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Charles Jensvold, Detroit Lakes, Minn., Published December 11 2012

Letter: Thanks to two of our jazz greats

In the early 1960s, two legends of the jazz world, Louis Armstrong and David Brubeck, came together with Brubeck’s wife, Iola, to produce a musical called “The Real Ambassadors.” I was only a teenager at the time, living on my farm near Lidgerwood, N.D., when I purchased this record. Upon reflection, I now realize that listening to the words and music of this record greatly influenced my decision to later join the Peace Corps.

I went to Botswana when I was 35. I would eventually live there for 22 years, gaining the freedom to love and to be loved with my wife of 27 years, Gothe, and daughter, Tshedi. Brubeck and Armstrong lived their entire lives showing that love can challenge all boundaries. Thank you, Louis Armstrong.

Robabla Ka Kagiso, David Brubeck, (Setswana for “sleep in peace”).