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Arthur Fiedler throws parsley; Mark Peel is surprised

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Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Fiedler of the Boston Pops Orchestra and Dr. Wernher von Braun in his office during the Fiedlers' visit to the Marshall Space Flight Center on March 23, 1962.

Mark Peel, restaurateur and Off-Ramp contributor, talks with Off-Ramp host John Rabe about decorative and edible parsley.

Our story starts with a Rabe Family legend about Boston Pops conductor Arthur Fiedler and his distaste of parsley. I'm on his page on that one, and also his distaste of musical elitism, as described in his 1979 New York Times obit:

"He was aware that many critics and members of the classical-music public shared the other conductors' disdain for what he was doing. He called them "culture vultures" and "snobs," and returned their contempt."

Click on the link (over there) for the full story.


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