I was so much in love with Herman of the Herman’s Hermit’s when I was 14. I wrote him a love letter when I was only 13. Probably went something like “I love you, please wait for me” since I had never even kissed a boy & was just out of my training bra.
By the next year Herman’s Hermits were coming to Detroit in concert. I just had to meet Herman. I broke out in an excited sweat when I saw that there was to be a press conference for the Hermits consisting mostly of school kids interviewing them for their school newspaper before their concert to which my friend & I were attending. I begged my grams, who worked for the Editor at the Detroit Free Press, to talk to Loraine Alterman a reporter for their teen/entertainment page to see if she could get me into that venue. I used to go down to the paper during summer vacation once in a while & met various photographers & reporters. It was so exciting.
Loraine not only got me in, but let me write a byline about the experience for their page by posting it as a “letter.” She was great & such a sweet person too, always smiling. She ended up writing for Rolling Stone which is where she met her future husband Peter Boyle in 1977 til his death in 2006. He was a wonderful actor & must have been a great guy too. Supposedly John Lennon was their best man at the wedding. Small world. I used to hang with someone that John got released from jail many years ago, as well Yoko Ono was one of my first followers, coincidentally, on Twitter years ago when I only posted my art & photography.
Man…name dropping like hell right now but it really is a small world.
Fast forward 40 years… I hear that Peter Noone was going to be the headline at the Dearborn Homecoming, which is what they call their summer festival. I knew he might want some of the photos I had of the group so I decid to go up there before the show one hot August night. I was dressed like a sweaty slob & no makeup & told someone at the stage I wanted to drop off the photos for Peter so I could just go home to my air conditioning.
You know how badly the thrill was gone for me to do that? If I was in my right “fan-girl” mind I would have put on my nicest outfit, fixed my hair & done my makeup but no. I just go over to “drop off some photos with one of his people.” So I get there my plan all set & his stage hand says…”NO…stay for the show & give it to him yourself afterwards. So I stay for the show & thoroughly enjoyed it too, but it might have been the heat stroke.
Peter was prepared for autographs & a meet & greet with his fans behind a table that I soon approached with my folder of 8 X 10’s which I told him I wanted him to have. He was in a hurry, opened the folder & started to sign his autograph “Herman” for me. I stopped him saying “no these are for you to keep.” He said that he appreciated it but asked if I could send them digitally to him instead so he wrote his email address on the folder, which I still have because after all it’s still an autograph. The next day I emailed the photos & he thanked me & that was that.
Now if I was still a “fan-girl” how great would that be to have your crush’s personal email address! I was laughing to myself thinking OMG, what I wouldn’t have given for this kind of access to him 40 years ago. I actually thought he’d gotten better looking as he matured.
Hope you enjoy a song that he & his daughter Natalie sing every year at the UK Unity Telethon called “The Angels Are Crying in Heaven Tonight.” The refrain states that the angels are crying because they can’t understand why we can’t find the light. I can’t either.
I feel the need to post some disturbing developments & information that has come to me attention earlier today. I would like to post something fun or amusing or even hopeful but I won’t lie to folks.
The only laughs I have had today was going on some Facebook pages I follow for their sometimes off color or radical humor like “Funny AsShit.” Also videos on youtube that offer political humor as well as cute animals or music to pass the time. Never mind that I have hundreds of shows/movies on DVD’s I never watch. I’m partial to “Psych” episodes & just found a very cute BBC children’s show called “Young Dracula” on PlutoTV. Great cast, especially Keith-Lee Castle playing the Count, a single father of two. Never heard of him before this, but he & the entire cast are fabulous. Not sure why so much talent is buried in our world meanwhile the usual suspects are paid the big bucks to further agendas for their mainstream bosses.
So I see this First think on Facebook today. Someone shared it with me. I am sorry if this is upsetting to some but this is the reality we currently face & we have to do something about it. Be safe, but don’t be complacent when the current “powers that be” tell you to do something foolish or not helpful.
<<<During the Holocaust, they convinced people to put their families on trains (for their own good/safety) so they could be taken to a “safe place”. We all know the result of that. Have you ever heard of history repeating itself? I watched in horror as the police in China hauled a woman by both arms and both legs, shoved her in a van, and took her to a “camp” for COVID victims. We’ll never know what happened to those people. And with what’s taking place right here in our own country, don’t think for one second that it couldn’t happen here. We the people have proven just how quickly the government can take over all aspects of our lives. We complied based on fear tactics……….some of which are very untrue, and magnified/sensationalized to get you on that “train”. Please read. It’s for the good of our country.
Mark Levin is a very smart lawyer who worked in government during the Reagan administration. He knows his law.
– MARK LEVIN: “To be clear. President Trump hasn’t shut a single business. The Governors did.”
“We are seeing the most draconian measures ENFORCED at some STATE & LOCAL LEVELS of government that we’ve ever seen in our lifetimes, and yet, rather than being alarmed by the things going on, so many of you applaud.
President Trump’s guidelines are VOLUNTARY & TEMPORARY but some Democrat states & cities are taking it one step further, extending the lockdown and CRIMINALIZING behavior. Bill Gates wants to keep America locked down for 10 months! THAT’S WHAT LIVING UNDER A COMMUNIST REGIME LOOKS LIKE, AND YOU APPLAUD.
People are being arrested in some states for spending too much time outside, and you applaud.
Pastors are being arrested in some states for daring to hold church services, and you applaud.
A child’s birthday party is raided by police, and you applaud.
A young woman is ticketed for going on a leisurely drive alone because it’s deemed “non-essential travel”, and you applaud.
A father is handcuffed & arrested in an empty park for playing softball with his 6-year-old daughter & refusing to turn over his ID, and you applaud.
A lone paddleboarder in the ocean on a beach without any other people around is arrested because he’s violating quarantine orders, and you applaud.
Businesses are being forcibly closed and padlocked and owners arrested for refusing to shut down, and you applaud.
Dairy farmers are being incentivized to stop dairy farming and to sell their herds, and you don’t seem to understand the implications.
You’re being told to use hotlines and online forms provided by your local governments to report your neighbors who don’t obey, and you comply.
You scold people day after day for not obeying government edicts, and if any of us dare to question what’s happening, you lecture about how we’re a danger to society and we just don’t care about people dying.
You’ve somehow managed to convince yourselves that the people whose lives are affected by a virus are MUCH more important than the people whose lives are being destroyed (and in many cases, leading to death) by the effects of a worldwide economic shutdown and impending worldwide depression the likes of which no one has ever seen before.
At what point will you start QUESTIONING what’s going on?
At what point will you ask how the virus got here from China? (as if it wasn’t manufactured here and even over there)
At what point will you question why the fake news keeps defending the Communists?
How far do you have to be pushed before you’re jolted awake from your slumber?
How far are you willing to go with this?
If they told you to load your families onto train cars so that you could be taken to Virus Protection Facilities for your own safety, would you do it? —> YES. Yes, you would.
That much has become painfully obvious to me. And the whole time, you’d be shaking your finger and yelling at those of us who refused, accusing us of being “a danger to society” and “not caring if people die.” But they don’t have to load you onto train cars and take you to Virus Protection Facilities, or force you to comply, because you do that voluntarily.
The fake news controls your mind. They control you through fear. They control you by convincing you that the world is a scary dangerous place, but they’re here to protect you, care for you, and keep you safe, just as long as you OBEY.
They know that as long as you’re locked inside your comfortable home with Netflix, Hulu, CNN, NBC, ABC, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and a cell phone, you’ll comply. No force is necessary for the majority of the herd.
Bill Gates even wants to mandate antibody tests. ONLY those who are immune from VIRUSES will be allowed to leave their homes & work. YOU ARE IMPRISONED, willingly, and you’re too blind to see it.”
I will not be blinded!
I will not be controlled by the government! Amendment 1 – Freedom of Religion, Speech, and the Press Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.>>
People, always be aware of what is happening & never just allow paid talking heads to tell you. They will only tell you what they are allowed & instructed to tell you. They do not speak the truth anymore & this should scare you.
Also be careful when anyone asks or tells you to do anything in this fear based environment. If you remember that living is one big crap shoot & sooner or later we will all crap out, you will feel much better & less pressured to take a vaccine that may cause illness or even death to some. Of course if they were to start something like this their story would be that some will die, just like with all medical procedures that carry this risk. That is nonsense.
I didn’t realize how vaccines can work or the reason you might die or become ill if you come in contact with a virus after receiving an inoculation that has not had all the bugs worked out such as what happened with vaccines for Dengue Fever causing some to have an “over reaction” or deadly reaction once vaccinated & then coming in contact with that germ. Vaccines are not some magical “get out of sickness & death” guarantee. In fact sometimes it’s the exact opposite. Please do your research, though I have found that Google & others that control our media are blocking & making some things disappear if it makes certain people look bad.
My friends and I saw Joe Cocker open for the Who at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit in 1969. This was the Premier of the Who‘s Rock Opera “Tommy” which turned out to be their biggest success. No camera’s allowed inside.
We used to be regulars and saw many well known acts, some I cannot recall but their regular bands at that time got to be friends/acquaintances of ours. Iggy & the Stooges, better known as Iggy Pop & The MC5 among them.We would sometimes get together at John Sinclair’s house and stuff “anti-war” literature in envelopes with some other very interesting people that will remain nameless, for now anyway. Enjoy the memories of Joe and “Delta Lady.”
I really wanted to be a groupie so bad! I was sort of one when I was very young. At age 12 the Beatles came on the scene.
I was a Beatlemaniac, as they called us back then. Saw all the movies and bought the 16Magazine and Tiger Beat and any other rag mag I could afford that wrote up articles on them. Next to them was the Herman’s Hermits! I loved Peter Noone!
My grandmother was secretary to the editor of the Detroit Free Press and she knew lots of photographers and journalists and since I used to go down there all the time from the time I was a child, I got to know some of them as well. Knowing the right people got be behind the scenes some places and I managed to collect quite a number of autographs behind stage at some concerts. That was so cool! Got to meet the Herman’s Hermits when I was 14 and then spoke to Peter Noone again in my hometown of Dearborn at a concert there a few years ago where he gave me his person email address so I could send him pictures of that 1965 concert I attended.
I am posting a couple of these pictures taken by Dick Tripp, and then just a few snapshots of my part of an album I have with concert tickets, autographs and photos taken by me and by the professional photographers that got them for me. Tony Spina became a well-known photographer and he gave me some of the Beatles photographs he took. Another photographer gave me some film he that he was not happy with of the Beatles in concert that I printed up and was thrilled. I may decide one day to post all the copyrighted pictures I have with more stories later. Not sure how many are interested in 1960’s pop music anymore. I plan on writing a little anecdote on how I met them and got their various autographs!