Thursday, January 08, 2004

Any Way they Can

Back in the 1930`s Woody Guthrie, the legendary folksinger, was scheduled to play during an organizing drive in his home state of Oklahoma. A few days before union organizers passed out leaflets at the plant gate announcing the upcoming rally at the local union hall.

As Woody was about to sing, somebody at the back of the hall stands up and yells, "Hey buddy, I'll tell you what I'm going to do with this leaflet. I'm going to use it for toilet paper." Immediately a couple of the union guys went to grab him but Woody says, "that's ok, fellas, leave him be. Some people need to get this information anyway they can."

Contributed by Saul Schneiderman, ASFCME Local 2190, Library of Congress