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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Joel Rafael
As a teenager growing up outside Denver, Judy Collins and a few friends used to hike up Lookout Mountain to listen to musicians play folk music. It was there that she saw a man wearing overalls and an engineer's hat named Martin Hoffman singing a song called "Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos)." It was the first Woody Guthrie song she ever heard.
"He kind of took the personal experience of the people in the story and was able to impart the human experience of the people who were actually there," says Mr. Rafael. "He really finds a human element, so we relate to it more than just reading about what happened."