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  • Writer's pictureGabriel San Roman

The Story Behind Malvina Reynolds' Rare Song About an OC School Teacher

Updated: Aug 28, 2020

As I wrote last week, legendary folk singer Malvina Reynoldswrote over 400 songs in her day. Buried deep in the musician's "songs not in use" files is a rare tune about Ruth Bishop, a Los Alamitos Elementary kindergarten teacher she befriended while living in Long Beach. With Reynolds' signature wit, "Ruth Bishop's Broom" recounts the little-known story about how the teacher shooed a Long Beach policeman away from her home in 1959 after having been served with a subpoena to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC).

Read more on my latest OC Weekly Navel Gazing Blog post:

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