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Thread #581   Message #3868534
Posted By: Joe Offer
27-Jul-17 - 04:43 AM
Thread Name: Origins:Deportees-seeking original Woody recording
Subject: RE: Origins:Deportees-seeking original Woody recording
Phil - I suppose it's not odd that the victims were not named immediately. This 1948 crash was the worst airplane crash that had happened in California, and it was front-page news in newspapers all over the state for three days, until Gandhi was assassinated. Woody Guthrie read a brief article about the crash in the New York Times, and the brevity of the article moved him to write his song. But this story was big news here in California, and the news coverage seemed sympathic to all the victims - not just the crew.

But it IS odd that the names were not given until 2013, when a few people took the time to find out the stories of the people who died. Now those names are on a suitable gravestone, but they weren't recognized for all the years until then.