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Posted By: Mark Ross
23-Mar-09 - 11:12 AM
Thread Name: Obit: Archie Green (22 March 2009)-Memorial Jun 21
Subject: Obit: Archie Green
It is my sad duty to report that my old friend Archie Green passed away on Saturday. He was 92 years old and had been failing for a couple of months. The doctor told him that his heart and kidneys were wearing out, and Archie decided that it was time. He died at home in his sleep with his family around him. Archie had been a shipwright and carpenter who went into academia. He was the author of many books on the subject of working class culture, among them ONLY A MINER, and THE BIG RED SONGBOOK. He was also considered the Godfather of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
It was his lobbying efforts that helped push the legislation through to passage.
I would calll him from time to time to ask a question or tell him a new story, or just to get his opinion on something or other. When the economy started to collapse last year I asked, "Archie, are you getting a feeling of deja vu?" He just laughed. Despite the asbestosis contracted from working in the shipyards many years ago he was tireless and indefatigible in his search for truth and insight.
I will miss him.

Mark Ross