Sunday’s tornado tore the roof off the Johnson home on 29th Street here, ripped tiles off the floor and destroyed two of the family’s four vehicles. But it did not take the grand piano.
“We can save it!” exclaimed Drew Johnson, 21, amid a steady rain in the living room Monday evening as the family examined what was left of its house.
“I think it’s dead, baby,” said his mother, Patti, a part-time musician. “It weighs 800 pounds.”
“We have so many people here,” Drew Johnson insisted, motioning to the dozen or so college students who had come to help. “This is our best chance to save it.”
Five minutes later, the piano was sheltered under a blue tent across the street, a small victory amid so much despair.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Joplin family saves grand piano after tornado
An offbeat New York Times article describes how a Joplin family saved an 800-pound grand piano: