Wow, I have never been so upset over the death of a famous person before.
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Folk singer Pete Seeger dies at 94
NY Times: American folk singer, troubadour and activist Pete Seeger has died of natural causes at the age of 94, his family say.
Photo: Pete Seeger at the Beacon Sloop Club in Beacon, N.Y., in 2010. (Andrew Sullivan for The New York Times)
Pete Seeger was a formative figure in my childhood. I grew up in the Hudson River Valley and spent my early summers at a day-camp where we went and “weed wallowed” — cleaned invasive weeds out of the Hudson to help clean it up. I sailed on the Clearwater with my nursery school friends & my Girl Scout troop to learn about the river, the fishes, and the Native people of the area. I met Pete Seeger as a young child when he gave an impromptu concert from the back of his pickup truck during a Weed Wallow. I attended the Clearwater Festival (The Great Hudson River Revival) for years as a teenager and blossomed into activism as my deep love of the river grew. And I had a special playlist of Pete Seeger’s music that I listened to when homesick on trips or at college.
He was a great man and a strong spirit and I am sad to see him leave this earth, but he lived a good long life and did much to preserve our land and our waters. God bless, Pete.
"But apple cider and pumpkin, strawberries and corn, made the people of the river feel glad they were born"
River That Flows Both Ways, Pete Seeger
"well if you want to have great love, you got to have great anger"
Letter to Eve, Pete Seeger