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Deckman Burl Ives the musician (instrumentalist)? (46) RE: Burl Ives the musician ? 17 Apr 19


When I attended the private reception for him after his final public concert in Anacortes, Washington state, I enjoyed a marvelous moment with him. By then he was still quite ill and was being carefully supervised by his wife (nurse?). As the long reception line formed to thank him for his concert, his wife loudly announced that there was to be NO handshakes, as his hands were very sore. I happened to be in the restroom at that announcement, so I missed her rules.

As is my style, I made sure that I was the last person in line, knowing that I might have more time for a longer conversation. He remembered me from our many letters over the years. I'd also brought my copy of the first book he wrote in 1954" Tales of America." I handed it to him and asked him to sign it.

His wife grabbed it from my hand before he could reach it, yelling at me that I wasn't following her instructions. Burl grabbed it back from her hands, saying: "I haven't seen a copy of this book in decades." He started to thumb through it. I did the only thing I could think to do, which was to offer to give it him. He smiled at me, and said "No, it's yours, but let me sign it for you."

I still have that book. bob(deckman)nelson


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