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Sunday, January 09, 2005

So TNT is running The Perfect Storm right now and I'm wondering...

...this movie about the Andrea Gail and the 1991 noreaster is a wonderful tribute to, not only the crew of the ship but to all those who have worked the seas to make a living for generations.

Somebody should now make a movie about the Edmund Fitzgerald.

It'll be 30 years this coming fall since it happened, arguably the most famous shipwreck of the last half-century. I've spoken with people who were college students in Michigan at the time: they remembered going to the beach of Lake Superior and crying. There's a whole different kind of kinship and community along those shores, and something about the Edmund Fitzgerald would be a beautiful way to honor that... and her crew.

The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee
The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead
When the skies of November turn gloomy...
Always believed that the story of the "Fitz" and her legendary colorful crewmembers needed to be done as a movie. I'd give just about anything to be a part of that, if it were to be done.

(Besides, doncha think that Gordon Lightfoot deserves to record a major motion picture soundtrack after all these years? :-)

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