Thanks to Randy Sandke for making the Bix Museum a reality

by Liz Beiderbecke-Hart

From a Facebook post of mine:
Without Randy Sandke, the Bix Beiderbecke Museum would not exist. Randy has been a part of creating a Museum dedicated to his idol since it's inception. Thousands of people are devoted to Bix, but he is the one who selflessly stepped up to bat to make the Bix Museum a reality. This entailed acquiring artifacts from contemporaries of Bix's (along with the arduous task of hunting down these items, arranging for their purchase / loan and the details of making their way to Davenport), purchasing (frequently at his own expense) these and numerous other artifacts, and donating many priceless items from his own personal collection, Listing these efforts doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of all Randy has done. Randy also made numerous trips from Pennsylvania to Davenport to deliver items. His long, tedious, selfless journey has been at times grueling, but he never gave up. He persevered with grace, class, kindness and humility. The world of Bix Beiderbecke aficionados are all indebted to him, and no one more than I. Thanks to you, Randy Sandke, generations will delight in the Bix Museum that has your mark all over it. You have played an enormous part in perpetuating Bix's legacy, and in turn, your own. Bix Lives.

Posted on Aug 7, 2017, 2:27 PM

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