The Waves of November

Today marks the day of remembering the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald and the death of 29 crew members.

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Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than fifty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • Mike

    I grew up in Michigan and remember that well. I was in the 5th grade back then. It doesn’t seem like it was 35 years ago.

  • Barb

    I always loved Gordon Lightfoot and I remember this song–but I never saw the pictures before or knew much of the story

  • discokvn

    i remember the song from when i was a child… what strikes me is that today, if the same accident happened, i doubt it would cause such a stir in our hearts as to incite a song, let alone all the other memorials dedicated to the fitzgerald…

  • AHH

    This is the time of year for extreme weather events in the Great Lakes; saw an interesting post today about 5 such events including the Edmund Fitzgerald storm and the “white hurricane” of 1913:
    http://www.wunderground.com/blog/weatherhistorian/entrynum=5

  • Karen

    I can finally hear this song in the right spirit of remembrance; many years of hearing it played so radio stations could meet the Canadian content rules ( a long song by a Canadian!) really coloured my perceptions.

  • Randy Gabrielse

    I remember that day as if it were yesterday. The song has always haunted me. I was in a sixth-floor hospital room in Grand Rapids Michigan and watched the wind hit the windows so hard it was popping the exterior screens right out. I heard that the Mackinac Bridge was closed that day and finally I heard of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

    discokvn: I agree that it would not get the play it got back then. I believe this is due to the way that we have de-valued working people who mined, shipped and refined iron and steel. I shuttered recently when I heard Gordon Lightfoot’s song played just before Bruce Springsteen’s “Youngstown.”

    Peace,
    Randy Gabrielse

  • http://LostCodex.com DRT

    I am quite the fan too. So much so that at 6:30 this morning I was playing the video a bit too loud and when my wife came downstairs, well, I was sunk.


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