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February 5, 2014

The folksinger and the folklorist

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PLATTSBURGH —

Porter, petite and weighing approximately 100 pounds, hauled a clunky Sound Scriber to do her field recordings.

“Pete Seeger presented her with the Wollensak, reel-to-reel tape recorder,” Rosemeyer said. “He presented her with that at the concert for her to continue her work recording.”

Seeger also performed a Lake Placid concert on July 5, 1971.

“It was just a regular concert,” said Knight, who performed professionally with Seeger half a dozen times. “It was held at the Lake Placid High School. The American Legion tried to get it canceled, and the school board held firm. I wrote a letter to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise about freedom of speech.”

Email Robin Caudell: rcaudell@pressrepublican.com

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