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I saw a picture of you with Chris Brubeck. How is he related to Dave Brubeck? Dave, as you know, was a great jazz pianist who grew up in Ione. My sisters took piano lessons from his mother. 

His father was a rancher and I tried to buy a horse from him. I think I was about 12 years old at the time.  

I love your column.

Name Withheld by Request

Dear NWBR,

What a great story, Chris Brubeck is Dave’s son and carries on the musical legacy of his father.  

I remember when the album “Time Out” was released in 1959. It was revolutionary to my friends and I growing up on the plains of Sacramento.  

We worshipped Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry and Johnny Otis during our childhood, but after hearing Dave Brubeck is when we started to become cool and listen to jazz. My daughter Kim started playing the piano when she was 5, and by the time she was in high school Take Five was a regular part of her repertoire.

Thank you for sharing such a great story.


Hi Jackie, 

I really enjoyed reading your book. It was fun and particularly fun to experience it through you for the first time.

Our family has been in love with boating in the Delta forever. Raised our five kids there (a combined marriage.)

So, thank you for that. My wife, Ruth is reading the book now.

Lastly, I have researched the best soaps to use in the Delta and frankly, any waterway. My conclusion is Dr. Bronner’s biodegradable soap and Mrs. Meyers are the best. Both have simple ingredients and promote easier and less toxic breakdown in natural environments (definitely better than Dawn.)

All the best. See you on the water!

Rick Peterson
Senior Broker, Oceanic Yachts


Thank you for the compliment, Rick, and for the advice regarding the soap. Duly noted. Will you and your family be out there during the next month or so? You did not tell me your boat’s name and type. It would be nice to know so I can wave when we pass by each other. 

Jackie Philpott
S/V Dura Mater

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