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A great woman and a great friend of AFC.
Ellen

Thompson, William wrote:
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> Dear AGU Friends: 
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> I wanted to share this message from former AFC director Alan Jabbour and 
> wife Karen for those of you not on the publore listserv.  As you may 
> know, former Congresswoman Lindy Boggs passed way this last week.  She 
> was a former AFC Trustee and a longtime friend to our field.  She will 
> be missed.
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> Best Wishes, Betsy
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> Betsy Peterson, Ph.D.
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> Director, American Folklife Center
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> Library of Congress
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> 101 Independence Ave., SE
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> Washington, DC 20540-4610
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> 202-707-1745
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> *From:* Alan Jabbour [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> *Sent:* Saturday, July 27, 2013 1:58 PM
> *To:* Public Sector Folklore List ([log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>)
> *Subject:* Lindy Boggs RIP
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> I just heard that Lindy Boggs passed away: 
> http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/07/27/19715020-trailblazer-former-rep-lindy-boggs-of-louisiana-dead-at-97?lite.
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> Lindy was a wonderful Congresswoman and a wonderful person in every 
> respect. But folklorists should remember her especially as a longtime 
> supporter of the American Folklife Center who also served for a few 
> years on its Board of Trustees. I went with her on several visits to the 
> offices of other members of Congress, and her quiet geniality, poise, 
> and friendliness commanded instant admiration and affection wherever she 
> went.
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> I’m flooded with memories, but for some reason one story stands out. 
> Somehow the fiddle tune “The Eighth of January” came up in our 
> conversation, and the song Jimmy Driftwood composed to the tune using it 
> to celebrate the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812. She smiled – 
> when she smiled her blue eyes always sparkled in the most amazing way! – 
> and said, “Oh, darling (pronounced “dahling”), I certainly know the tune 
> and the story – I’ve been to a lot of Jefferson-Jackson Day dinners in 
> my time.” The tune, it seems – and no doubt the song as well -- was 
> often played at Jefferson-Jackson Day dinners in which the Democratic 
> Party celebrated its founders.
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> Lindy lived in a beautiful old apartment building on Connecticut Avenue 
> when she was in DC. At home in New Orleans she lived in a beautifully 
> sequestered home with an interior patio right in the heart of Bourbon 
> Street. The American Folklife Center’s Board of Trustees once met in New 
> Orleans, and she hosted us in her Bourbon Street home. She served in 
> Congress during an era that was not so many years ago, and yet it seems 
> now like a different world. Her grace and magic helped make that world a 
> better world, and though she has now passed away, her graceful helping 
> hand to our field continues to radiate today.
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> Best to all!
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> Alan and Karen Jabbour
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> 3107 Cathedral Ave. NW
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> Washington DC 20008-3420
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> 202-333-1089
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> www.alanjabbour.com <http://www.alanjabbour.com>
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