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Old 05-03-2010, 09:28 PM
David Tschiggfrie David Tschiggfrie is offline
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Location: Dubuque, Iowa
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Default Part 1 of Ceremony for Capt. Alan Bates

A very busy, hectic and tiring two days in Dubuque began when many guests were in attendance at last Friday night's Captain's Ball ceremony at the Grand River Convention Center. During that program and celebration, Capt. Alan Bates was honored by the National Rivers Hall of Fame for his many and varied contributions to preserving the story of our rivers and its boats and its people. We need not attempt a listing of Alan's accomplishments over many decades, as his work and his passion for the river and for boating are well-known by many on this message board and by countless others along the inland rivers of our country. It was very apparent that Alan was genuinely amazed and reluctant that such adulation and high praise came his way, and I suspect he would have preferred if none of the hoo-rah that took place focused such attention on what he considers to be simply a matter of who he is and what he chose to do with the opportunities that came his way.

For those who are hoping to see some photos of those two days, posted below are two groups of thumbnails. Unfortunately, the shots I snapped of the actual presentation of Alan's National Achievement Award by NRHOF president Corky Bickel did not turn out very well-focused. Jonathan, using a tripod, recorded the ceremony on digital videotape however, so we do have that photographic record. Thumbnail #1 shows Capt. Bill Bowell of St. Paul, Alan and Rita Bates, and Ike Hastings from the NRHOF Board prior to the start of the evening's program and dinner. Thumbnail #2 pictures Alan with Capt. Mat Stage of the CHAUTAUQUA BELLE. Mat spoke a few words in honor of Alan and presented him with a special plaque he had made from one of the boat's paddlewheel buckets which contained a brass casting of the steamboat and an inscription. In addition, Mat presented Alan with a large poster showing the steamer on Chautauqua Lake in New York State. Thumbnail #3 was snapped Saturday morning at the museum where Capt. Bill Bowell, Alan, and Capt. Charlie Lehman staffed a table for signing copies of their river books.
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