Gibson Thunderbird IV

Inside the tiny shop, the walls were lined with quality used and vintage guitars.  The better and rarest guitars were behind the counter where the cash register was.  To the left were the bass guitars, all hanging on the wall.  During this visit, I was looking at all the basses all lined up, when I noticed that one of them wasn't shaped like the others, so it didn't fit in somehow.  As I focused on this fact , I began to think that what I was really looking at was indeed something rare and unusual. 

My First Fender Bass

As I scoured every guitar shop in town looking for a bargain, plus knowing my budget was small, I finally found what I was looking for.  I had managed to purchase a used 1971 Fender Musicmaster bass guitar.

All day breakfast!

For the longest time, we hunted for a new place that we would enjoy, but failed miserably to find that special spot.  The eggs were not right, or the meat was overdone.  The potatoes tasted like they had been boiled, or there was too much seasoning applied.  And the coffee!  Sheesh, most of the time, it tasted like it may have been siphoned directly out of the janitor's mop water bucket!  I mean, if you are paying for breakfast food, it better be worth the money!

Building Model Cars in the 1960’s

The more kits I built, the better I became at constructing these model cars.  I enjoyed going to the local hobby shops to browse the shelves, looking at the various kits that could be purchased.  I immediately fell in love with the box art, which I have always considered at least as important as the actual kit itself.  I could look at this artwork all day, completely mezmerized by what I saw on the hobby shop shelves.

Biggest Show of Stars for 1958

During the April show, the headliners were rockers such as Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, and vocal group, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, along with a star studded group of 14 other acts.  At the October 7th show, the headliners were Buddy Holly, Clyde McPhatter, Bobby Darin, and more than a dozen other acts.

My earliest days as a bass player.

With the money I earned at my part-time job after school, I went to several guitar shops to look for my first bass guitar.  Because I had no previous knowledge of what to look for in my search for a bass guitar, I simply settled on one that fit my budget, rather than the various important elements on the instrument's playability.  You see, I didn't know any better.