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Subject: Good By Old Pal

Rod Roach
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Date Posted: 05:26:42 01/03/02 Thu

I first met Dick when he was living at Old Joe's in Cambridge,MA around 1970. I was playing in a local B-grass band, Stoney Lonesome with some of Dick's housemates.We jammed a lot together and became pretty good friends. Dick was a musician's musician even then and I was sad to see him leave for the west coast.
We lost touch after he moved on, but I was happy to reconnect with him a few years ago thanksto another Old Joe'er, Don Duncan.
I was happy to learn Dick still had my old '52 Martin D-18 and still loved it as much as I had when I regretfully sold it to him many years ago in harder times. It was battered to hell and had belonged to an old, blind country singer who, it unfortunately appeared, did not own a seeing eye dog. Dick had it fixed and insisted it was the best $300 bucks he ever spent. While I missed both my old guitar - and Dick, it gave me comfort to know the '18 was in his hands, making the good music.
Dick told me a couple years ago that he had "rediscovered" the mandolin and was having a great time with it. Sorry I never got a chance to pick with him again to hear what he was doing.
I'll surely miss Dick, but at least the memories are strong.

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