Friday, June 05, 2009

PETE SEEGER: NOBEL LAUREATE?

pete and russ
Pete Seeger at 90 - Dutchess County, NY
On the banks of the Hudson River with neighbor Russ


I just got alerted by an email from Andrew Revkin that there's a campaign to nominate living legend Pete Seeger for a Nobel Peace Prize.

The Clearwater Revival minstrel, union activist rabble rousing rascal banjo picker was 90 years young on May 3, 2009 and he is still going strong. Here's a shot of Andy and Pete making music on the banks of their beloved Hudson River a couple of years ago taken by their neighbor Russ.

Revkin and Seeger Singing
photo by Russ

Russ says, "Today, I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with one of the world's most creative, respected and celebrated nonagenarians...the Legendary Pete Seeger ... The purpose of our meeting, was for me to present him with a Hudson River panorama on wood I created to celebrate his 90th.

PeteSeegerCollage
Click to see the panorama large size.

"Mr. Seeger being extremely humble and modest, didn't seem to care for the collage/panorama, because he said it contained way too many photos of him. The photos I used for the piece ... were taken throughout the course of his life...from early childhood to his recent participation in the historic Inaugural Concert at the Lincoln Memorial in DC on January 18, 2009.

"After we discussed what would be the best thing to do with the large 6'x18" panorama...we decided that it should be used by the Clearwater Organization [the local river conservation project] for fund-raising purposes. Pete said he thought it might bring in about a thousand bucks for the Clearwater Org... I'd certainly like that!"

And a Nobel for Pete Seeger? Yup! We can do it. Please go to Nobel Peace Prize for Pete Seeger to sign the petition and find out how you can help. And please share the campaign with your network.


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