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Date: November 17, 2002 at 19:45:20
From: R. Dale Flick, [nr12-216-196-177-53.fuse.net]
Subject: Re: DQ's Theme Song/Str. W.P. SNYDER


Greetings:
The answer to the big, burning question RE: DQ's Theme Song is: AURA LEE, words by W.W. Fosdick and music by George R. Poulton. "As the Blackbird in the spring, 'Neath the willow tree...etc., etc." I don't know when it was adopted by GREENE LINE STEAMERS but the story appears in one of the DQ's daily newspapers printed in 1959. It's mentioned again in another DQ daily cruise paper in 1962. Yep, Ted's question last week RE: "...getting something like this (GOLDENROD) off the ground," brought back tons of memories going back to 1985 when the W.P. SNYDER campaign was launched. In short, it nearly killed me until brought to completion in 1988 under the hand of Capt. John Beatty and other great contributors and workers. Too involved to totally relate here (don't want to bore people) and will post in dribbles. It's worth the time but in 'edited' form. Ted, it meant untold hours of phoning, research, writing, arm twisting and coughing up no small amount of personal funds (multiply the $$$ by three today). I engaged legal counsel to make sure I was on solid ground and wouldn't be 'inheriting' any hidden bills, law suits etc. The saving grace was Capt Fred Way and S&D along with John Briley and the Ohio River Museum in Marietta. In the end it WAS worth it, but it came at a horrendous price. There were vocal opponents all along the way and criticism (What's new?) fell on my shoulders like snow flakes in a blizzard. When victory (and completion of the restoration) was in sight the 'critics' came by the score with calls/letters to "ride the dear old SNYDER back to Marietta." All free and for the fun of it, naturally. So much for now. Keith speaks wise words about the present situation in Louisville a la the plight of the BELLE OF LOUISVILLE.
Regards,
R. Dale Flick


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