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Tony Snow: A Tribute -- by Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull
j-tull.com ^ | 07.09.08

Posted on 07/19/2008 5:45:14 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch

Some people ask me, usually vehement liberal Americans, how I could count amongst my few real friends, an arch-Republican spokesman for the Bush administration.

Well, Tony and I disagreed on most things political and came to robust verbal blows on the subject of climate change but that’s the charm of friendship. Life would indeed be a bore if all of your buddies agreed with everything you said and tap-danced to the same tired riff.

I like to think that Tony was a professional journalist and political commentator first and White House spokesman second. He could, I rather think, have filled the post of Press Secretary for an Obama or McCain administration with equal aplomb, dignity and bonhommie.

“An old-fashioned gentleman” is how my wife described him. Once, after Shona’s harassment by long-distance phone to his office in the White House, I asked Tony, “Did you ever get to meet Margaret Thatcher? “No, he replied. “Well, you just did,” I offered, to his great amusement.

With a family history of associated genetic risk, the long battle with colon cancer finally proved too much for even the ever-optimistic, ambitious T. Snow. His last email to me, less than three months before his death spoke of a planned family summer vacation in Italy, book deal, lecture tours and meeting up in August at our concert where I really wanted to get Tony up on stage at Wolftrap to have a flutey moment together, if only for one last time. Sadly, that will not now happen. But the memories of a good American, loyal to citizen and nation, will remain a treasure.

Tony badgered me for a couple of years to get a colonoscopy after my brother’s death from liver failure following his own colon cancer. I finally did just that and, although I never discussed the results with Tony, I am glad that I took his stern advice, not to put too fine a point on it. Good, solid advice to all middle-aged gents, especially where such cancer has been the unfortunately bountiful fruit of the family tree. Think on it, brothers. I shall renew my acquaintance with the one-eyed camera-snake later this year to check out that wondrous organ once again and will be thinking of the Snowman as I drift off into the land of nod, invitational buttocks gently parted. And, on waking, I will be all the better prepared for the outcome, whether good or not-so-good, having known and learned a little of life from Robert Anthony Snow. June 1, 1955 – July 12, 2008


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KEYWORDS: iananderson; jethrotull; tonysnow; toooldtorockandroll; tooyoungtodie; tribute
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1 posted on 07/19/2008 5:45:14 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch
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To: InvisibleChurch

Rest in Peace Tony — great American patriots will never be forgotten.


2 posted on 07/19/2008 5:48:15 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: InvisibleChurch

I have been a big fan of Ian Anderson for years on artistic levels, now I am an even bigger fan, but this does not surprise me.


3 posted on 07/19/2008 5:50:13 PM PDT by gorush (Happiness occurs between the ears, in the meantime, exterminate the Moops!)
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To: saveliberty; Bahbah

A very nice tribute to Tony from Ian Anderson.


4 posted on 07/19/2008 5:50:34 PM PDT by retrokitten (Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.)
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To: InvisibleChurch
Wow...I was never much of a Tull fan but I think I like em a little more now.

Nice tribute from Ian. RIP, Tony and may GOD bless

5 posted on 07/19/2008 5:51:24 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Election '08, the year McCain defined the word "dilemma")
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To: InvisibleChurch

BTTT


6 posted on 07/19/2008 5:52:31 PM PDT by higgmeister (In the Shadow of the Big Chicken!)
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To: retrokitten

It’s clear to me, atleast, that anyone who disliked Tony either never met him or has no soul.


7 posted on 07/19/2008 5:54:28 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Las Vegas Ron

“Benefit” and “Stand Up” , if you get a chance, search those albums out.


8 posted on 07/19/2008 5:55:33 PM PDT by gorush (Happiness occurs between the ears, in the meantime, exterminate the Moops!)
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To: retrokitten

How very nice. A lovely tribute. So Mr. Tull recognizes goodness when he comes across it. Says a lot for him.


9 posted on 07/19/2008 5:56:36 PM PDT by Bahbah (Typical white person-Snow white)
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To: gorush
Tony Snow and Ian Anderson Flute Duet
10 posted on 07/19/2008 5:57:02 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (H2OLY: The chemical formula for holy water.)
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To: InvisibleChurch
Definition of mixed feelings is watching your mother-in-law drive off a cliff in your brand new Caddie!

Rock and roll on a flute? Standing on one leg? Duuuuuude!

11 posted on 07/19/2008 5:57:25 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Are you ready to pray for Teddy?)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Special guy. Miss him.


12 posted on 07/19/2008 5:58:11 PM PDT by steelyourfaith
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To: Bahbah

LOL on me. I mean Mr. Anderson.


13 posted on 07/19/2008 5:58:41 PM PDT by Bahbah (Typical white person-Snow white)
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To: InvisibleChurch

A colonoscopy saved my life. Cancerous lesion removed in early 2006. I’m clear so far.

Obviously I agree with Tony’s advice.


14 posted on 07/19/2008 5:59:40 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Without the second, the rest are just politicians' BS.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Most liberals are uncapable of grasping the idea that you can be friends real friends with people that you disagree with politically.


15 posted on 07/19/2008 6:00:56 PM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule (I knew there was a reason I supported Phil Gramm in 1996!!!!)
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To: Revolting cat!
Duuuuuude!

YO

16 posted on 07/19/2008 6:01:35 PM PDT by ThreePuttinDude () ......Pelosi + Reed = $ 4.00 per gallon......()
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To: fkabuckeyesrule

While looking for the Tony & Ian video, I came across a keith olberman video spazzing out on Tony Snow. It’s such a sickening display of crapola. The left have no shame or heart.


17 posted on 07/19/2008 6:02:33 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (H2OLY: The chemical formula for holy water.)
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To: InvisibleChurch; Lil'freeper

Greatness is infective. God Bless Tony Snow.


18 posted on 07/19/2008 6:03:05 PM PDT by big'ol_freeper ("Preach the Gospel always, and when necessary use words". ~ St. Francis of Assisi)
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To: InvisibleChurch

I never heard of this side of Tony. Thank you thank you for the link.

A wonderful tribute by Ian to a wonderful human being.


19 posted on 07/19/2008 6:04:06 PM PDT by digger48
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To: Las Vegas Ron

Tull kind of lost me after “Thick as a Brick,” but after reading this you can count me as a huge fan!


20 posted on 07/19/2008 6:05:18 PM PDT by compound w
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To: Tijeras_Slim

I totally agree. Thinking of Tony, I was reminded of this quote from Mother Teresa, “In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.”

While looking that up to make sure it was accurate, I found this one that fits him, too. “Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.” It seems he touched everyone he met.


21 posted on 07/19/2008 6:06:26 PM PDT by retrokitten (Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Wonderful tribute.


22 posted on 07/19/2008 6:06:38 PM PDT by tips up
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To: Bahbah

LOL!! I wasn’t going to point it out, but that was really cute.


23 posted on 07/19/2008 6:07:37 PM PDT by retrokitten (Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.)
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To: InvisibleChurch
Life would indeed be a bore if all of your buddies agreed with everything you said and tap-danced to the same tired riff.

This bears repeating!

24 posted on 07/19/2008 6:07:39 PM PDT by compound w
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To: InvisibleChurch; Tijeras_Slim

Proving Tijeras_Slim’s point about no soul!


25 posted on 07/19/2008 6:09:11 PM PDT by retrokitten (Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.)
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To: InvisibleChurch
sweet. Tryin’ to get him on stage in August possibly one last time made me so sad again when I read it. We had so little time with him. I can't even imagine what a great loss it is for those that knew him personally. He was so positive and now he is in heaven, but still it is so hard to let go of people that set such a great example spiritually and that are just down right irreplaceable. Miss you Tony!
26 posted on 07/19/2008 6:09:22 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: InvisibleChurch

Excellent!


27 posted on 07/19/2008 6:09:46 PM PDT by DB
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To: InvisibleChurch

For some reason this is the only eulogy for Tony that made me cry.


28 posted on 07/19/2008 6:11:26 PM PDT by widowithfoursons
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To: InvisibleChurch

Oh, that video got me in tears.
What a sweet, talented, good man.


29 posted on 07/19/2008 6:16:22 PM PDT by MaryFromMichigan
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To: InvisibleChurch

Great tribute to Tony Snow from Ian Anderson.

The 2nd greatest concert I ever saw was a dynamite twofer Edgar Winter opening for Jethro Tull (I was a big Tull fan back in the day) at the State Fairgrounds in Detroit sometime in the early ‘70’s.

The greatest concert I ever saw was Garth Brooks at the Palace in Auburn Hills Michigan.

R.I.P. Tony


30 posted on 07/19/2008 6:17:41 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: InvisibleChurch

The Snowman was dignified in Life and now in Death. He lived his life as an example of Christ’s love.

Pray for W and Tony Snow’s Family


31 posted on 07/19/2008 6:17:56 PM PDT by bray (Drill Congress!!)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Didn’t know Tony Snow played the flute. I’m a flute player, and I liked watching the video of him playing.


32 posted on 07/19/2008 6:18:09 PM PDT by luckystarmom
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To: Las Vegas Ron

It’s kind of funny that a guy at work has an Ipod loaded with all of his favorite stuff, and it includes Tull.

I had told him the old joke about the missionaries on an island sitting around a fire with the chief. A tribesman comes up to the chief, and whispers something in his ear, to which the chief screams out “ NO STOP DRUMS, NO STOP DRUMS”. This happens a few times before the man can’t help but ask the chief why he keeps screaming “ NO STOP DRUMS, NO STOP DRUMS”. The Chief replies “When drums stop,.... Bass Solo”.

We’ve gotten to the point with the IPOD, where as soon as a tull song come on, we look at each other and go “Flute Solo”.

I’m personally not a big fan of their music, but I like it a bit more after reading this.


33 posted on 07/19/2008 6:19:10 PM PDT by xmission (Democrats have killed our Soldiers by rewarding the enemy for brutality)
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To: InvisibleChurch

bump


34 posted on 07/19/2008 6:19:58 PM PDT by Mediocrates
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To: Steely Tom

I found my colon cancer in 2003 and it had already gone to Stage 4 when it metastasized in my liver. My doctor was hoping that I would last the expected 2 yrs and 3 mos. which was the expectancy. Well no one told me what the expectations were so I’m still here and doing well. I took on a new job at age 64 and as far s I can tell, I’ll be around for some time longer.

As long as the Cancer doesn’t spread. . . although, there are four spots on my lung that just showed up. Hmmm, I guess it’s time for a follow up CT.


35 posted on 07/19/2008 6:21:24 PM PDT by noname07718 (The Senate is based on consensus. “Consensus is the absence of leadership” - Lady M.Thatcher)
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To: noname07718

Good luck! Enjoy life. Eat more curry. (Turmeric is supposed to be some kind of cancer fighter.)


36 posted on 07/19/2008 6:25:31 PM PDT by Pete from Shawnee Mission
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To: InvisibleChurch

God Bless Tony you will be deeply missed.


37 posted on 07/19/2008 6:26:06 PM PDT by proudCArepublican
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To: noname07718

Good luck!


38 posted on 07/19/2008 6:26:55 PM PDT by bvw
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To: noname07718

Hug and prayers!


39 posted on 07/19/2008 6:28:20 PM PDT by MaryFromMichigan
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To: Steely Tom
“A colonoscopy saved my life.”

I'm glad to hear that...I've had two colonoscopies, one at age 45 and another recently as I turned 50. Same GI doctor both times. This last time he came in with a big smile on his face to tell me that I had (and I quote), “the colon of a twenty-year old.” I replied that in that case I'll see him again when I hit 80 so that he can tell me I have the colon of a 50-year old.

BTW...I've always liked Jethro Tull's music...but never Ian's politics. It's heartening to see that Tony Snow was such of such a caliber and quality that he could bridge across the divide of his politics to be friends with Ian Anderson —and it says a lot about Ian Anderson that he should write such an excellent tribute to his friend.

40 posted on 07/19/2008 6:33:04 PM PDT by Towed_Jumper (Stephen Hopkins: Founding Father who had Cerebral Palsy.."My hand trembles, my heart does not.")
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To: InvisibleChurch

Tonight on O’Reilly’s program he had a tribute to Tony.

Some wonderfully moving clips of Tony playing the flute.

We have lost a dear dear friend when we lost Tony and the world is so much poorer for his loss.

RIP, Mr. Snow.


41 posted on 07/19/2008 6:34:32 PM PDT by Carley
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To: null and void

The next time you try to make me listen to Jethro Tull on the phone, from 2400 miles away, I’ll listen, just because of his good taste in friends.
At least, this friend.


42 posted on 07/19/2008 6:35:51 PM PDT by DeLaine
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To: InvisibleChurch

I’ll admit that my opinion of Ian Anderson was negative. Until now.

Classy tribute. Unlike many liberals, Mr. Anderson knows that everything in life isn’t about politics.


43 posted on 07/19/2008 6:36:37 PM PDT by Ticonderoga34
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To: InvisibleChurch

classy...


44 posted on 07/19/2008 6:37:37 PM PDT by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: compound w
Lets go living in the past...
45 posted on 07/19/2008 6:42:38 PM PDT by bill1952 (Obama-the only one who can make me vote McCain McCain-the only one who can make me stay at home)
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To: fkabuckeyesrule

Most liberals have been taught that anyone who disagrees with them is a hateful person to be scorned.

I believe Mr. Anderson’s liberalism does not run as deep as he would like to think.


46 posted on 07/19/2008 6:47:28 PM PDT by FormerLib (Sacrificing our land and our blood cannot buy protection from jihad.-Bishop Artemije of Kosovo)
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To: La Enchiladita; retrokitten; Schwarzeneger; Poetgal26; Exit148; PROCON; baa39; cleveland gop; ...
Snowflake ping.

A very nice tribute to Tony from Ian Anderson.

47 posted on 07/19/2008 6:50:14 PM PDT by saveliberty (Prayer blizzard for the Snow family. Tony was a blessing unto us all. We will miss him.)
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To: Bahbah

Bupm for later.


48 posted on 07/19/2008 6:54:16 PM PDT by Springman
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To: 1riot1ranger; Action-America; Aggie Mama; Alkhin; Allegra; American72; antivenom; Antoninus II; ...

Rock and Roll PING


49 posted on 07/19/2008 6:54:40 PM PDT by weegee (Obama loves America like Bill loves Hillary.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

I sat in the audience a couple of years ago at a Ian Anderson concert in Washington, DC, emceed by Tony.

Tony played several pieces with Ian...including a couple of great flute duets.


50 posted on 07/19/2008 6:58:53 PM PDT by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon))
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