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Music . . . Equal broadcast time for the United States

Music . . .  Equal broadcast time for the United States


In 1970,  I had an extraordinary experience.   About 5 in the afternoon, while walking out of a 4 hour long architectural design class, I noticed a handwritten note on the architecture bulletin board:   “Peter Yarrow, Mary Travers and Paul Stookey have free time tonight and would like to meet some Georgia Tech students.  Join them in Room 303 at 7:30 PM tonight.   If you play a musical instrument, bring it along so you can jam with them.” 

Room 303 is normally where we took Structural Engineering and Acoustics classes.   It was just a regular sized classroom, so 99% of the students thought it was a hoax.   I was curious, though.  I couldn’t bring my entire drum trap set, but did grab a tambourine and shuffled back to the Architecture Building after dinner at the frat house.  Only about 20 students took the note seriously.  Fortunately, several took their guitars or banjos along just in case.  Then walked into the classroom . . .  PETER, PAUL AND MARY.   We are not worthy!  We are not worthy!  This is the first song that we sang together.



We have added several Sami scholars and Scandinavian anthropology students to our readership in recent weeks.  Don’t want you to feel discriminated against, so are broadcasting your version, too.  In 2000,  folk singer, Mikael Wiehe, wrote Swedish words to the beloved American folk song, “This Land is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie.  Since then, “Det här är mitt land” has essentially become the national anthem for young Swedes, since their official national anthem is well . . . rather lame.   His pronunciations of Swedish words sounds guttural because his father was Danish and he was born in Denmark.  However, his words are actually what English would look and sound like today had not the Norman Conquest occurred in 1066 AD.  At the time, about 2/3 of England was occupied by Danes and Norwegians . . . plus the Angles migrated from southern Denmark.  That’s how I learned Swedish . . . by checking out an Old English dictionary from the local library. 


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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.



    I remember during the 1960s almost 100% of radio stations in Alabama did not play any PP&M tunes as it was “common knowledge” that their anti-war human rights message(s) made them “un-American’ and, of course, naturally, “Communists”…

    • Yes, they performed at Martin Luther King’s gathering at the Lincoln Monument. At the time, Alabama was fighting de-segregation. However, everywhere else, outside of Mississippi and Alabama, they were considered mainstream folk musicians.


    You are very talented Richard. As I have said before I love the drums especially when the tune being played begins softly and then reaches the final high rhythm and hangs on to the beat .

    • One of these days I will have to record my drums. Right now I am pulling my hair out, trying to make the PowerPoint 2018 software work properly. Microsoft released it with bugs and inherent instability. Every so slowly the artificial intelligence in my computer is correcting the problem, but I am having to record the first Youtube documentary over and over again!!!!!


        No problem !! we can wait. But I understand the problem must be frustrating for you.
        Best wishes.


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