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Date: January 09, 2003 at 15:43:48
From: Judy Patsch, [cache-dq03.proxy.aol.com]
Subject: Re: Showboats and Calliopes


Well of course he was playing Bach on the calliope.
Its located on the stern.........maybe too punny, but I
DO know who Virgil Fox was. Bob Ralston from the
Lawrence Welk show played the DQ calliope in 76?. The
Simonton family was all on board from STL-STP with an
organ group, and Ralston was the featured organist. He
grimaced a bit when he played the first notes on the
calliope, but then seemed to like it more as he played.
I remember there was a tiff about unloading the special
organ they had brought on for that trip. There was no
way to haul it up those cement steps at beautiful
Lambert Landing, and so it was left on until a stop
down the river where it could be rolled off the stage.
..........


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