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Daemon
Posted: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 12:00:00 AM
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Stephen Foster Memorial Day

Stephen Collins Foster (1826-1864) was a composer whose popular songs and ballads have found a lasting place in American music. When he died at the age of 37, he left behind more than 200 compositions—among them "Camptown Races," "Oh! Susanna," and "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair." January 13, the anniversary of Foster's death, was proclaimed Stephen Foster Memorial Day in 1951. In Florida, this day is part of Stephen Foster Memorial Week, and events include performances by musical groups from schools and universities throughout the state. More...
Robert Imgrat
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I wonder, do the guys in Australia have their Foster Day? (4.1%)
Phil Redbud
Posted: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 4:13:05 AM

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Robert Imgrat wrote:
I wonder, do the guys in Australia have their Foster Day? (4.1%)


Haha, very good. I seriously doubt it though Robert, I have yet to meet an Aussie with a good word for the amber nectar. Most seem positively embarrassed with its association with the 'lucky country'.

Oh, what fresh horror is this, Isn't it bad enough I lay the occasional egg?
Robert Imgrat
Posted: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 9:16:09 AM

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I meant no offenceShame on you . I like Australia, and their beers. From Tasmania alsoDrool .
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a talent who throw his life away on licquor
Dr WWWW
Posted: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 1:43:32 PM

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My mom was a music teacher in the schools of the small town in which I grew up. She would go from classroom to classroom in the elementary grades and sing songs with us kids. At the time (late 1940s, early 1950s) there was a movement to familiarize children with American folk tunes, prominent among which were the songs of Stephen Foster. We all enjoyed learning and singing these songs and it was an activity which potentially would have brought kids from all over the country together.

In spite of his short, tragic life, he gifted us with something of great value.

I don't know if similar school programs are available elsewhere in the world, or even if still offered anywhere in the U.S., but I think they should be.

"To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting." -- Edmund Burke
Fredric-frank Myers
Posted: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 4:58:29 PM

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I have often wondered, regarding creative people that have died so young, just what else may they have contributed to humankind. What a great loss at such a young age... :-( SO VERY SAD
TB Turtle
Posted: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 11:41:48 PM

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Phil Redbud, why do they think it "lucky"? Because it no longer is a penal colony?
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