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Thread #147780 Message #3427582
Posted By: GUEST,Philippa
29-Oct-12 - 12:46 AM
Thread Name: Pete Seeger on NPR & new album
Subject: RE: Pete Seeger on NPR & new album
a friend of mine remembers Pete visiting Fox Meadow primary school in Scarsdale NY annually circa 1956-59 (I think there was some complaint to the school board after that? and that he was a friend of teachers Fern Olson and Dorothy Irvine). He used to sit on the gym floor and play. She says he always played "There was an old woman who swallowed a fly". Amazing Pete is still visiting schools over half a century later, though I don't suppose he sits on the floor nowadays.
In fact I heard saw him play in NY on a recent visit and his voice is rather weak (but audible), but he was still playing banjo with remarkably nimble fingers. I did ask him about Fox Meadow school and Fern Olson, but I thought he either didn't hear me (fiddled with his hearing aid) or didn't understand me.