preparing for Stan James' memorial at the Wooden Boat Center. He was very gracious, diligent and FAST in converting tapes of Stan's singing into CDs. The sheer amount of archival material, the range of electronic equipment on hand in his home, the voluminous know-how he brought to preserving our collective folk music history and his care in doing all this with next-to-no public acknowledgment or little expression of appreciation makes me wonder if we didn't let slip an opportunity to say a BIG THANKS, JOHN!! Mensch, is it?