On Durham and identity
bluemold at nc.rr.com
Tue Apr 17 07:22:01 EDT 2007
On Apr 16, 2:19 pm, ifo... at yahoo.com (Chris Calloway) wrote:
> --- Ken <bluem... at nc.rr.com> wrote:
> > Drummer Joe Jaworski was the grandson of
> > Watergate special
> > prosecuter, Leon Jaworski. Joe is an attorney
> > himself now, was the
> > mayor pro tem of Galveston Texas for a while, and is
> > now running for
> > the state legislature.
> I'm so glad to hear something about Joe. He was
> especially nice to me when he didn't have to be.
> > PS: Mike Woodard is a former music scene maker and
> > buddy of Robbie
> > Schultz. He is now a Durham town councilman.
> Mike founded XDU. He worked at XDU for a long time and
> most other people working there never realized what
> he'd done to make the station happen because he was
> running a syndicated "new age" music show on Sunday
> evenings and wasn't really part of the station's
> musical zeitgeist. He wasn't really into "indie" music
> but made it possible for the people who were to have
> the freedom to take XDU in the direction in which it
> went, kind of democratic enabler. He's just one of
> those upstanding citizens always working behind the
> scenes without whom things would be less. For years,
> every time I would do any charity work in Durham, no
> matter what it was, Mike would already be there,
> toiling in the vineyards. After awhile I started
> calling him "Mr. Durham" because it seemed like all
> good things locally either flowed from or through him.
> I was very happy when he became a precinct chair a
> couple of years ago, started coming to county party
> meetings, and then ran a very good campaign for city
> council. At sometimes contentious meetings, he would
> always be the voice of reason. When he won his
> election, I thought it was a victory for Durham. One
> less politician to worry about. Anyway, without him
> I'm not saying what's going on now musically in Durham
> wouldn't be happening. But it would be a lot less
> likely. There are stepping stones to go over in a path
> and necessary conditions for fostering environments.
> Mike laid the biggest stone at the beginning of that
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Thanks, Chris, I had forgotten much of Mike's story, and his presence
at WXDU. I haven't seen him in years.
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