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Thread #6252   Message #1421436
Posted By: Jim Dixon
26-Feb-05 - 09:43 AM
Thread Name: Origins: The Ballad of Soapy Smith (Al Oster)
Subject: RE: Origins: The Ballad of Soapy Smith
"The Ballad of Soapy Smith" is also the name of a play by Michael Weller that premiered in Seattle in 1983. (Click here for a review from The Boston Globe.) The review mentions a character in the play, "Paul Anthony MacAleer, a minor poet given to doggerel." The review doesn't exactly say so, but I suspect MacAleer was a real person who wrote the poem which became the song and which inspired the play.