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Are You A Stooge?

It was 30 years ago today when I started my Air Force basic training at Lackland Air Force Base. Anyone who has ever served in the military at one time or another is bound to have at least one or two interesting stories about basic training—whether something that might have happened to themselves or somebody […]

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On the Road with The Jerks — Part III

It’s the summer of 1981 and I am helping out The Jerks when the play out on the road. After a a few out of town dates in Peoria and Carbondale, the band travels to Atlanta. When it came to playing out—whether on the road or in one of the bars in La Salle-Peru—the band […]

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On the Road with “The Jerks” — Part II

The Jerks playing at the Second Chance Summer, 1981 I officially started working with The Jerks in the summer of 1981. I had taken some time off school and was pretty much just filling in the time before I went back to school. Chris and I had talked about forming a band and we dreamed […]

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On the road with The Jerks — Part 1

The Jerks, Dixon Illinois 1981 For almost a year in the early 80s I was sort of a roadie and light technician for The Jerks, a rock band in the Illinois Valley. How I ended up working for a band that had briefly tasted fame (as another band) in the 70s cannot be told without […]

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Birthday Memories, 1986 — Baseball & Greek Town

There are a lot of cool things that a person could do to celebrate their birthday besides just getting hammered or having a party with all the trimmings. Sometimes, you might even end up doing something that you never imagined you would do. I might not have had the chance to have a big birthday […]

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Birthday Memories — “On The Beach”

My birthday in 1979 was a lot of fun. And it should have been because it was my twenty-first birthday. Back then, I was in the United States Air Force stationed at George Air Force just outside of Victorville, California. I had been at George for only eight months and had met some real cool […]

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