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BH Alan Lomax: Another View (80* d) RE: Alan Lomax: Another View 22 Jul 02


I was not going to get into this can or worms, but after the VW and Autobahn thoughts I had to put my 2 worthless cents in.

Certainly Lomax left a positive--in general--legacy. Ron's points are well taken. Overcoming your background/upbringing to the best of your ability is certainly an admirable thing. His legacy is the treasures of music discovered that might otherwise not have been heard of again.

The "Guest", however, made a valid point. What then is a "good" person. Philosophers can pontificate for hours (years)---who really knows. They can tell you too that the chair on the table does not exist because chairs are not on tables.

Hitler was not a "good" person---the legacy of a VW and a highway is certainly not outweighed by the other historical horrors---Mussolini made the trains run on time---Hooray. Lomax, at the least, left a positive legacy with only some very slight negatives in his character that might preclude him from sainthood.

Anyway, I never did know why Americans like the VW.

Bill Hahn


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