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ACT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2007-2008

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NO. R-216.  House concurrent resolution in memory of Gary Rosen.

(H.C.R.148)

Offered by:  Representatives Mrowicki of Putney, Deen of Westminster, Edwards of Brattleboro, Hube of Londonderry, Manwaring of Wilmington, Milkey of Brattleboro, Moran of Wardsboro, Nease of Johnson, Obuchowski of Rockingham, O'Donnell of Vernon, Partridge of Windham and Pillsbury of Brattleboro

Offered by:  Senator White

Whereas, Gary Rosen, a native of Amherst, Massachusetts, and a graduate of Oberlin College, resided in Brattleboro for more than a quarter of a century, and

Whereas, he devoted nearly all of his professional musical career to entertaining children, both as a solo performer and as a member of Rosenshontz, a musical duet that began its existence in Greenwich Village, playing a repertoire of rock and folk music, and

Whereas, the duet’s performances at the Bronx Zoo attracted enthusiastic responses from families with young children, and Gary Rosen’s true musical career path was clear, and

Whereas, he left New York City for the welcoming community of Brattleboro where he polished his music for families while working in the public schools of Windham County, and

Whereas, Gary Rosen had a special understanding and appreciation for children, and they reciprocated with great enthusiasm to his comedic and engaging musical performances, and

Whereas, his television appearances included performances on the Disney Channel, the Showbiz program on CNN, the NBC Today Show, and, on the production side of the television camera, he composed music for public television’s Sesame Street characters, and

Whereas, among the many famous venues where Gary Rosen performed were the White House, the Smithsonian Institution, Town Hall in New York City, and the Colonial Theater in Boston, and, perhaps most interesting of all, Fenway Park, and

Whereas, Meet the Composer, a national organization dedicated to increasing “opportunities for composers by fostering the creation, performance, dissemination, and appreciation of their music,” and the Vermont Council for the Arts have each honored him, and

Whereas, Gary Rosen’s recordings were recipients of a National Parenting Publication Award, a Children’s Music Web Award, and a Parent’s Choice Award, and

Whereas, this innovative and creative human being was diagnosed with always fatal Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, but his life was able to conclude at home with his family due to the wonderful community support system that his friends developed for him, and

Whereas, his wife Mary, children, Lela, Penn, and Eliza, and his many fans have lost a special husband, father, and friend, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its sincere condolences to the family of the outstanding family entertainer Gary Rosen, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the family of Gary Rosen in Brattleboro.



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