The Legend-News

⇐Archives
Monday, 2000 December 4 : Volume 3, Number 44

What We Got Here

A note about the publishing schedule of The Legend-News in Time Out; some News; a C.W. Sighting; and there's no room for Creedence Clearwater Revival in the Song A’ Th’ Week, "Green River".


Time Out

Ed. (hey, that's me!) is on a major crusade to reduce his work load and stress level, so we're cutting back a bit on The Legend-News. No, we're not suspending publication, we're just going to reduce its periodicity (yes, that is a word).

Next week's edition of 18 December will be the last issue of this year; the first issue of the new year will be on 1 January 2001. After that, The Legend-News will be published on the first and third Mondays of every month. Yeah, we'll be doing this at half of our old frequency, but we need the break: TechRen Enterprises (a major multiplanetary corporation, as far as you know) is working on a few projects for which we're actually going to get paid.

And here's a hint of future plans: if you're not already a subscriber to our mailing list, Other Wild Places, you might want to join before 1 January. On that day, we'll be announcing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to the list, and only OWP members will have a chance to participate. (No, it's not Convoy 2001.)

UPDATE, 17 September 2003. The instructions in the next paragraph are incorrect. The forum discussion list, Other Wild Places, is now an online forum.

To join the Other Wild Places list, send a message (any message) to [address not valid].


News

Wolf Creek Pass has been kept closed at night for a few weeks, while the tunnel project was in progress, but it's open again.

And, of course, a lot of snow is expected in the San Juan Mountains.


C.W. Sighting

From Doug Pierce:

Several weeks ago, around Bill Fries' birthday, on Solid Gold Saturday Night, a nationwide country music radio show, someone called and requested a little known song called "Classified."

The host, JD Spangler, responded that he knew it is one of the favorites of the C.W. faithful. Then, he actually began reciting it! Accurately, except for "hide-a-bed and $45" instead of $35. He then played it, and wished Bill a happy birthday.


Song A’ Th’ Week

Log flume rides are just pale imitations of the real thing.

Green River
(C.W. McCall, Bill Fries, Chip Davis)
From the album Black Bear Road

[Spoken]
Way out in the canyons of the West, there's a wild river. The Spanish named it San Buenaventura; but we knew it as the Green.

It was daylight on the river but we couldn't see the sun
And we couldn't hear our voices through the roar
But we felt the boilin' current and our blood was runnin' cold
As we headed down the canyon of Lodore
And the gods were runnin' with us
On the day we ran the rapids of the Green

[Chorus]
And we died a thousand times in that forty miles of hell
The longest day of life we'd ever seen
But we lived to tell the story and we know the story well
The day we ran the rapids of the Green

We were thirty-two in number when we gathered on the shore
And we headed off into the great unknown
But we summoned up our courage an' we formed a mighty team
And we ran that ragin' river all alone
Yeah, the gods were runnin' with us
On the day we ran the rapids of the Green

[Echoing shouts.]

And we hear a thousand echoes on the mighty canyon walls
As we shouted from the waters far below
And we saw the ancient warnings and we heard the ghostly cries
Of the men who ran the river long ago
And we prayed that they were with us
On the day we ran the rapids of the Green

[Echoing shouts.]

Now the memories are swirlin' in the eddies of our minds
But the waters of the Green are flowin' clear
And the canyon of Lodore will be a long remembered tale
To be told around the campfires through the years
Yeah, the gods were runnin' with us
On the day we ran the rapids of the Green

[Chorus]
And we died a thousand times in that forty miles of hell
The longest day of life we'd ever seen
But we lived to tell the story and we know the story well
The day we ran the rapids of the Green

[Echoing shouts. Fade out.]


"Green River" can be found on the album The Best of C.W. McCall.


The Legend-News is Copyright 2000 TechRen Enterprises. Knock, knock. Who's there? President-elect. President-elect who? I don't know; do you? Thanks to Bill Fries and Chip Davis for the words and music.