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Convoy 2KX Update

Once again, the big plan has been crushed by little details.

If you recall (and if you can’t, you can find details in past issues of The Legend-News, and on the Convoy 2KX page ), a 35th anniversary recreation (of sorts) of the coast-to-coast “Convoy” was scheduled to be run this summer. Unfortunately (my least-favorite word these days), we had to reschedule the start of the trip from June 6 to August 8, and now we’ve canceled it.

Blame the economy. Blame BP. Blame it on the bossa nova, with its magic spell. Whatever. Personal responsibilities of the Big Three (those of us who were attempting to make the journey) have made our road trip impractical. Not that we haven’t tried to resolve the troublesome issues that have impeded our plans; alas, every time that we’ve seen the light, someone has drawn the blinds. The details are not for public revelation: but if I’m ever King then those obstacles will be… uh, never mind.

So we’re not going to put the pedal to the metal this summer. Maybe next year, if the gods smile upon us. (Monotheists: please substitute “God” (or the deity of your choice) for “gods”. Atheists: chuckle at the joke.)

Consarn, dagnabbit, razzle-frazzle!

But There's Another Anniversary

Mannheim Steamroller, who you will remember from “The Official History of C.W. McCall” (when I get around to writing it), is celebrating its 35th year in music, and they have available some special bundles, including a 2-CD set of The Real McCall and American Spirit, and two different bundles of Fresh Aire CDs. See the latest “What’s in the Aire” newsletter.

Great Exaggerations

The decline of journalism continues.

Just north of my house, over the city limits from McHenry, lies the small town of McCullom Lake. I’m annoyed by the occasional newspaper article that spells its name as “McCollom Lake”, as if no one at the newspaper is fact-checking (or spell-checking) articles before they’re published. And when the culprit is the local McHenry County newspaper, the error is even more grating.

A misspelled name is a minor infraction compared to errors of fact that could easily be verified by a quick search on Google. Internet search results may not be the most reliable, but they’re a starting point. Finding a dependable source that can answer the question “is C.W. McCall alive or dead?” is easy. But not for the Denver Post, which published an article on Sunday, June 20, 2010, “Ride the Rockies cyclist in critical condition after Wolf Creek Pass”.

The article was reporting on an accident that occurred during a bicycle ride down Wolf Creek Pass. In the fourth paragraph, the reporter, Nancy Lofholm, stated:

Three other riders went down about a half hour later during the descent from the pass that the late singer C.W. McCall immortalized as “37 miles o’ hell.”

Crispy Critter Chris Guenther brought this article to my attention, early that morn. Of course, C.W. McCall is/was not dead, a fact of which I was aware. Several readers of the online Denver Post commented on the story, pointing out that not only was C.W. McCall not dead, he was living in Ouray.

That article was quickly corrected. But not quickly enough, as several other news sources picked up on the mistake. Michael Roberts, in the Media section of the Denver Westword blogs, noted the correction on June 21, while observing that “the top purveyor of bogus death notices is Twitter”. (“C.W. McCall isn’t dead, Denver Post”.

At E! Online, Joal Ryan reported on other instances of mistaken demise (“The Game Shoots Down Death Rumors With Killer Tweets” ), noting in the final paragraph that

Oh, and in case you were worried, and/or wondering what the Game has in common with a certain 1970s pop-culture figure: C.W. McCall, the singer-songwriter who scored with the CB-radio-inspired “Convoy,” isn’t dead, either.

Ryan linked to the Michael Roberts’ article in Westword.

And finally, at the Des Moines Register, Lynn Hicks & David Elbert wrote in a June 29 article, “Biz Buzz: Pricey homes for sale in metro market”,

Not dead: The Denver Post ran a correction recently saying the newspaper had mistakenly referred to the Iowa-born artist who wrote and sang the 1970s hit song “Convoy” as “the late singer C.W. McCall.”

McCall, the correction said, is alive and “living in Ouray.”

Actually, the guy living in Ouray, Colo., and who was mayor of that tiny community in southwestern Colorado for six years, is former Iowan and adman Bill Fries, 82, who adopted the C.W. McCall persona as part of an advertising campaign for Old Home Bread in 1973.

(There is no direct link for this article, although you can search the Register’s archives and read it for free, at least for the next week.)

Where the Marmots Abound

According to “Fat Marmot Population Explodes” by Jess McNally, Wired Science, July 21, 2010, “In a remote valley in the mountains of Colorado, the marmot population has tripled over the past decade, but this may not ultimately be good news for the fat, furry, squirrel-like creatures.” There was no mention of Al Packer.

Great Western Rocky Mountain Brass Band Festival

This year’s Brass Band Festival, to be held in Silverton, Colorado, from August 20 to 22, will once again be featuring local crooner C.W. McCall of nearby Ouray. He is expected to perform two of his hit songs, “Classified” and “The Silverton”.

Mona Kreitner, the soprano singer who usually performs with the Brass Band, is unable to appear this year due to an accident. Paul Maybery, the Band’s conductor, has wisely asked C.W. to fill Ms. Kreitner’s position at this year’s Festival.

For Festival details, call 970-387-5654.

Tom Claffey

Tom Claffey’s last three novels Searching for C.W. McCall, 8-Ball, Corner Pocket, and Hoot ‘N’ Holler, are now available at in Kindle e-book editions.

And Finally…

Critter Ed Myers took a trip to Sioux City, Iowa, and stopped for a photo in C.W. Land.

Ed Myers near Sloan

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