Sunday, June 17, 2007

Mickey Jones and Me

Forty years ago I was working as a stagehand at NBC studios in Burbank, California. I worked on many shows including: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Phyllis Diller and Laugh In. One time I was working the Dean Martin show and I heard that Kenny Rogers and the First Edition were going to appear. Their song "Just Dropped in to See what Condition My Condition was In" was one of my favorites so I went back to the dressing room to see if I could get their autograph. They were very nice and every member of the band signed a piece of sheet music.
Kenny Rogers
Thelma Camacho
Terry Williams
Mike Settle
and
Mickey Jones.
You may not know it but you have probably seen Mickey before. He usually plays a big Biker Dude. He was in a popular Breath Saver commercial and he was a regular on Home Improvement.
Flash forward 40 years and I hear the DJ on Boomer 100.7 say that Mickey Jones would be appearing on his show the next day. I called up Big Jack and Bryan and told them I had Mickey's autograph. They were excited and asked me to fax it to them.
The next day I was listening as Bryan interviewed Mickey
When he showed him the copy of the autographed sheet music, Mickey was blown away.
"That's the real deal," he said.
On Saturday they were going to have a motorcycle rally to raise funds for Cancer research and guess who was going to be the Master of Ceremonies.

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I told Mrs. Geezer that we needed to drive to Ontario for the festivities. We got there just in time for the Loud Pipe contest.
This girl won the contest with her Harley. Look at Mickey plugging his ears.

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I entered the Tattoo contest but there was some tough competition.

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Everybody is impressed by my 'Prison Tat'.

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The Wild Card Band was playing so I asked them if I could sit in on a song. They were nice enough to let me.
(If I know there is going to be live music, I always take my Harmonica Belt... Just in case)

Here I am playing along with the ZZ Top song, Tush.

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We had a great time. We'll be back next year and so will Mickey.

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