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  1. Dear Larry, I wonder if anyone could tell me how to find Red Skelton singing "By the Waters of Minnetonka," or point me toward other performances of the song. I've only heard it on a record sung by my great-grandmother, Edna Lieurance, who was really a very fine soprano. I see copies of the sheet music on ebay all the time! I plan to save the "From Russia with love" thread for the cold season, and a hot whiskey. :-) I've gotten quite dizzy reading your reminiscences, trying to conjure for myself what it would have been like to hobnob with such a glittering set. I need to get back in
  2. Dear Larry, It's been forty-four pages and (for me) three days absorbed in your stories, and I have to say: you don't need to write a book. Because it is all right here on this wonderful thread, on a terrific-if-slightly-flawed website, available to everyone at no cost, and I for one can't thank you enough. This thread has many layers-- your travels and travails, other posters' stories, along with your reminiscences-- that would never end up in a book, that I loved reading equally as much. Thank you again. I grew up in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, by the way, not too far from the
  3. Wow, what a buzz! Follow this link (and look down the page a little) to see an incredible live performance of the "Mambo" from West Side Story, recorded this month at the BBC Proms. Gustavo Dudamel and the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra. The conductor, who grew up in poverty in Venezuela, is the toast of the classical world right now; he's just been snatched up by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. http://gtltornt.wordpress.com/2007/08/22/venuezuela-triunfa-en-los-proms/ Here's a little about the musicians, from an article in The Observer: He and his orchestra are but the apex of a un
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