Today marks the day of remembering the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald and the death of 29 crew members.
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.
I always loved Gordon Lightfoot and I remember this song–but I never saw the pictures before or knew much of the story
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…
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
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.
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
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.