Story 2002-10-04a Boston, MA
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04.10.02 Zakim Bridge Dedication, Boston, MA, intro to ´´Thunder Road´´
´´(Josh Zakim, the son of Lenny Zakim: ´We´re proud to present our dad´s music hero, Bruce Springsteen)….Oh….thank you, uh, Shari, Deena and Josh, thank you….oh…(?)….Joyce, thank you for your kind words, uh, this was a much bigger bridge than I was expecting, I wasn´t expecting a bridge this big, I would´ve brought the whole E Street Band or something but, uh, uh, I met Lenny, Jon Landau, manager who´s from this neck of the woods, came up to me one night, said ´There´s a guy coming tonight…this is a guy that´s out there on the frontlines doing what you sing about and he´s Lenny Zakim´ and he came back after the show and we were talking a little bit and he pulled something out, said ´Take, take a look at this´ and it was a picture of himself meeting the Pope and he said ´But look, look, look´ and I look a little closer and I realize he has a hat on that says ´Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band´ (chuckles) and, uh, I say ´That´s pretty cool,´ you know (chuckles) so my hat has been in the presence of the Pope and, uh, thanks to Lenny but uh….you know, he was, uh, I met him, you know, I knew him a little bit during the last year of his life, he was one of those people whose….intensity, inner spirit you could feel even when he was very ill and uh….I guess, you know, we honor his memory obviously not with this beautiful bridge, very lovely, but by continuing on in his fight for social justice so….and I´m gonna do this for Lenny and Lenny´s family and….here we go….bring the harp, yeah, alright….
(….) We love you and we miss you, Lenny….´´

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