Thursday, September 27, 2012

WE MAY NEVER PASS THIS WAY AGAIN

September 27 is a date that brings great joy - our oldest was born on this date in 1973.  Many memories fade, but the birth of a child is something that remains for long, long time.

September also often brings a time of pensiveness for me - as Charles Kuralt once said "There is melancholy in the wind and sorrow in the grass" - as September 1973 is also the time of the disappearance and death of my college classmate, roommate and friend, Marlin Duane Nofziger.  Marlin and I along with several other fellows lived in Howell House our senior year at Goshen College and then also shared an apartment during our first year of CPS in Denver.  After service, Marlin started medical school at the CU Health Sciences Center and I started graduate school.  In the fall of 1973, Marlin was beginning his senior year and I was also on track to finish school in 1974.  Marlin and a friend went fly-fishing near Crested Butte, Colorado, and he did not return at the end of the day.  Word quickly spread back to Denver about his disappearance, and many of us gathered quickly.  Many days were spent searching for Marlin in the mountains and along the stream, without success.  Even Rhonda, nine months pregnant, made the trip and walked the area.  It was not until several weeks later that another fisherman found Marlin's body in a deeper pooled area of water in the stream.

I was going to transcribe some of the newspaper articles about the ordeal, but the articles are in Colorado and I am in Germany - so that will have to wait for now.  However, 1973 was also the year that Seals & Crofts released the Diamond Girl album that contains one of my favorite songs - the lyrics and the video [hopefully] are below.  A simple but profound thought that speaks to me regarding 1973 as well as many of the experiences of life - we may never pass this way again.

WE MAY NEVER PASS THIS WAY (AGAIN)
James Seals & Dash Crofts
 
Life, so they say, is but a game and we let it slip away.
Love, like the Autumn sun, should be dyin' but it's only just begun.
Like the twilight in the road up ahead, they don't see just where we're goin'.
And all the secrets in the Universe, whisper in our ears
And all the years will come and go, take us up, always up.
We may never pass this way again.
We may never pass this way again.
We may never pass this way again.
 
Dreams, so they say, are for the fools and they let 'em drift away.
Peace, like the silent dove, should be flyin' but it's only just begun.
Like Columbus in the olden days, we must gather all our courage.
Sail our ships out on the open sea.
Cast away our fears and all the years will come and go, and take us up, always up.
We may never pass this way again.
We may never pass this way again.
We may never pass this way again.
 

So, I wanna laugh while the laughin' is easy.
I wanna cry if it makes it worthwhile.
We may never pass this way again, that's why I want it with you.
'Cause, you make me feel like I'm more than a friend.
  Like I'm the journey and you're the journey's end.
We may never pass this way again, that's why I want it with you, baby.
We may never pass this way again.
We may never pass this way again.
We may never pass this way again.
We may never pass this way again.
 
Marlin Duane Nofziger
Birthdate:
August 13, 1946
Birthplace:
Wauseon, Fulton County, Ohio
Death:
Died in Crested Butte, Gunnison County, Colorado, September 13, 1973





 

1 comment:

rio said...

vaja con dios amigo