remembering the fitz
Thirty-four years ago yesterday The SS Edmund Fitzgerald sank just outside of Whitefish Bay in Lake Superior. I was in the 4th Grade at the time, and nearly every kid in class brought in a newspaper article about the tragedy for their currents events homework. I can clearly remember in years previous that ship passing through the narrow channels in front of my grandfather's hotel. He would hand me the binoculars, and the air horn, and I would run out on the front lawn, stare at its massive red hull and salute it with one long followed by two short blasts of the horn. It would return my salute with earth shaking blasts of its own.
The loss of the ship, and every one of its twenty-nine crew members was a very sad day for us here in the Great Lakes region.
Gordon Lightfoot's song commemorating the tragedy became a huge hit shortly after, and remains to this day a local anthem to the brave men that sail these trecherous lakes.
I'll post a link to the song in a blog.