Drive-in Movies

The first double-feature drive-in movies I saw as a child.
Remember those big ugly speakers you had to put int the car window,
leaving it cracked just enough to let plenty of hungry mosquitos in?

My favorit movie as a kid --didn't know what "stop-motion" was and didn't care!
Cowboys vs. Dinosaurs --awesome!

In junior high school, I was in the 76'ers Drum & Bugle Corp. This was a wondeful thing for a kid, compete with friends, be part of a team, and see a little bit of the world ... from an old broken-down school bus.


Top D&B Corps. of the 70's

Santa Clara Vanguard
Madison Scouts
Phantom Regiment
27th Lancers
Blue Devils
AvanteGarde rehearsing at Manning Bowl in Lynn Massachusetts circa 1974
One of hundreds of corps we competed against at the World Open that year

Close encounters with the rich and famous

Interviewed them during a rehersal for an article in my high school newspaper

Ted Kennedy
Had drinks with Ted and the entire gang after winning
the New York Democratic Presidental Primary in 1980.

Arnold Horshack, real name Ron Palillo
Bumped into him at the pizza place outside Dirty Harry's in Key West

Andre the Giant
Brought his own huge knife and fork to dinner, understandably.
He was one of the most gentle souls I've ever met.
He also had the greatest laugh I've ever heard.

Muhammed Ali
From his limo in Key West, he asked about places to eat.

Leonard Bernstein
Was quite a character, especially with a few drinks in him

Jimmy Buffet
At a party in Big Pine Key, I arrived late and was only able
 to join him for a last song --Changes in Latitudes

Atlanta Rhythm  Section
Enjoyed playing tennis with some of them the day after their
concert at The Sands beach club in Key West. The concert was great,
despite a lengthy black-out in the middle of the show.

Stephen King
Nearly ran over Mr. King with my car as he bolted across a street
in Boston, and he still gave me a friendly wave.

Al Sharpton
Surrounded by his entourage, asked if I was going to vote
for him in an upcoming NY election. My reply ... "Sorry Al, I'm from Boston"!

chuck norris
I met Chuck Norris at the U.S. Grand Nationals Karate Tournament
--my first tournament as a Black Belt

I snapped this photo of Elvis while in Hollywood ... well, maybe Elvis' ghost. --he's looking a bit trimmer.

Concerts I've been to ...

Jackson 5 with K.C. and the Sunshine Band and Tavares in Syracuse (circa 1974)

America with John Sebastian in Syracuse (1975)

Rush with Angel and Blue Oyster Cult in Syracuse (1976)

Kiss with Uriah Heep in Syracuse (1977)

Jimmy Buffet in Key West (1981)

Atlanta Rhythm Section in Key West (1982)

Santana in Syracuse, NY (1983)
--first concert held in the new Carrier Dome at Syracuse University

Heart with Kansas in Rochester, NY (1984)

Eddie Money in Auburn, NY (1985 and 1986) --his home town

Tina Turner and Wang Chung at Syracuse Fair Grounds (1986)

The Grass Roots in Syracuse (1988)

The Guess Who in Syracuse (1989)

Rolling Stones Steel Wheels Tour (1989)

Andrea Bocelli at the new Boston Garden (2000)

Huey Lewis & The News at South Shore Music Circus (2002)

Jimmy Buffet at Great Woods outside Boston (2003)

Norah Jones at the Orphium in Boston (Apr. 2007)

Van Halen in Boston (Sep. 2008)

Jackson Browne in Boston (Aug. 2009)

U2 in Foxborough, MA at Gillette Stadium (Sep. 2009)

Elton John in Las Vegas (Feb. 2009), The Red Piano concert,
and with Leon Russel at the Worcester DCU (May 2011)

Kansas, Styx and Foreigner in Boston (Aug. 2010)

Ian Anderson in Lowell, MA (Nov. 2010)

Rolling Stones at Gillete Stadium in Foxboro, MA (July 1019)

Broadway Musicals ...

Phantom of the Opera (at the Majestic in NYC and the Opera House in Boston a few weeks after 9/11)

Lion King (first show at the newly restored Opera House in Boston)

Spider-Man, Turn Off The Dark (at Foxwoods Theater in NYC before the offical opening
but without anybody going to the hospital)

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