WILLIAM McKEEN, Professor and Chair
University of Florida Department of Journalism
P.O. Box 118400, Gainesville, Fla. 32611

Dear friends,

After hearing a rumor about Odetta’s health, I phoned her manager this
evening and he confirmed for me that Ms. Odetta is receiving treatment
in a New York hospital, where she will be for at least another week.

It’s Odetta’s goal to recover and be in good health so she can perform
as planned at Obama’s inauguration, Doug told me.

Odetta would appreciate cards and letters–please drop her a note if you
have the time. Please also forward this information to anyone you know
who appreciates Odetta. One note or card is a small joy… perhaps a
steady stream of them is something stronger. It sure would be amazing
for Odetta to perform at the inauguration, and a shame for her to have
to miss such an event.

Here’s the address:

Lenox Hill Hospital
Room 720
100 East 77th St.
New York, NY 10021

courtesy Mike Watt

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2023: I publish an email newsletter called LANDLINE = Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca.

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