Floyd and Fred

Let’s start with Floyd and a short history lesson. Floyd B. Olson lived in Minnesota in the early 1900’s. He was, among other things, a champion of the farmer and the workers of the state. In his early life he held many workingman jobs. He was a member of the Industrial Workers of the World and a Populist.

In the 1930’s Floyd B. Olson became Governor of Minnesota. During his three terms as Governor, Olson was able to implement many progressive programs such as a progressive income tax, a social security program for the elderly, a guarantee of equal pay for women and a system of minimum wage and unemployment insurance.

Since his death there have been erected many monuments to him that proclaim him to be ‘Minnesota’s Greatest Governor”.

Today, Fred Grittner lives in St. Paul. I was fortunate in meeting Fred at one of the early Trio Fantasy Camps and became instant friends. Fred has great talent as a musician and a songwriter. He’s also one of the good guys. This song is written and performed by Fred. It is from a forthcoming cd of his music.The Floyd B. Olson Blues.

The first 30 seconds are the ringtone on my Iphone.

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