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Anniversary of the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

November 10, 2004

Nov. 10 marks the 29th anniversary of the wreck at sea of the cargo ship The Edmund Fitzgerald, immortalized by Gordon Lightfoot in song. Twenty-nine hands were lost in rough water on the Great Lakes and it has never been established exactly what brought the ship down. Lightfoot reportedly wrote the song because a newspaper story misspelled the name of the ship and he felt the seamen deserved greater respect. The Edmund Fitzgerald was on its way to Cleveland to deliver its freight when the accident took place and you can experience what it would be like to be aboard a similar steamship by taking a tour of the William G. Mather Museum. Great Lakes Brewing Company has a beer named after the ship.

On another Gordon Lightfoot note, you have until the end of this month to play our fun G.L. quiz (as more than 710 listeners already have) in honor of his new recording, Harmony. Remember, you only have one shot (no using that pesky "back" button either!). Tell your friends!

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at November 10, 2004 3:58 PM


You pushed me too soon Annie,...I should have waited and studied up more. I passed , but only with a C plus. I should have done better! Oh well, I'll ace the next one.

Posted by: Thomas at November 13, 2004 4:21 AM

Being from near Orillia where he's from I thought I'd do better than the paltry 7 out of 10 but after all these years of seeing play sveral times in different venues from lrge and grandiouso to small and intimate he's still got what it takes as a prominent songwriter and performer

Posted by: mark crawford at November 18, 2004 6:27 AM

Ha!...I hear you, Mark,...and what really makes me mad (at myself) is that I missed probably the EASIEST ones,...and got the tough ones! But then, I've never been really good at tests like this. Seems like I always know everything except what I'm asked!

Posted by: Thomas at November 20, 2004 8:37 PM

Just joined on--when will you be doing the Lead Belly tribute again---I missed it !!--mike

Posted by: Michael Fraser at November 26, 2004 4:14 PM

who won the lightfoot quiz?
Thanks Gordon

Posted by: Gordon Ponsford at December 1, 2004 8:56 AM

Gordon (and everyone else) -- The winners' names have been drawn! I will be announcing them and posting our final totals in the next issue of the Folk Alley Chat (coming out next Monday). Thanks for participating, the contest was a fabulous success! Ann

Posted by: Ann V. at December 1, 2004 9:52 AM

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