David B. Richardson was born on 10 January 1926 in Seattle, Washington. Much of his childhood was spent on San Juan Island, where his grandfather Ivan Blair, a lawyer in Friday Harbor, had a small farm. After graduating from high school in Seattle, Dave worked as a radio disk jockey, while he studied Russian and other languages at the University of Washington (UW). He fought as infantry soldier during the last months of World War II, after which he remained in Germany to work for a year as host-engineer at the headquarters of the US Military Radio Network in Frankfurt. In 1947, Dave married Myra Jo Durham of Seattle. He graduated from the UW in 1949, and then spent several years in Washington and Germany, where Dave performed linguist… Go to person page >
Author: Will L. Thompson
Will Lamartine Thompson (1847-1909)
Born: November 7, 1847, East Liverpool, Ohio.
Died: September 20, 1909, New York, New York.
Buried: Riverview Cemetery, East Liverpool, Ohio.
Rebuffed in an early attempt to sell his songs to a commercial publisher, Thompson started his own publishing company. He later expanded, opening a store to sell pianos, organs and sheet music. Both a lyricist and composer, he ensured he would always remember words or melodies that came to him at odd times:
"No matter where I am, at home or hotel, at the store or traveling, if an idea or theme comes to me that I deem worthy of a song, I jot it down in verse. In this… Go to person page >