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Date: July 31, 2002 at 23:38:22
From: Captain Mike, [user-119at1j.biz.mindspring.com]
Subject: The Captains Log


ok, everyone, let's please move on; "the riverrat" has spoken his or HER opinion, it's not that important! Let me please just say that having been here during times of trial, like Betty Blake was, and having the love for this old vessel that she did, I know exactly how she felt about this old boat. In the Delta Queen she found purpose and reason for her life, in that the Delta Queen has brought much joy to many peoples lives, and to attempt to preserve such a thing is a noble endeavor! But Betty, Phyllis, myself and many others do what we do because the Delta Queen represents that something intangible, that unique thing that just cannot be described by words, and was'nt meant to be. I am humbled at the likes of Gordon Greene, Captain Mary, (my spiritual grandmother), Mary becker and Letha Jane, (A wonderful firecracker!) And of course Capt. Fred Way, my "writing mentor", who gave me a pen one day and said, "don't try to be poetic, just write what you really feel." He passed away not long after that, but I still have the pen.... All of these things should remind us to not quarrel over who said what, but to spend our time striving not to relive steamboat history, but to make it! The grandest thing about steamboats is not the history we leave behind, but that you and I, we were there, we actually lived it, we smelled the pungent odor of the river bank in the early morning fog, we heard the swirl and wash of the muddy water as it swept away from the bow of the Delta Queen, we felt the warm, salty trickle of summer rain drops wash down our faces, or watched as autumn leaves, sent aloft by fall winds, swept pastel colors across or bow. Oh, yes, there are rivers yet undiscovered to be found, muddy banks with high slopes to challenge deckhands as they struggle to choke a tree, and indeed, places not yet marked by the touch of the Delta Queen! Shall we argue or quibble about who said what? I respectfully say no! Let's get about living the business that the wonderful and unimitable Betty Blake loved so much! Steamboatin!


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