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Type: Video

Series Title West Virginia: A Film History

Filmmaker Mark Samels

Company West Virginia Humanities Council

Format DVD


My coal miner dad took me to Beckley one evening in the back of a large, old truck. That was a payday; he bought a fiddle for me.

Then when I ran for the House of Delegates, I knew a lawyer friend up in Beckley and he said, “Now, Robert, take that violin with you, play a tune, they’ll remember you.” That’s what I did. Everywhere I went, I took that violin and I played a tune and if I found two persons who wanted to hear a tune, I played it for them.

That’s how I fiddled in that first race and won the House of Delegates. I was an unknown but with that violin I opened doors.

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