Re: condolences for passing of Michael

Steve,
For whatever it's worth, Merle Haggard was a great fan of Bob Wills' country swing style, and much of Haggard's music imitated Wills. That same 'big band" sound was always there in Haggard's music.

Michael and I discussed ancestry about 20 years ago. Koln is actually the German word for what we English-speaking people call Cologne, Germany.

As I recall, Michael told me his ancestors came from the Varmland region of Sweden. Their last name might have originally been "Johansson," probably anglicized to Johnson somewhere in the mists of time. He told me he wasn't able to trace his ancestors. He told so many stories in the hasty fifteen-minute conversations before and after performances that I wish I had written down more of them!