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January 27, 2014

I met Hans Olson at Janie's after work on Friday to jam on the soundtrack for "The 66 Kid." Hans and I go way back and he has the perfect, bluesy-rock touch for the sound I'm looking for. He asked me about certain lyrics I had sent him and what the significance was.


Mo-ped Mamas at the Snow-Cap Drive-in

Uptight boyfriends, 'Where the hell you been?'


And, so, I told him. I predict it's all going to be Bitchin' with a capital B.


Worked all weekend on Signature Five, lining out copy, illustrations and photos. Found early photos of the Radinas in Saginaw, Michigan and called Grandma Betty to interview her on when exactly they came to Arizona (August, 1958) and how she felt about the move: "Very traumatic."


Here is the view this morning at Command Central.



Command Central for Sig #5, 6 a.m. at the breakfast table


Check out those finished pages in yellow. Feels good. Only eight more to go. The photos at left, center are the Michigan photos of the Radinas, the sketchbook details notes on going to The Rainbow Ball in sixth grade, when the high school girls towered over me. The clipped True West Moment at upper right will appear in the book in Sig 12, the bio on Andy Devine, clipped from the Arizona Republic and written by John Stanley, will help me write my version of Jingles as a Legend of the Road, and an in progress roadscape twisting the horizon into a crazy vanishing point.


"The pay in Arizona in those days was terrible. We started running out of money so I got a job at Saint Joe's Hospital. I got my first paycheck for two weeks and it was for about $200, less than half of what I would have made in Michigan."

—Betty Radina

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Comment by Wolfgang on January 27, 2014 at 9:49am

Bob . . . . me thinks you are working toooo hard.    :)


. . . but as long as it is fun . . . . keep doing it.  

Comment by Mundo Osterberg on January 27, 2014 at 7:24pm

Do you, Hans or Joe remember The Goose Creek Symphony, they put Phoenix on the map for I think 3 months.

Comment by Bob Boze Bell on January 28, 2014 at 6:34am

Yes, I remember Goose Creek very well. In fact, one of the bands I was in opened for them in Tempe. Their manager, George Laibe (The Laib Man) worked for me several years ago as a sales person. He was also, for a time, Willie and Waylon's manager and he has great stories.

Comment by Gold Lady on January 28, 2014 at 8:19am

Bob, your Not-So-Gentle-Tamer statue is the What is it? question of the week in the Prescott newspaper-

Comment by Margaret-Anne Moore on February 1, 2014 at 1:16pm

Is the Snow Cap Drive in still there.  We may go through that area this summer, and I would like to  stop there.

Comment by Bob Boze Bell on February 1, 2014 at 4:36pm

Yes, the Snow Cap Drive-in still stands. Out of all the casualties on the road, it is through the sheer persistence of the Delgadio family that it continues to defy gravity. Down the street, the Copper Cart is gone, after a half century of surviving, but the Snow Cap still stands.

Comment by Margaret-Anne Moore on February 1, 2014 at 5:20pm

Speaking of buildings  "defying gravity"--I believe it was Eastman who stated that when President Harry Truman came into office that the second floor of the White House was still on top of the first floor only  "by force of habit."  Many people do not realize that the Truman's never actually lived in the White House, according to an interview with the former President some years after he left office.  During his Presidency, the Executive Mansion was being completely restored, and the Trumans actually resided in the Blair House.


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