About Me

March 27, 2014 ~

My name is Anna Canoni and my grandmother was Marjorie and this is the beginning of my journey…

My grandmother had many names and was many things to many different people. Perhaps you knew her?

  • Did you know her as Marjorie Greenblatt – daughter of Yiddish poet Aliza Waitzman & Isadore Greenblatt – who was born in Atlantic City and grew up in Philadelphia?
  • Or maybe you knew her as Marjorie Mazia, dancer in the Martha Graham Dance Company and teacher to Merce Cunningham and Erick Hawkins?
  • Perhaps you knew her as Marjorie Guthrie; mother to Arlo, Joady, and Nora?
  • Or did you know her as Woody Guthrie’s wife?
  • Did you know her as a counselor at Raquette Lake Girls Camp or Indian Hill Arts Camp?
  • Do you attend the Marjorie Mazia School of Dance in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn?
  • Perhaps you knew her as the woman who co-founded the Woody Guthrie Foundation, supporting the work of like-minded organizations like the Beacon Sloop Club and SingOut Magazine.
  • Perhaps you knew her as the woman who worked and organized neurologists around the globe to come together in the hopes of finding a cure for Huntington’s disease?
  • Did you know of her dream to one day opening an archive of Woody’s materials – to create a place that people would learn from Woody’s life’s work and be inspired to create?

She was many things to many people and this really is the short list.

I endeavor to create a place where I can learn who she was through the stories that are still around. I don’t know what the final outcome will be, but I’m interested in seeing how many of you out there knew about her. So let’s go back in time together and remember Marjorie Guthrie!

Peace and love,
Anna

2 thoughts on “About Me

  • November 1, 2017 at 5:06 pm
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    I knew Marjorie through a mutual friend, Professor Sheldon C. Reed, my PhD thesis advisor at the University of Minnesota. I was a young professor at Rutgers University and I invited Marjorie to speak to a class of genetic counseling graduate students and families from the community, at the Rutgers Medical School in May, 1979. She came to my apartment in North Brunswick, NJ for dinner prepared by my wife, Patricia, who was a medical student at the time and later that evening she was attending a 60th birthday party for Pete Seeger. After dinner, she spoke about HD, her life with her husband and how much more work needed to be done to better understand HD.
    She inspired us all to understand what patients and families with HD were experiencing and to commit to making a difference in the lives of HD families, as only Marjorie could. She was determined for us to begin a program in NJ to care for HD patients and families and called the then Governor, Brendan Byrne, to provide funds to being our center now known as the Samuel L. Baily Huntington Disease Center of New Jersey, located at Rutgers and Rowan Universities, Schools of Medicine. Our HD Center in NJ opened in 1979 and has been continually funded by state appropriations annually since then. Our state also includes two private long term care units, established by statute, for late-stage HD supported as specialty care centers. Dr. Thomas Vogt, then a student at Rutgers, attended that evening lecture and likewise was inspired by Marjorie and has pursued a career working on genetics and HD and is currently Vice President at CHDI. Others have spent part of their career working in the field of HD including Professor Alice Lazzarini, who also attended that evening.

    Marjorie was a true inspiration to me and many of my former students. Her life of dedication to service continues to inspire young professionals and families alike today. It was a great honor to have known her.

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  • November 1, 2017 at 6:43 pm
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    Hallo,
    In the early seventies I stil lived with parents in a village called Schilde, near Antwerp in Belgium. From that adress I corresponded quit a lot with Marjorie. I don’t really remember but I guess it was all about Woody. I played guitar and banjo at that time en sang a lot of Woody’s songs. One sunny day me and my girlfriend were helping my mother cleaning windows from the outsite. Suddenly a car stopped in front of the house and out came Marjorie Guthrie! It took me a while to realize who she was. On here way to a congress, withouut GPS, she had found my home! We chatted for only a few minutes and on the road she went!
    Bart Plouvier

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