Here's a preview of a new children's story that Kent Grubbs and I are creating. It's an outer space story and it's already a lot of fun. I suggested to Kent that we needed to combine the old Flash Gordon movies, 1950's Sci-Fi movies and Monty Python. We seem to have no problems doing this. We create a story as we go along and this one's in its infancy.

Life is good for Baby, whether he's on the set shooting scenes for space stories, or whether he's  just enjoying being alive and healthy at home. 

Here's a recent search engine I found.

And George just takes life easy, too. He's an extra in the new story. But he has a beautiful voice and he's taking singing lessons with the hopes of someday being a star all on his own. But for now, he's still under contract to work with Baby.

Two little ol' ladies getting ready to go to church.

                     And their husbands sneaking off to go shoot a game of pool.

Speaking of singing, here's an image of my brothers and me taken in 1967. We had a good rock band that started in playing gigs in the late 1950's--still in the innocent infancy of rock music. Here we are posing in front of the band's equipment van. We put thousands of miles on that van. 

During the 23 years I played professionally, I played in the some of the craziest places in the world. Here's one of my favorite memories, playing a gig in Juarez, Mexico with a dear friend, Wally Davidson (far left).

Here's an image of me playing one of my last gigs for the Venice First Baptist Church.  This was one of the two most exciting gigs I ever played. It was the Passion play and we drew in over 600 people each night, five nights in a row. And we COOKED! These were some of the best and most professional musicians I'd ever worked with in my life. The other gig was probably in 1959 and it was a little talent show at the O.L Slaton Jr. High School auditorium--the first time I ever played in front of a live audience--I'd been playing drums for only a few weeks! We were the big attraction--there were very few rock bands back in those days. After the talent show was over, they shut the curtains and while we were setting up, the announcer told the audience (many youngsters) that they had a rock band behind the curtain, getting ready to perform. THIS BROUGHT THE HOUSE DOWN!!! From the screams and squeals, you'd have thought they'd announced the arrival of Elvis! God watched over me during these years and kept me safe from many bad things and also forgave me when I made the wrong decisions. 

                                                 1965                                                                              2006

I got to play with or be in the "front band" for some heavy hitters including Jackie Wilson, Johnny Rivers, Freddie King, Bobby Goldsboro, Johnny Crawford (Rifleman's son) and Joey Dee (Peppermint Twist). Oh, and I forgot--the Crickets, including the real Peggy Sue. I also got to meet Jimmy Gilmore and the Fireballs while doing a recording session at Norman Petty's studio in Clovis, N.M., the morning after they cut "Sugar Shack." They asked us what we thought about it and I complimented them. I really thought it was about the worst song I'd ever heard in my life. I was totally surprised when it went to No. 1 in the nation a few weeks later. 

He might not look it, but George is one of the smartest dogs I've ever known. And he's a very gentle guy.

This page wouldn't be complete without including Delilah. Here's a typical scene when I'm writing a book in the lanai. The kids will invariably show up and sleep out there while I do my work.

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