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Posted By Jack Straw,
Nov 9, 2012 at 9:22 AM
I was 10 (1975) and I don't remember any of it.
I'll never forget the day. It was one of the windiest days of all and the temperature was falling all day. I was working outdoors too so maybe that is why I remember it. Didn't hear about the wreck until the next day but it did not surprise me with the weather being how it was.
One of the first songs I learned to play on the acoustic guitar. About four chords and a capo is all that is needed to get through the most of it. Remembering the lyrics is another. Cheat sheet for that.
I don't remember the wreck at the time, I was in high school at the time, but I had the pleasure of seeing Gordon Lightfoot perform that song in a small theater a month ago...
We had a very bad snowstorm (blizard) on that day/night I remember hearing about it the next morning and wondering if they would or could find any survivors.
Dave, we lived at Gaylord at the time and we also got snow that night.
I Remember it too well. Had a good friend who worked on the 'lakers' as an oiler in the engine room. Only by a last minute switch of scheduling, Stanley wasn't on the Fitzgerald. Lightfoot's song is haunting - to say the least.