It is with profound sorrow that I announce that Sam McKay passed on.

It is with profound sorrow that I announce that Sam McKay passed on.

Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

January 31st, 2010, 8:49 pm #1


Sam McKay was a faithful Bixophile. He was at every Tribute to Bix and  Bix Festival that I attended in the last dozen years.

You can read Sam's obituary in

http://selandsfuneralhome.com/index.php ... mckay.html

Sam was a quiet and generous individual. He helped the Bix Society when it was in need of help. Jazzman Joe tells me that Sam had a role in securing the Beta Theta Fraternity paddle for the Society. I do not know in what capacity. My account about the donation of the paddle to the society

http://bixography.com/inforrelated.htm#bixbetathetapi

does not mention Sam. I need to find out. If anyone knows (Jim, Gerri), please let me know.

Albert

 

 

 

 

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Gerri Bowers
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January 31st, 2010, 11:11 pm #2

I'm so sorry I have no information other than a photo that Rich took and Rich's notes, saying Robert G. Anderson presented it to the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Society. In Rich's book Bix: The Davenport Album on pages 498 & 499 is a small history of the paddle. Maybe Ray could be of some help.
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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

February 1st, 2010, 12:13 am #3


Jazzman Joe may know something. He mentioned that Sam helped with the paddle. I 'll try to get in touch with Joe. Could you send  his email address and phone number offline to [url=mailto:ahaim@bixography.com]ahaim@bixography.com[/url]? Thanks. I lost my list of mail addresses sometime ago.

Albert
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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

February 2nd, 2010, 2:12 pm #4

Sam McKay was a faithful Bixophile. He was at every Tribute to Bix and  Bix Festival that I attended in the last dozen years.

You can read Sam's obituary in

http://selandsfuneralhome.com/index.php ... mckay.html

Sam was a quiet and generous individual. He helped the Bix Society when it was in need of help. Jazzman Joe tells me that Sam had a role in securing the Beta Theta Fraternity paddle for the Society. I do not know in what capacity. My account about the donation of the paddle to the society

http://bixography.com/inforrelated.htm#bixbetathetapi

does not mention Sam. I need to find out. If anyone knows (Jim, Gerri), please let me know.

Albert

 

 

 

 

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Joe kindly sent the following information about the role of Sam McKay in securing the fraternity paddle.

"Sam told me that while he was attending the University of Wisconsin in Madison,WI., one of his fellow students friends who knew of Sam's love of the music of Bix Beiderbecke told him that his father had been a classmate of Bix during the time Bix attended the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. He further told Sam that his dad was a member of the same Fraternity that Bix had pledged to.He further said that his dad had taken possession of the Pledge paddle originally given to Bix when circumstances led to Bix being dismissed from the University of Iowa. Apparently Bix left in some haste and taking possession of the paddle seemed to be just the right thing to do at the time.When Sam told me about this I suggested that he try to take possession of the paddle for the express purpose of donating it to the Bix Society for there archives.We contacted our mutual friend Rich Johnson, then Director of Music for the Bix Society. He felt it was a wonderful item to add to the collection of Bix Memorabilia and to be put on display at the Putnum museum in Davenport, Iowa for everyone to see. To the best of my knowledge that is where it rests today. I have always felt that Sam should have been given proper recognition for getting this valuable item to the Bix Society. Now that he has passed away it is sad that it can only be done posthumously in his memory...."

Albert
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