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Paul Robeson Tomato & the Fall of the Former Soviet Union

  • Subject: [cg] Paul Robeson Tomato & the Fall of the Former Soviet Union
  • From: Adam36055@aol.com
  • Date: Fri, 7 May 2004 14:34:22 EDT


The "Paul Robeson" Tomato is Russian by the way and as soon as I find some started at the NYC's  Union Square Greenmarket, I will plant them again this year, my seed starting having been disrupted at home due to distraction...etc.

Here is the link for the "Paul Robeson" tomato, in case you are intersted in ordering the seeds. Southern Exposure - Paul Robeson Tomato

74 days. (Indeterminate) [Russian heirloom. Original seed sent to SESE by Marina Danilenko, a Moscow seedswoman. The tomato was named after Paul Robeson, operatic vocal artist who was an advocate of equal rights for Blacks. His artistry was appreciated world-wide, especially in the Soviet Union, and hence this tomato bearing his name.] 'Paul Robeson' is a 'black' tomato. Like other 'black' tomatoes the fruit is more of a dusky dark red with dark green dusky shoulders. Fruits weigh an average of 6 oz., and measure 2 in. tall and 3-1/4" wide. Borne 2 to a cluster, flavor is excellent. Pkt.

Adam Honigman
Clinton Community Garden

Subj: Re: [cg] Chicago: Heirloom Plant Sale
Date: 5/7/04 1:22:22 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: LTanenb50
To: Adam36055, community_garden@mallorn.com

The most exciting thing about the notice of Chicago's Kilbourn Pk. heirloom sale - to me - is the Paul Robeson Tomato. If he could, Paul would let loose with the most charmed, deep belly laugh ever. Imagine - a tomato, of all things,  named after this man with one of the most beautiful voices ever, who was an outspoken supporter of justice the world over. He spoke 20 languages, brought black spitiruals to concert halls.  He railed against the reatment of blacks in the US, walked picket lines with workers;  a communist, a beloved friend of children.  And that just scratches the surface of this bigger than life person who acted Othello to standing ovations in England, while refused front door entry to hotels and other venues in his own country. Called before the infamous House Unamerican Activities Committe (HUAC) in the 1937, Paul's quiet roar proclaimed, "The artist must elect to fight for Freedom or for Slavery. I have made my choice. I had no alternative."
Robeson was one of my heroes growing up. Not only was he a hero - but he was handsome beyond belief. My relatives stood guard duty in the Peekskill Mountains of New York for an outdoor concert he did when the State allowed white racists to attack those concert goers as they left for home.  1998 was the centennial year of Paul's birth. It was the year we reclaimed him from the dusty bins of anonymity of the State who hounded him to death and then tried to eradicate his name from history. Our Centennial Committee in Chicago worked with people all over the world to remember and re-popularize our fallen hero.  Finally, in January of this year, our six year campaign for a postage stamp honoring Paul was realized.
AND NOW A TOMATO!  Its too cute, too charming for words. Anyone curious will find there are numerous CDs of his singing, several books written by him and about him, including a pictorial biography by his granddaughter, Susan Robeson, a video of his life, and several films he acted in.  You can be sure that my gift this summer, to all I know who garden, will be Paul Robeson tomatoe plants. If the tomato is anything like Paul - the flavor will be robust, deep, and unbelievable!      Laurie, Chicago 
Laurie Tanenbaum
Grounds For Growth

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