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Wed Oct 30, 2019, 07:31 PM

The Cremation of Sam McGee

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blaze Oct 30 OP
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AirmensMom Oct 30 #2
Mme. Defarge Oct 30 #3
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Adsos Letter Oct 31 #5

Response to blaze (Original post)

Wed Oct 30, 2019, 07:41 PM

1. First heard this in Dawson City this year.

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Wed Oct 30, 2019, 07:46 PM

2. Ok, this is funny...

I never heard of this until I was taking a Pascal programming course in college and we had to type in this poem to learn the editor. That weekend, I was playing Trivial Pursuit with some friends and my Literature question (for pie) was, “Who was cremated on the marge of lake Lebarge?” I almost fell out of my chair! That poem won me the game and only a few days prior, I wouldn’t have been able to answer it. I’ve played several times over the years and have never come across that question again.

That was in 1985 or so and I haven’t come across that poem again until I saw this thread.

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Wed Oct 30, 2019, 07:49 PM

3. Had to memorize it in 8th grade!

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Wed Oct 30, 2019, 10:19 PM

4. "a promise made is a debt unpaid" - that's why I almost never make promises

This has always been my favorite Robert Service poem. Thanks for posting this version, blaze.

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Thu Oct 31, 2019, 12:34 AM

5. My grandfather used to quote it from memory every Thanksgiving.

His dad (my GGrandfather) joined the rush to the Yukon in 1898. I have a letter in which he describes going over Chilkoot Pass.

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