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February 2, 2014

Pete Seeger’s visit to Norman came with a price

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NORMAN —

He met up with Oklahoman Woody Guthrie in 1940. They wrote songs as they traveled together to Guthrie’s hometown of Okemah. From there Seeger set off on a journey through the countryside, playing in bars to earn enough money to get him back to New York.

Seeger was drafted in 1942 and sent overseas to Saipan in 1944 where he entertained the troops in hospitals.

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The university, lead by Dr. George Cross, didn’t care to host Seeger at Holmberg Hall or inside the Oklahoma Memorial Union as the students suggested. So, the First Presbyterian Church offered up its basement for the performance.

Later, Seeger came back to campus after he had been cleared by Congress. While he was in New York City one day, Goins happened to walk by Carnegie Hall where Seeger was playing that night. They just happen to have a single ticket left.

“He was truly one of my heroes. He stood for fairness and justice,” said Goins.

Andy Rieger

editor@normantranscript.com

366-3543

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