Pete Seeger died today
Pete Seeger died last night. He was 94 years old. I am sure all the older folks here know his music and activism, but he was an avid sailor as well. He was so disturbed by the pollution on the Hudson River that he built the Clearwater, a 108 foot wooden gaff rigged sloop that is a replica of the boats that used to sail up and down the Hudson River. The purpose of the boat was to get people out on the river and see the beauty of the river and has inspired an entire organization. This organization has helped clean up the river and it is now swimable for most of it's length. He also built the Woody Guthrie and donated it to the Beacon Sloop club and they take people out on the river for free every week night out of Beacon, NY.
Pete was active up to his death. He did a lot of work at the local grade schools in the music department. Showed up at all the local festivals and sang any time there was a crowd. He had a real energy that was hard to resist. If he happened to be in town he never begrudged someone wanting a photograph. He will be missed, especially here in Beacon where he has become the entire towns adopted grandfather. He has now joined his beloved wife Toshi who died last year.