I must say, this was one of the best
times I have had, in many a year. It was a roaring success.
Several hundred invited guest attended.
The best part, was when so many from the group, got together
for the first time. Those attending from here were: Amy "The
Banner Queen" Johnquest, Amy "Amsha" Kay, Harley "The Hunk"
Newman, Johnny Fox, John Bradshaw, James Taylor and myself,
I have overlooked anyone, please forgive. The opening was
catered, and the best part was the candy apples, cotton
candy and corn dogs.
There was also a wine table set up with several wines, red
and white, there for tasting. The Girls and I soon found
out, the wine guy was the one to suck up to. I had him
trained so well, all I had to do was walk slowly by the
table, with an empty glass in hand, and by the time I was
past it, the glass was full.
Everything was as it would have been in the 30's and 40's at
a real Dime Museum, minus the wine guy.
James was the official man of the hour, all decked out in
his top hat, but I think he looked more like a Funeral
Director, with his little furry face. Kathleen Kotcher,
James' right arm, was the official greeter. We on this
group, have been through so much together, it was only
fitting that we all made the jump to Baltimore, for this one
day show. We did just what many performers did in the past,
by joining up with the show, in what ever town USA, was the
spot we were booked to play.
Harley the "Hunk", put on really great entertainment, my
personal favorite was the 4 nail bed, which I would have
done just about anything to try. He does a great volcano, at
the end of the fire eating part of his act. He did the nail
bed, and had 5 people stand on his beautiful body at the end
of the nailbed act.
The young man who did the Sword swallowing, and whose name
escapes me at the moment, I believe they called him David,
did a short sword, long sword and a crooked sword. He was a
little nervous, as it is hard to perform in front of so many
other performers, but I think he did a really great job, he
drops them without any effort or gaging, which is a plus in
Atomic Books, which is right next door, and carries just
about every odd book you can imagine, was packed the whole
evening. They carry the Shocked & Amazed line, and even have
magnets for on your refrigerator, and banner night lights.
They carry the Freak collector cards also. You can find them
on-line at Atomic Books.
Scott, the owner was there to meet everyone, and Sarah,
Scott's right arm, kept everything under control. He has
some great banners on display and the paintings of Mother
and Bobby Reynolds, that were used for the covers of the
Shocked & Amazed magazines.
Speaking of banners, the Banner Queen did one for me of
Mother that was so beautiful, I am having her do one of my
Dad to match.
She brought it to me at the opening and it was the hit of
the evening. Every body, that is anybody, was photographing
it. I think she got some future work out of it. She does
such good work, it takes your breath away. She truly is the
The bunch of us got together, for a group picture before we
called it a night, and just wanted Slim to know, he was
there in Spirit, and yes we did talk about him, but it was
good talk, we just wished he could have been there with us.
This was a night to remember, and I feel really blessed, to
have the great friends I have met through this group.
R.I.P. HRH The Queen