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Mary Travers died today.

That’s “Mary” as in “Peter, Paul and Mary”.

Let me tell you a story:

A long time ago when the world was on the verge of Vietnam, and I was just a high school kid, I went to hear PP&M sing at the Lambertville Music Circus, a theatre in the round in central New Jersey. That night Mary sang a song that was new for the group, Leaving on a Jet Plane by a then-unknown song writer named John Denver. By and by that song became well-known, and John Denver became a household name. And by and by it came to pass that 20+ years later I was backstage at a Peter, Paul & Mary concert in Philadelphia the night John D. plunged his homebuilt aircraft into Monterey Bay. I stood there listening, once more, as Mary sang “I’m leaving on a jet plane, don’t know when I’ll be back again…” My heart soared.

Mary’s gone. We all knew she’d had cancer for a while, but still… I’m surprised that I would feel it so deeply, but there it is, I do, and I felt obligated to share this discovery with you.

The photo is in tribute – dazzling clouds passing overhead at dizzying speed, singing in the guy wires of this aging ski jump – seen from below – and I feel the spirits of young people throwing themselves down that jump to fly with purpose through that sky – with unwavering enthusiasm and boundless belief in the limitless possibility of life…


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