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Pete Seeger

Commentary: In the rain, Norwegians sing American-inspired song that a killer hates

It must have been a good 11 years ago that I met Pete Seeger, poet par excellence, troubadour, folk singer and messenger of the ages. It was at the Carroll County Farm Museum's folk music festival called Common Ground on the Hill and he was the headliner.

There's no reason for him to remember me. I was the one teaching some small children how to roll down a hill, and getting others so enthusiastic that they put aside their "keep-'em-busy" toys and asked their parents if they, too, could roll with us.

But there were hundreds, if not a couple thousand folks listening to Seeger's music and buying crafts and cozying up for the evening as the sun met the horizon and the...