Honor Pete Seeger Creatively

So Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner feels the new bridge should be named after folk music legend Pete Seeger. Pause. Deep breath. He lived in Beacon, so why not rename the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge?

by justin sullivan

At least it won’t be the Pete Seeger Tappan Zee Bridge-park, an off-beat (my opinion) idea that raised eyebrows among a long list of people, starting with safety officials. Would it stand in the water beside the new bridge? Upkeep, security, and funding, oh my!

Now people are jumping on the bandwagon re naming. Did anyone ask his family members how they feel about the idea? I suggest scholarships in Seeger’s name for environmental students.

Additionally, I would like to see his musical and environmental legacy honored within the new bridge’s belvederes.

Per Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival:

“In 1966, folk music legend and environmental activist Pete Seeger, in despair over the pollution of his beloved Hudson River, announced plans to “build a boat to save the river.” At the time, the Hudson was rank with raw sewage, toxic chemicals and oil pollution; fish had disappeared over many miles of its length. Seeger believed a majestic replica of the sloops that sailed the Hudson in the 18th and 19th centuries would bring people to the river, where they could experience its beauty and be moved to preserve it.

Inspired by that vision, the 106-feet-long sloop Clearwater was built and launched in 1969. The sloop was among the first vessels in the U.S. to conduct science-based environmental education aboard a sailing ship, creating the template for onboard education programs conducted around the world today.”

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

1 comment so far

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