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Utah showed me who was the hero

I never had any heroes growing up, and couldn’t figure out why, until one Saturday I heard Utah Phillips on our community radio station in Houston. It was the spring or summer of 1970 and his first record had just come out or would be coming out pretty soon. Meanwhile the KKK kept busy by blowing up the radio tower to keep us from hearing him.

The hero he sang about was us workers, and his songs and stories said to me not to leave it up to some hero to get us out of problems created by people whose every actions were dictated to them by stock numbers on a ticker tape machine, like our President for instance.

Utah, was to me a great leader, who used songs and stories to lead us back to our own voice, to reason, and to our humanity. I will always be thankful to Mr. Phillips for that, and to all his friends and family, who did any little thing to make his life and living just a tiny bit happier.

Buck Stoval

Grass Valley

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