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Posted By: GUEST,paul dorpat
03-Nov-08 - 02:44 PM
Thread Name: Obit: Stan James of Washington (Nov 2008)
Subject: RE: Obit: Stan James of Washington has died
I talked with Stan on the phone two saturdays ago - the 25th of Oct. We had a good long conversation and I sort of drilled him on replaying for me some parts of his life, like the coffee house next to the Guild 45 theatre in Wallingford, the Hootenanni bookings after Century 21, and so on. Stan was going to come to town (Seattle) the next day to lead the singing of Ivar's theme song, The Old Settler Song, for a birthday party at the Acres of Clams that some friends put together for my 70th. And since Ivar's was also 70 we did it there, and sang the song and listened also to Ivar singing on tape but without Stan who did not show. This mystified me, but I decided that it was probably because he may have not been feeling as well on Sunday as he was on Saturday. We had also discussed his health. I also expected to hear from him anyway with an explanation at some point. That I never did suggests that he did not live very long after I talked with him. I have some video of Stan from a few years ago in connection with the Hallibuts. I'll search for it this evening. Jean Sherrard will put some of it up on our shared blog dorpatsherrardlomont. I love Stan a lot. It always felt good to be with him. He had great zest. It is a loss for sure. (If you want to hear Ivar - not Stan for now - singing with a clean and powerful lyric tenor voice from the early 40s then I'm going in for an interview - by coincidence really - at KUOW this afternoon for about ten minutes on Ivar the singer. I'll try to find a way to make note of Stan. I think it airs tomorrow afternoon - sometime.
Paul Dorpat