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11/27/10 12:57 PM #1    

Carroll Rasch

CRAIG LYNN PAGE

Born: September 17, 1943

Died:  May 24, 1994

Harris, Texas at the age of 50.


11/29/10 06:33 PM #2    

Eugene Shaparenko

 sad to see  so  much musical and theatrical talent gone so early in life - perhaps not a more dedicated musician and band member that I recall in many years at MHS.  


12/10/10 03:19 PM #3    

Carroll Rasch

I knew Craig since First Grade. His home was kiddy corner from Sunnyside: the house on the Northeast corner of its block.  He had a modest smile, as you can see from his face at the right edge of the Sunnyside First Grade photograph.  His smile was the same all the way through school. The last time I saw him at graduation in 1961, his smile was the same: pleasant, amused, enjoying an internally an observation he was making.  He was elegant, smart, cool and brilliant at the piano and at language. He was so accomplished at Russian that it became his career.  Tim Loy told me that Craig had entered the military and become an electronic spy... eavesdropping on the Soviet Union's military and space program from far up in the Northeast corner of some desolate mountain in Afghanistan or Turkey.  He reached the rank of Captain for sure and was so good at his job that, like the Aces of WWII, he was brought home to Texas to train others to become as good as he was.  Tim said that Craig did not enjoy those last years and ached to leave the military and retire.  I would have nominated Craig the guy least expected to have a career in the military.  I am sure there was good music up in those god-forsaken electronic listening posts he officered.  I am betting that a piano was helicoptered in for him to play as he listened to the latest chatter around a Soviet rocket launch.  I see him as an elegant, gentlemanly officer in a film. 

Craig is deep in my head to this day. thanks to a little minuet he played in 6th grade in the Sunnyside Orchestra (in which I played 3ird chair clarinet... below Bev Herda and Gladys Smith).  It was not Mozart but in that style.  I have found myself whistling that tune or humming it whenever I am alone, walking or jogging or trying to stay awake on the Great American Highway. 

If you have more detailed information about Craig's service or life, please add it.  Craig was very unique and should never be forgotten.  Tell your kids about him.


03/01/11 07:44 PM #4    

Margaret Luchsinger (Salsbury)

I was in awe of Craig's gifted piano playing.  He would sometimes sit slightly to one side while he was playing, occasionally,  glancing around the room, as though his fingers had known all along the secret, augmented and soft alluring chords hidden in the keys.  He could play in any key, I suppose.  I imagine he had his favorites, as do most of us who play.  He needed no music.    Margaret


03/01/11 07:44 PM #5    

Margaret Luchsinger (Salsbury)

I was in awe of Craig's gifted piano playing.  He would sometimes sit slightly to one side while he was playing, occasionally,  glancing around the room, as though his fingers had known all along the secret, augmented and soft alluring chords hidden in the keys.  He could play in any key, I suppose.  I imagine he had his favorites, as do most of us who play.  He needed no music.    Margaret


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