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Dick Rodgers Passes in Washington, DC

June 3, 2008

Richard "Dick" Rodgers, a familiar face on the Washington, DC, folk scene died of a heart attack following surgery. He was 70. The Youngstown, Ohio native and graduate of The Ohio State University moved to DC in the early '60s where he became the first dues-paying member of the Folklore Society and started the Washington Folk Strums newsletter (basically so he could get into concerts for free). He was known for his encyclopedic knowledge of traditional folk music and for playing, among other instruments, a homemade hurdy-gurdy in concert and at the Maryland Renaissance Festival.

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