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Thread #76279   Message #1351635
Posted By: GUEST,Art Thieme
09-Dec-04 - 12:06 AM
Thread Name: Riding the freights
Subject: RE: Riding the freights
If you put "Paul Durst" into a Forum Search here you will see I've posted a ton about this old IWW hobo who I tape recorded in 1961. Born in 1868, he'd been a part of the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show, was a Wobbly organizer, a migratory crop worker, a raftsman on the Mississippi River, was present at the Ludlow Massacre in Colorado, at the Haymarket riot in Chicago. He also knew Joe Hill and they'd shipped out on a tramp steamer together to Hawaii. Jumping freights with his fiddle on his back was his preferred method of transportation.

At 93 he could still fiddle even though he was quite arthritic.

Utah Phillips used my taped interviews with Paul Durst as a subject for one of his LOAFER'S GLORY radio programs. That show is still available from Utah I'm pretty sure.

Art Thieme