We Stream Wave.- Better Sound -Better Music
My Life of Music
Entry one --Flute-You've Got To Hide Your Love Away, I had too much to Dream (last night), Gloria, Laugh Laugh, Remember ( Walking in the Sand), Doo Wah Diddy, I Will Follow Him, Time of the Season, Heartful of Soul, Good Vibrations, My Girl, Yesterday, You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin, For Your Love, Eve Of Destruction, Secret Agent Man, Goldfinger, Theme from Mission Impossible in (5,4Time), (Flute)The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction", Good Lovin, Happy Together, and Elenore, Let's Live For Today, She's Not There, These Boots Are Made For Walkin, Wild Thing, I'd Wait A Million Years, Hang On Sloopy!!!!!
To really experience the atmosphere of the time all the music is on and can be played on You Tube
My Journey from my love of music to creating a Radio Station starts as a child . The flute lessons and practicing by my sister was to a captive audience, me, around 3 years old, me being the baby sitting duty. Even now I know that was great pleasure as I was receiving much attention with this thing a flute. I was watching my sister produce, this sound that I never heard anywhere else. Between her 45's and her flute playing, I was loving the attention even though it was big sister law and order. I loved the radio especially the radio my mother listened to while ironing downstairs (cooler during summer) and my grandmothers big floor (1950's) model when we visited her in the U.P. The other great things about visiting grandmas, my parents would show us kids photos of all the relatives and places far away and that whole feel far away and music and radio (U.P.) different was very appealing. Early on by the age of 7 my father rigged up a old car radio (donated by my Uncle) with a made wooden frame with Car antenna sticking out to make it look like desk model of the early radios. It was powered by a battery charger also donated by my Uncle. From that point on I fell asleep with the radio on next to my bed. It was not heard from outside my bed but it was turned off (my mother) often by morning. I was listening to late night radio shows on weekends and a few talk and music. It showed me I loved the late part of radio, the clear channel hearing of New York and East Coast stations and hearing music heard there and not here in Chicago. I found that music during the day was less interesting. By age 9, I got my first real good radio, a Clock radio from Walgreens as a Christmas gift. It was a upgrade to stations I could hear but, I kinda missed some of the static I had on my home made box radio. When we went to the park for swimming the concession stand had indoor seating and JukeBox where I would always put some of my money for hearing the new Jan and Dean, Drifters or Beach Boys. The drummers all tried to reproduce Wipeout including my friend down the street who (2 years older) understood the effect of Musicians on girls. What my sister was playing on her phonograph was not what I was seeking out. The Beatles hit and my sister was buying the music and the paperbacks about the Beatles. I found my self reading the paperbacks looking at the photos but not actively seeking their music out. Maybe because my sister was playing it all the time with Bob Dylan, Donovan and Frankie Valley and the Four Seasons. For me Beatles Music early on was about girls, love etc. The paperbacks and magazines where more entertaining and talk radio with music ruled my radio listening and the later in the night and farther away the better. I was doing good in school so late night radio listening was not concerning to my parents and they thought was, Music and radio is a good hobby or passion. The late Night radio personalities seemed to know just the right amount of talk and music mix. The Rolling Stones, Kinks, Animals and the Who had started to get my attention and also part of it was being different from of main stream Beatles Fans. Elvis was a movie star so the music did not appeal to me as it seem a area that girls and women were the fans. The stations I liked did not play Elvis. My Father bought a Pool Table from Montgomery Wards for Christmas and was to keep me from getting me into trouble as it would get the kids from the neighborhood to come and play pool under a watchful eye of Mom and Dad. It worked, by summer two other families had bought a pool table for their homes and we rotated to each house to play. In the background was always music from the radio playing. Hullabaloo and Shindig take on American Bandstand. Oct 1966 - FM Rock Radio Debuts on WOR in NYC.
Entry 2-Flute- Along Comes Mary, California Dreaming, Flower Power, Hair, Dizzy, Mony Mony, Mini Skirts, The Rain The Park and Other Things, Brand New Key, Incense & Peppermints, Chain Of Fools, Dear Mr Fantasy, Gimme Some Lovin, Nights In White Satin, Wild Thing, On The Road Again, I got a Line on You, San Francisco, You Keep Me Hangin' On,Let's Live For Today, Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In" "Hush",With A Little Help From My Friends, Space Oddity, Let's Live For Today, a White shade of Pale, Dirty Water, Summer in the City, Pushin' Too Hard.
The first 45 I actually bought was- I Got You Babe- and this not so much it was good but it was because that all the early TV Shows where they appeared the look of Cher is nothing I've seen and and yet I see her as girl down the street. By the 8th grade all the girls had some influence from Cher & Michelle Phillips . The interesting thing I noticed is in Art Class where I liked being is that Girls where so much more a place where their personalities came out. . Rebellion came in with the slowly inching up the skirt and as guys where growing their hair. The song San Francisco and most videos attached to it, reflects what guys where seen and girls where wearing in a toned down version at school as they try to deal with this act of independence. The Flower in your Hair became a literal as young people set about to go to San Francisco. The Eighth grade best Art Class would do the Graduation party and our class was picked as best talented to put it together. We submitted Tropical theme and I got to construct the Palm trees, it was fun and they let us play records that were on the radio. It is where the girls were different, more than a smart adversary and also these where the girls that came from all over the area as opposed the neighborhood girls I new my whole life. The Radio stations I was listening too was mostly at night because Top 40 it seemed to be the songs that girls would buy, but at night it was different.WBCN-FM Boston the change has begun and FM stereo and the free format takes over which was taking over the Rock music from the inside out. Even though I could not hear it because FM has shorter range the success about this FM Rock station spread fast which included giving their listeners info and support on help to end the Vietnam war. They became a great success and this idea of radio quickly spread across the United States. WLS- AM was doing 4 or 5 hr kinda underground but with restraints on the weekends. I was going from Talk and Rock depending the mood. By the end of the Eighth grade I knew Art would be part of my life. When you listen to Rock radio late at night and you hear the breaking news in real time more than during the day as I heard about the assignation of RFK in real time. Freshman year was rough as all new people and all my friends are in classes that are defining them, ninth grade sucked (Freshman year, first real experience with real bullies, apparently not hitting puberty is ripe for ridicule, long year). Music was my place of comfort and all these new bands and new music was a great place to be. By ninth grade the school had start checking the length of girls skirts yet they won't let them wear pants. Rebellion came in the slowly inching up the skirt as guys where growing their hair including me. Music was the driving force for many as they tried to cope with Vietnam War, the Dead Count on the Evening News and the Draft Lottery. By the end of 1969 some of the best music ever had been produced, the sound of women on the air being air personalities was very appealing to listen to. Woodstock had give us hope that there would be some sanity in the World. I was in the middle of all this, what better way to be a freshman in High School. Then there was Grace Slick and Janis Joplin all this great music became part of my soul. This summer my friend down the street was having friends from school (private school) over bringing girls. It was a little too intimidating for me, the girls couple years older and very nice and one offered to take me into the room but I declined, but that gave me a direction and feeling there will be a right time later. This summer as I look back it was interesting because it happened to me the girlfriend of my friend flashed me. My friend was playing Drums with a bunch of guys but their goal was attracting girls and it worked. They did not really have much more of a agenda than that.
Entry 3- The Flute, Going up the Country, Timothy Leary's Dead- Legend of a mind, The Letter, 96 Tears, Lay Down, Lucky Man, Crimson and Clover, Give Peace a Chance, Itchykoo Park, Aquarius, For What It's Worth, Let's Live For Today, Sugar Sugar,Whole Lotta Love, Kicks, Mr. Tambourine Man, Green Tambourine, 21st Century Schizoid Man, I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Lay Lady Lay, Born to be Wild, Good Times, With A Little Help From My Friends, Paint it Black, Fortunate Son, Gimme Gimme Good Lovin, I'd Love to Change the World, Time Has Come Today, The Boy Down the Street Comes home in a Casket
Few things that are so defining as when my friend on the block coming home in a casket. It was tough time to catch the news and Music was the place I could go to feel normal. The music was at its Zenith with anti War songs. The things at school seemed so trite as students grouped into their own clicks. I became the group with a mix of friends from junior high and conformation class, truly a group that grades was the focus, to go to college and get a deferment. For me at that point High School was a place to get through and focus on getting into college. The girls were pushing the limits on the dress codes daily and I just let my hair grow until my father would say something as he had cut my hair all my life and he understood that the length was being rebellious, he grew up on a farm where hair length was not high on importance list. My softmore year because ROTC ( hair off the ears and collar) was a graduation requirement, I wanted to take one fun class, Photography but my father said take an academic class, he would build a darkroom in the basement and teach me how to develop black and white film give me some instruction in taking photos as he did photography during the war. As soon as the darkroom was done in the basement my dad took me to a camera store with photography developing equipment and chemicals. It was a real bonding experience and seeing the black and white photos come to life as they developed truly like magic. As my softmore year went on, the body count on TV was hard watch and the anti war music was at its height. The darkroom became that spot with a radio and music on weekends staying up late, everything was OK. The counselor at school had contacted me for a look at what was my goals. As I found out later that he was going out of his way to motivate the students following the academic track to go to college to avoid the draft with high grades. With a scholarship and a deferment to possibly have the war would end before college graduation. It is been said that Nixon had devised the big amount of availability of scholarship funds for A and B high school students to keep them safer from war. A reoccurring theme my English teachers just out of College, they where great to look at and my softmore teacher was playing Beatles, Joan Biaz and Melanie Albums in the six weeks of Poetry segment of English class. The other distraction was all girls especially the ones who did their own thing. By the end of my softmore year my father was less a backer of the war when the neighbor boy came home in a casket. Students at Kent State were killed. Looking toward my Junior year it was just again get through it as Photography and Music helped me get through days. Hair is On Broadway.
Entry 4 - Flute- Spill The Wine, I Talk To The Wind, Living In The Past, White Room, DeJa Vu, War, Mama Told Me Not to Come, Riders On The Storm, Ohio, 21st Century Schizoid Man, White Rabbit, Evil Ways, Magic Bus, Let it Be, Spirit In The Sky, All Right Now, Tommy, Baby Blue, Cinnamon Girl, Closer To Home, American Woman, The Tears Of A Clown, Layla, My Sweet Lord, Make It With You, Ain 't No Mountain High Enough, Jumpin' Jack Flash, Sky Pilot, Black Magic Woman, Riders On The Storm, Born To Be Wild
My junior year was a little better as a whole but the war was at the dinner table every night with death tolls. Classes were good and A's and B's .The word was the school was being sued for length of hair requirements and unreasonable dress codes plus the requirement of ROTC for boys to graduate but not girls. I was hoping the ROTC requirement would be abolished this year as I had to take the second year requirement my Junior year. By mid year the dress code was shredded because of hair length could not be for boys and not require girls .The basic idea that a school could require a set of clothes as specific as no pants for girls and no Pea coats or Army Fatigues were not allowed. What the High School didn't realize that many of these Army and Navy clothing was what students had to hold on to a brother off to War or worst dead, a casualty of War. It was also a barrier for families who could not afford to have the their kids with new clothes and shoes every begriming of the school year. If I had not grew out of my clothes I would wear them the next year. Resale, Army Surplus and Salvation Army shops were big with kids as the Hippy movement look took hold and this seemed bother the parents really allot. When the dress code went away it was fun for us students and very disconcerting to parents. I spent allot of time in my darkroom developing my black and white photos with music from the radio playing which helped me get away from all the war news. The exceleration of the war was an even more incentive to get A's and B's. English class was again where music was used to illustrate poetry class and even more than just the Beatles. Some of the older English teachers were jealous of the attention these just out of college teachers were getting by the students as some teachers even came in to sit in on poetry class. Rock Opera Jesus Christ Superstar is on Broadway. The crisis in Bangladesh was important to address by George Harrison with The Concert For Bangladesh. For Christmas my Father had gotten a Stereo with Reel to Reel deck from my sister and her newlywed husband who was in the Navy and got leave in Japan and shipped the Stereo for my Father for Christmas. My dad liked to listen to his station with old time music and I got to play with the reel to reel deck. My mother continued to listen to her radio downstairs, as I look back it was like me, it was her time to just iron and listen to her stations very peaceful.
Entry 5- The Flute, Aqualung, Just My Imagination, What's Going On, Black Magic Woman, If You Could Read My Mind, Family Affair, It's Too Late, It Don't Come Easy, That's The Way I've Always Heard It Should Be, Your Song, Lonely Days, Get It On (Bang A Gong), Me and Bobby McGee, It's Too Late To Turn Back Now", Imagine, Joy to the World, I got a line on you, I'm Your Captain, SOUL SACRIFICE
Spent the summer in my darkroom after taking photos of mainly landscapes with exception of some girls. Senior year, just get through it with good grades so I can get a scholarship. The students took full advantage of no dress code and hair went long and straight, skirts went short and the true fashion of the time was in full force. The girls that always got my attention where the girls that put it together from all styles and generations, but peasant dresses and short skirts with girl wearing glasses just did it for me. Took 2 college level courses my senior year to get credit. Will be hearing from the scholarship commission soon. Not looking forward to registering for the draft. I made the wrong time to go the john during study time in class as I came upon two guys smoking and for as reminder that I was not one of them, he sucker punched me to reinforced his dominance and get me not to say anything as he kinda held back a little on the punch while maybe trying to convince his friend he is in his click. My friend got a car so most times I got a ride home from school. I being a geeky kinda of guy, girls did not give me the time of day. It was O K because the goal is go to college. The War is hanging over every decision I make. I had my brother who graduated from college and my sister who graduated and became an RN (Nurse). The result of the draft and deferments did create the best educated generation ever. My father pretty much said the stereo was mine since I spent much time using the Reel to Reel deck to play, experiment and just have fun. FM stations where the ones I listened to but WLS and WCFL both AM top 40 were battling and giving away things and once I won an album from them I would try on a regular basis to win albums. One evening the prize was a camera, I won a Polaroid camera from WLS and once again my creativity was enhanced. The marketing for Polaroid should have been Photograph your Wife or Girlfriend Nude without sharing it with your local film developer. By the middle of my senior year I had got on the Dean's list. Yet I spent Christmas break with the flu and my savior was my radio. Deans List is great, never been, it will help in getting a Scholarship. My father says he retiring as he will hit the age 63, this is the first real time I acknowledge that I have a older father than most and it really didn't make a difference. This is relative easy to keep the grades to stay on the Deans list. By March, I found out I had received 4 year Scholarship, a sense of relief came over me and my parents. The pick of a School, a University. Music is place to celebrate, Strawberry Fields and Dog Ear Records are the place to find the latest albums and it, was a way to get away from the pressing issues which along with book stores were great places to disappear for awhile. The next decision was what to study, so Mom says business, my father, something in science (as a young person it was easy for me to grow things in the family garden and at the time I really didn't understand that is hard to grow things successfully), and I want to do is Art and Photography. We compromise and Business with Art minor. This will be the road to follow as it seems the best decision. My end of my Senior year was marred by a bully in last day of Gym class as we were just playing basket ball in teams. As you would think that all was easy going but as some one threw me the ball to shoot up the ball on the side of the basket and as I threw it up a guy (bully) came through to try to get the ball and sent me in to the brick wall and I hurt really bad . I was sent to the Nurse (much later finding out my collar bone was broken). I was sent to the nurse not knowing how bad it was at the time, she gave me an aspirin thinking I was faking to out of class and sent me back to class. At times my mother would make me cringe as she always had our backs but this time my mother let the school and nurse have it for the lack of any kind of help for her son and she made me proud of her. I attended my Graduation in a sling and had the girl next to me move my Tassel to the other side as I couldn't do it. I was happy to get out of High School as it was just a way to a means as I have Full Ride for Four years and now just get some fun for summer. I did recover by mid July and my Brother in law got me a job delivering catalogues and 3rd class type mail. A van with meet us in an area and we would span out delivering. The only perks to this was the girls that delivered were so more mature than high school, it was very very appealing and with no dress code to deliver truly flower girls. On breaks often a house of delivery persons and lighting up was the break. I choose at the time to turn them down and they were fine with that, very easy going. The escalation of the War is not helping the state of mind for many people. Once again the Music that is being created is just incredible the only thing that is helping to keep many people engaged trying to end the War. to be continued...
Entry 6- Flute- Isn't Life Strange, Procession, Lost In A Lost World, Signs, You Wear it Well, Won't Get Fooled Again, "Ain 't No Sunshine", L.A. Woman, Proud Mary, Just My Imagination, Love Her Madly, Maggie May, Aqualung, Stairway To Heaven, Roundabout, American Pie, Hot Love, You've Got a Friend, Treat Her Like a Lady, Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey, My Sweet Lord, I Just Want to Celebrate, Here Comes the Sun, Heart Of Gold, Let's Stay Together, A Horse With No Name, Doctor My Eyes, Tumbling Dice, Hold Your Head Up, Smokin in the Boys room, Run Run Run, All Right Now, Along Comes Mary, Ventura Highway, RoundAbout, Heart of Gold,
The First day as college student as I walked into the student Union, playing on the Student radio station, It's All Right Now by Free. I have found a place to let me expand my life and be free. I spent my Freshman year in taking all classes to meet some of the Universities graduation requirements before starting going after my Economics (Business) Requirements. I also, to keep me creatively fresh, started taking Photography classes at the local Community college. My graduation and birthday present was a down payment on a car and to get me to be responsible with a small car loan for the rest (cosigned) so that meant a job. My Scholarship covered the tuition and fees. Getting there and back meant a job was needed and my mother sent me out to get a job and I found one at the local grocery store. Plus the job would also help me buy film and developing supplies for my darkroom and pay for Photography classes. I really don't remember most of college courses the first year except the Biology class as it was more of out of the class learning, very new in classes, where teachers graduating in the late sixties and early seventies where new innovators in education. Similar to the new English teachers in High school I had who taught poetry with Beatles, Joan Biaz and Judy Collins records. I still remember that the girls where very appealing as independent, strong opinions and very forward and not afraid to let me know how smart they were. The very traits I would find in my wife years later. FM radio had taken over most of my daytime radio listening but at night it was talk with music that was what I liked. I still would listen to WLS and WCFL to try to win tickets to concerts and got good at tuning in at the right time to try to win tickets. I did win my first concert tickets to see was the Doobie Brothers. I was good at winning the music the radio stations where giving away and got some great albums that I use on my radio station today. The first thing I put in my car was a 8-Track Player, that was because I Won a 8 Track of the best of Moody Blues from WLS, and remember WLS was AM station. I started recording FM stations playing Whole Albums on the Reel to Reel and was my version of Mixed tape. The Midnight Special Begins.. Led Zeppelin Largest Stadium Concert. Nixon had the Vietnam war ended and also ended the draft lottery so I and my parents were relieved. A friend down the street, his mother liked riding horses and her girlfriend younger (23) came over often to play cards with her and she was the first woman who just made me speechless. Needless to say I liked to play cards again and my friend (probably liked her too) was willing to play even though it meant hanging with his mother and her friend. I could get her attention at my age but would always say your so cute for your age. Not what I wanted to hear but it was fun and she was getting over someone so she seemed to enjoy my mature attempts at getting her attention. I had asked this checker at the grocery store to a movie and pizza as she was the hippy flower girl I had imagined that would have went to San Francisco and she was her and was a little too of a free spirit but so much fun. I sensed I was a little cautious for her and we parted but I saw the direction I liked in girls.To be continued........
Entry 7 -Flute-Thick as a Brick, Day After Day, Superstition, You're So Vain, Reelin' In The Years. Crocodile Rock, No More Mr. Nice Guy, Cisco Kid, (The Flute) Frankenstein, Tubular Bells, Long Train Runnin, Right Place Wrong Time, Hocus Pocus, Give Me Love, Will It Go Round In Circles, Kodachrome, Brother Louie, Rocky Mountain Way, We're An American Band, Ramblin' Man, Photograph, Half Breed, Who's That Lady, Hello It's Me, Angie, The Joker, Rebel Rebel, Smokin' In The Boys Room, Nothing From Nothing, Rock & Roll Hoochie Koo, Rock On, Killer Queen, Band On The Run, Help Me, I Shot The Sheriff, Radar Love, Dreamer, Rikki Don't Lose That Number, Come and Get Your Love, Do It Til' You're Satisfied, You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet, Can't Get Enough, Bad Company, 30 Days In The Hole, The Dark Side of The Moon, Papa Was A Rolling Stone,
My Softmore year was very similar to my freshman year and as I took the rest of the Universities basic graduation requirements except Language requirement. The counselor suggested I take it at my local community school as it would probably be easier as I never had any Language and all I had to do was transfer the credits. That was easy, 3 days that I was at the University MWF classes and Spanish, 2 days TTh at the Community college. Ted Nugent and the Amboy Dukes were to play at the community college, not on my radar yet. It seemed to go real fast this year and the grocery store job was great for gas, car payment, music, film and developing chemicals. I had set classes so they would end by 2 in the afternoon so I could work at the grocery store. There was a very marked difference as students seemed to ease back into a war less future. The FM stations had taken over for good music and hearing new artists. Yet it was fun to win stuff from WLS and WCFL. At late night talk was a guy who knew Chicago really well, all the neighborhoods as he was a cab driver in his former life. He interacted on the phone with graveyard shift of Chicago and played their requests, great radio. It was great to see the school where I was going to a city that never sleeps. Great conversation, great music. The One of my favorite things to do was go to Dog Ear Records or Strawberry Fields. Going to the University had its perks, Greek town was on the way to classes from the train station when I took the train to school. It was a place for great food and as is Little Italy. I took Ecology class as science requirements and it was like being in a summer camp for adults, studying by going to the lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, bogs and Dunes. I became an Environmentalist in that class. The Exploration of downtown Chicago was now a regular as I had to find the Stadium for the Doobie Brothers Tickets I won at WLS to the pair of Jeans I won on WCFL but had go to the jean shop in downtown Chicago to get them as they advertised on WCFL. A checker that was the definition of a flower girl got my attention and we went to a movie and then pizza, she was the true free spirit just a little too free for me, great person. To be continued........
Flute-You Are The Woman, Love Alive, Tell Me Something Good, Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe, Dreamer, Whatever Gets You Through The Night, Sweet Home Alabama, You're Sixteen, Bennie and The Jets, The Loco-Motion, Sundown,You're No Good, Best Of My Love, Can't Get It Out Of My Head, My Eyes Adored You, Love Hurts, Lady, Lady Marmalade, Shining Star, How Long, I'm Not In Love, Sister Golden Hair, Wish You Were Here, Fame, Fire, Miracles, Ballroom Blitz, Low Rider, Bohemian Rhapsody, Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, Black Water, Listen To What The Man Said, One Of These Nights,
My Junior year was the year to change how I saw everything in the future and it happened by accident. For one of the requirements for Economics is statistics, so they were offering two different times one at 8 am and 11am . Me not a morning person I immediately choose the 11. There was starred stuff underneath the class description but as you take allot of different classes it usually is a lab fee or special requirement. As usual by this time a junior I didn't really read it. I didn't find out what it said until the first day of class and what it said was with computer methods. I did not panic but there was some concern. It was to learn to write Basic computer language and do problems and solve equations with the computer by writing small programs to solve them. Later we used to predict the outcome of 10 stocks we followed for 8 weeks and then predict what were they would be in 12 weeks with a program written and run and check the the computers results with after 12 weeks and what happened in the real world. The class was fun and what sealed the deal was a girl at another terminal in the room (50 terminals in the math and business building) was flirting with me at my terminal and I didn't know where she was in the room at her terminal. I did not have the skills yet to figure out what terminal, so I stood up and figured it out when she started laughing. The next time I registered for classes I looked for classes with computer methods and would be a class for graduation requirements. Science requirements one more class and I would pick Genetics with computer requirements. This was again fun and we would predict Fruit Fly characteristics (Curled Wings, White eyes, etc.) and then see in real life crosses if it matched the computer predicted numbers. This again was fun as this time at the Science and Engineering building, 50 terminals and girls in class were so much smarter (pre med class) than me, once again fun. What was the best part about it was that I found that computer terminals where open 24 hrs a day 7 days a week for the access for computer science majors and grad students and any one taking a class with computers. So coming to school at night and spend time all nighters was fun. Just seeing what other things were being done in other classes was fun. There was kind of protective info about 24 open terminals so students who needed to use them could use them without too much looking for an open terminal. The next bit of info was the best, once you created a account for a class with computer methods it followed you until you graduated and it was almost impossible to use up the time allotted for a student after creating the account with your first computer class. So basically you could show up at terminals at one of 5 different dept's. and if open do what you wanted. The school encouraged the student to explore its real abilities and created a great computer dept. PLATO (Programmed Logic for Automatic Teaching Operations) was introduced to us at the University in science classes (computer-assisted instruction system) which was using it in their education environment. They introduced it in Genetics and Chemistry class.The way to decompress was to listen to won the rock stations and try to win something. I won tickets from WLS for Jethro Tull but couldn't' make it so I sold them to a guy I worked with at the grocery store and spent the money on more records. I grocery job gave a way to purchase a new camera and the place to try it out was a concert and proceeded to ask a checker to go to the Fleetwood Mac concert with me. She loved the concert more than me but once again fun. As she put it, your long hair and love of photography and music, it portrays a little danger, when you are a teddy bear. The photos came out good but having lawn seats I could only get as close as the back row of the seats walkway to photograph Fleetwood Mac. I had to save enough money to the next step as to get a telephoto lens. I continue to take a few photography classes at the Community college. Just before Summer ends Labor Day Weekend WDAI Plays a 3 day in studio produced Woodstock style Concert called Fantasy Park in which I start to Record on the Reel to Reel Tape Deck recording over any thing else that just different music in experimenting with tape deck. I immediately go to Montgomery Wards to get 5 more Reel to Reels to record the 3 Day Fantasy Park Concert. I stay up the first night and nap through the rest just enough to flip the tape or change it. It was fun to listen to it as they played it sounded pretty real. While picking up my check, my coworker at the grocery store I worked with had gotten Led Zeppelin Tickets (I didn't even try to get them at ticketron outlet-Carson stand in line, had a class) it was to seal the deal with a girl he going out with and for my great luck she dumped him and said her new boyfriend got great seats. He said he wasn't going, his trauma my luck, he asked me if I wanted buy them as I cashed my check. I said yes and gave him and extra ten dollars for him to go buy some thing to ease the pain. This is a great thing as I figure if I don't have a date by then just sell the seat and make some money for a Macro Lens for my camera. The seats were nose bleed seats and the taking any photo from that point was a waste of money and security keep you from wandering to other sections to get a photo opportunity. To be continued....
Flute - Lowdown, Big Tree Blue Sea, Dreamboat Annie, JailBreak, Run With The Pack, Dreamweaver, Oh What a Night, Dream On, Let Em In, Kiss and Say Goodbye, Don't Fear the Reaper, Devil Woman, Play That Funky Music, Fly Like An Eagle, New Rose, Anarchy In The UK, More Than A Feeling, The Rubberband Man, Night Moves, Sir Duke, 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover, Hotel California, Dec 1963 (Oh What A Night, If You Leave Me Now, Rock'n Me, Bohemian Rhapsody, Silly Love Songs, Love Hurts, Show Me the Way, Livin' Thing, All By Myself, Rhiannon (Will You Ever Win), Baby, I Love Your Way, Sara Smile, Somebody to Love, The Boys Are Back in Town, Love is the Drug, A Little Bit More, Fooled Around & Fell in Love, Hurricane, Evil Woman, Magic Man, Got to Get You Into My Life, Take it to the Limit, Love Really Hurts Without You, She's Gone, Fool to Cry, You're My Best Friend,
My Senior Year was a long year just because the classes were all Economics courses , I liked them but huge brain use as they basically were midterm and final all S A's . My savoir was the photography classes I was taking at local college. Once Again Just before Summer ends Labor Day Weekend WDAI Plays the 3 day in studio produced Woodstock style Concert called Fantasy Park in which I start to Record on the Reel to Reel Tape Deck . I immediately start recording and go to Montgomery Wards to get more Reel to Reels to record the 3 Day Fantasy Park Concert. Once again I stay up the first night and nap through the rest just enough to flip the tape or change it. It was fun to listen to it as improved it and added more groups as they played it sounded pretty real. I do have these 6 Tapes yet too and did convert them to digital some forty years later. As of fate was to give me great introduction to best rock band . The grocery store was still a place I worked part time as I always needed gas money and Album money and now a telephoto lens. The habit, pay day was to buy the Album that was on my mine most but the telephoto lens took priority. Great things were happening as I was perfecting my Photography style. I was hedging toward Landscape and paying for my way with Weddings and Portraits photography. The Choice to stay working for grocery store part time is my what father said you already get health insurance free and you are putting money into a 401 (brand new to the employee instead of pension) so work part time at grocery store plus you could get photo clients from work employees or customers. This was a good strategy and I listened to my father, a truly great decision. My parents were elderly and I understood that they didn't want to drive into the city to see me graduate so they recruited my friend to go and take photos and I understood that as it would be hard on me to worry about them driving in and the long time and driving back. to be continued.......
Flute-Tell Me to My Face, Angry Eyes, Heard It In A Love Song, Strange Way, Forever Autumn, Blinded By The Light, The Year Of The Cat, Feels Like The First Time, Cold As Ice, Peg, Deacon Blue, Nobody Does It Better, Brick House, New Kid In Town, Blinded By The Light, I Wish, Rich Girl, Sir Duke, Pigs on the Wing, Dogs, Sheep, Pigs (Three Different Ones), Josie, Black Cow, Aja, Heroes, Turn to Stone, Mr Blue Sky, Paradise By The Dashboard Light, Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad, Closer To The Heart, We Will Rock You, Are The Champions, Let There Be Rock, Whole Lotta Rosie, Solsbury Hill, Give A Little Bit, Even In The Quietest Moments, Fool's Overture, I Robot, I Wouldn't Want To Be Like You, Breakdown, Some Other Time, Running On Empty,
I was doing a variety of Photo jobs and working allot of hrs at the grocery store too. I still had fun listening to the radio stations calling in to win albums and other things like a WLS Beach Towel, Polaroid Zip Camera, and Concert Tickets. WKQX , WXRT and WDAI were getting my attention for music. But at Late night I was listening to WIND because of Ed Swartz a talk show just about Chicago and the people who make it run all night long, truly great radio with right amount of music with talk. As the holidays were approaching I was working allot of hours at the grocery store. By Christmas I had gotten the telephoto lens with the extra hours around the holidays at the grocery store and starting to get Wedding dates and Portrait photos. I bought a good stereo which had a 8-Track recorder as now I had 2 ways of recording music especially when WKQX was playing the latest release of an album. Spring brought a few more weddings lined up. I did a family photo of a golf pro. I did decide that taking photos at concerts were the perks of the work. The Fleetwood Mac concert convinced me that a Telephoto was the way to go any get best axis to the concert. At the grocery store if you haven't figured it out that it is a great place to meet girls, especially customers. One customer was a ex girlfriend of an ex employee and she was great distraction at work at the grocery store. She talked about having to go a class for her new job on a computer and I immediately thought time to brush up on my skills and went to the college ( the college kept your account open to access as incentive to take graduate classes or more computer classes) to do a little program for her to impress her. It worked but she was more interested in a guy at her work. I started to realize then that I was a good listener and had be able to figure out if I was the subject to flirt with or the listener.
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Flute- Undun, You Are The Woman, Dreamboat Annie, Blinded By The Light, Carry on my Wayward Son, Pigs on the Wing, The Year Of The Cat, Night Moves, Hotel California, Lights Out In London, Feels Like The First Time, Cold as Ice, Margaritaville, Peg, Deacon Blue, Whole Lotta Rosie, Nobody Does It Better, Brick House, Mull Of Kintyre, Tonight's The Night, New Kid In Town, Dreams, Sheep, Go Your Own Way, Don't Stop, Telephone Line, The Things We Do For Love, Barracuda, Give a Little Bit, Black Betty, Like a Hurrican, Dogs, Cat Scratch Fever, Fly Like an Eagle, Turn to Stone, Heroes, Lost Without Your Love, You Make Loving Fun, Jet Airliner, Walk This Way, It's So Easy, Handy Man, Songs from the Wood, Solsbury Hill, Lido Shuffle, Rockin' All Over the World, Baby,What a Big Surprise, Sound & Vision, Burnin' Sky, God Save the Queen, Maybe I'm Amazed,
The focus was work and getting good at using the Telephoto lens. I tested out my proficiency with the telephoto lens every chance I got. Nature was brought to me in an instant with this telephoto lens. I found that this is best way to get good at the telephoto lens. There was a short time in all this as should I be putting my science part of my education to work and when I sought may be working in a Lab but once I was avail to a employment opportunity I quickly decide against it and quickly realized that I love creating Art and all that entailed. I began sending my Art to Gallery competitions and to be shown and sold. I also tried a mailer advertisement for my photography skills, it worked OK. But what really worked was while at the grocery store working I would bring the conversation with customers and employees that I was doing Portraits and Weddings. To Be Continued....
Baker Street, Sentimental Lady, We are the Champions, You Really Got Me, Werewolves of London, Dust In The Wind, Two Tickets To Paradise, Miss You, Beast of Burden, Just What I Needed, Who Are You, Paradise By The Dashboard Light, Sultans Of Swing, With A Little Luck, Hot Child In The City,
I needed to get really good at taking photos with the telephoto lens. So I started photographing birds and squirrels, which is not easy with a telephoto lens. Also photographed people in motion, jogging, etc. This is in all to get ready for the ultimate test the Stones Concert at Soldier Field. The Reader (alternative newspaper) was having a Rock concert Photo Contest which was another incentive to do well at the Stones Concert. Working the grocery store was getting me photo gigs as I talked to the customers if we had conversations. I only brought it up if they asked how I was doing. This strategy got me some regular gigs and at the same time the grocery store provided me with Insurance and a 401 . Still fun trying to win concert tickets at WLS and Super CFL. The best thing was when the Stones tickets went on sale it was at Solders Field so they would sell standing room tickets if it got to that and would be like 70 thousand tickets. It would be easy to get around with group of people and photograph the concert. The tickets went on sale and I got 2 nose bleed seats by the Pillars. The concert was July 8th, it was a normal July day Hot!! The way to go was to take the train in as 70,000 people descending to one basic place Soldiers Field is not a car event. In the past taking the train to go to school made a easy decision to avoid the driving headache. Bringing in cameras was OK then. I had Cannon with a Regular lens and a long telephoto lens and 10 rolls of film. The Stones would be coming out with sun at my back so very good photographing conditions. There was a couple of groups going on first so it was a long hot afternoon. I spent the afternoon scouting out best lines of sight on photographing the Rolling Stones. It was pretty easy to walk around as the heat kept most people very docile. The Stones were to go on around 7 PM. It was the heat that was the crowd control. As the Rolling Stones came out it was my chance to climb to walkway beside the stage to get the best shots right away as the sun is in perfect position to get great shots. Mick and Ronnie came up close so the great shots were in the can. Since Soldier Field is wide and long Mick literarily had to run from side to side an also had an island to run out to, so the great shots came my way early. Good thing because Mick spent the next 2 plus hours running from one side to the other and then to the island. to be continued......
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Fantasy Park was an Music Festival that was completely created in studio to simulate a Woodstock type 3 Day Concert with announcers of the acts and also to the audience as if it is happening before their eyes. The use of audience sounds as if each act came to the imaginary stage and played before them. It was played on over 200 radio stations in 1975 and 1976. It was very successful. It was created at KNUS, Dallas. Producer Steven Blackson and Host Fred Kennedy with Rod Serling (Twilite Zone, Night Gallery) was the moderator on the hour to say the Fantasy Park concert the best concert that never happened. The Chicago broadcast WDAI (now WLS-FM) edited out allot of Serlings announcements with local comment or Serlings announcements not played at all. I myself Spent 2 plus days recording it on Reel To Reel (12 Reel to Reels- both sides-Speed 3.75) which I still have today. I was contacted by Director Rachel Mills who is directing a short documentary about Fantasy Park and was looking for a copy of Fantasy Park because the creators of Fantasy Park did not have a copy of it. I chose not to give it to them because the offer was a foot note in the documentary. I'm hoping she has better handle on what Fantasy Park is and what it really physically occupies now that she said she has found a copy. Hopefully not a second generation copy. Look for the documentary 2020 as is the 45th anniversary of Fantasy Park. We will be playing Fantasy Park when the documentary on Fantasy Park is aired, and as we have in the past, the 46th anniversary 2021 as years in the past. This radio station's goal is to provide the best music ever produced,
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