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Thread #153554 Message #3598091
Posted By: Dan Schatz
04-Feb-14 - 12:11 AM
Thread Name: Tappan Zee Bridge/Pete Seeger
Subject: RE: Tappan Zee Bridge/Pete Seeger
Pete's grandson Kitama, who emphasizes he's speaking only for himself, writes:
For everyone who says Pete would hate the idea of naming a bridge after him, I think I should provide insight into Grandpa's thought process.
Kitama: Grandpa what do you think of the new Tappan Zee bridge being named after you?
Pete: There are lots of great people to name things after, why me?
Kitama: Because if they name it after you then people of all races and socio-economic backgrounds will be reminded every day that they need to continue fighting for a better world as they sit in traffic.
Pete: Well I do love bridges. I have spent the past sixty years looking at two bridges right from my porch. Bridges are essential, built by geniuses. Also the Tappan Zee goes right to Nyack. That is the only time when I lived with both of my parents, and it was only two years.
Kitama: But some people say you would hate it.
Pete: Hate it? I hate injustice! I hate dishonesty! I hate greed! Those are things worth hating.
This makes a lot of sense to me. It fits Pete's personality.
PS: Kitama also writes, "Grandpa has always respected Dylan. Dylan has always respected Grandpa. Can the country please move on?"