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Death of Dan Wilson, London
By John Phillips

I am very sad to hear that Dan Wilson has died.  His store of knowledge
and his musical talents will very much be missed.  I first wrote to him
in about 1970, when I was very new to the pianola obsession, and he was
most helpful.  His letters, and later emails, were always long, rambling
and very entertaining.  In about 1980 he made a visit to Australia and
came and stayed with us here in Hobart for a few days.  My pianola has
never had such an exhaustive workout!

In about 1991 my wife, Beryl, and I visited Dan.  I was a bit surprised
when he arranged to meet us for lunch in the local pub, but the reason
became clear when we went over to his house.  It was jam-packed with
music rolls and player pianos and there was no way that he could have
handled more than a cup of tea for visitors.

Goodbye, Dan, I'm glad to have known you.

John Phillips in Hobart, Tasmania

(Message sent Thu 5 Jan 2006, 23:28:58 GMT, from time zone GMT+1100.)

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