Monday, July 11, 2011

Woody Guthrie

As through this world I've wandered
I've seen lots of funny men
Some will rob you with a six-gun,
And some with a fountain pen

From his 1944 song, "Pretty Boy Floyd."  Guthrie was born 99 years ago tomorrow in Okemah, Oklahoma.  He inherited Huntington's disease (which destroys muscle coordination and leads to cognitive decline and dementia -- typically becoming noticeable around age 40) from his mother.  He died in 1967, having spent the last 11 years of his life in various psychiatric hospitals.

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