born in San Francisco, 1942
first thing my daddy told me
“son, this town going make a
fool out of you.”

that sounded okay to me.
So I stuck around
and here I am
a fool for love
a fool for joy
a fool of fate
you one too?

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  1. I read that you are familiar with Noel Francis after she left Hollywood in 1937. I am on a facebook movie group of the 30s and she came up, but her bio is totally missing the last 22 years of her.life between 1937 and 1959. She died in LA, but findagrave.com didn’t have info on where she was buried. Was she ever married or had children? Such a beautiful lady and actress and no info. would appreciate any help you can provide. Thanks.


    • Good Lord. Yes, I know a little about Noel,although perhaps not as much as you’d wish. My dad was in business with her for a few years back in the Forties. My desktop has to go to the computer hospital and I’m not very good at cellphone tapping, so it’ll be a few days. Interesting question!


  2. Hi Christopher, I was referred to you by Linda Newton. I’m writing The Encyclopedia Of Jerry Garcia Music Venues. I’m interested in more details on the pre-March 15, 1963 camping night with Jerry Garcia and Ron McKernan. Where did you camp? What music festival did you attend that day? Who else was with you? This would be prior to the Monterey Folk Festival in May, 1963. Any other Garcia related stories from the Coffee Gallery or Coffee and Confusion? Or any of the other early venues? My email is slipnut01@gmail.com Thanks, Harry


    • Hey Harry, I been thinking about this. We were at the Monterey Folk Festival.. It was spring of 1963.
      I went on Google Maps this morning and studied the area around the Monterey Fairgrounds. We must have been camping in what is now the Monterey Pines RV Campground. The campspot was ad hoc, in a semi-wild park area a little higher than the Fairgrounds but quite nearby. You could hear the music coming from down below.
      We were told by other folks you could camp there. I remember hearing Bob Dylan onstage so we must have been close. (remember this was over fifty years ago and my memory may be faulty). I had my guitar out and was screwing around, then Ron showed up and started playing his harp – and we had a lot of fun playing and singing together.
      I don’t remember Jerry being there. Of course he was very much present at the festival itself. His banjo playing made a helluva impression on people.

      Have you seen my book, The First Few Friends I Had? In it I tell the story of a long weekend in Camp Meeker (Russian River area) , probably in the Fall of ’63, possibly 1962. Jerry was there. It’s a good piece if you haven’t seen it.


  3. Hi Christopher,
    Thank you for the info on Monterey. I’m aware of the Garcia Camp Meeker performance but have not seen your book yet. I do have a photo Pete Wernick sent me for use in the book.


  4. I wrote the book “inside a Hippie Commune” I have stories about Pig Pen And Jerry Garcia but in 1967 at MontereyPop Festival


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