of Birth: Waycross, Georgia and, no, I don't give a hoot in
hell for the Georgia Bulldogs
The Blues (of course), Boating, Fishing, rocking on the porch of my
St. Johns River cabin and Florida Gator sports. Also have a 2007
Shelby Mustang GT500 that I take to Car Shows in Mustang Club Events
in the Central Florida area.
Raised in the wilds of North Central Florida near Gainesville.
Graduated from the University of Florida in 1967. Spent 5 years as a
captain in the U.S. Air Force stationed in Germany before returning
to Orlando, Florida in late 1971. Retired from the commercial
banking business after 35 years. Have been a part time Blues
Programmer since 1991, and now, since retiring, spend most of my
time programming and managing Smokestack Lightnin' which has grown
into a much bigger enterprise than I ever thought possible.
My Mother was my original musical influence. She was big into the
jazz standards of the 40s and 50s (Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Les &
Larry Elgart, Julie London, The Four Freshmen and many more). She
played music virtually every waking hour so it truly is the
soundtrack of my life. When I first discovered Rock & Roll and then
the Blues she thought I had literally lost my mind. Then she caught
on. Before she died she became the biggest fan Stevie Ray Vaughan
ever had. Go figure.
In the Blues my idol and #1 lifetime influence is actually disc
jockey John R to whom I listened every night of my life starting
from about age 10. He was the lead DJ at radio station WLAC in
Nashville and introduced me to the blues with his aggressive
programming. My early favorites were Slim Harpo, Lightnin’ Hopkins,
Muddy Waters, B.B. King and of course The Howlin’ Wolf.
My wife, Susan, of 42 years, passed away in 2009 after a long battle
with M.S. Both kids, Buffy and Steven, are grown and out on their
own so it's just me. “Stinky” my trusty feline companion passed away
in 2014.That's my two Grandsons, Chase and Cole, in the picture.
They live in the Dallas area.
“I bought you a brand new Ford, you said I want a Cadillac! I bought
you a ten dollar dinner, you said thanks for the snack! I let you
live in my Penthouse, you said it was just a shack! I gave you seven
children and now you want to give 'em Back!” Oh Baby, how Blue can
you get? B.B. King , 1963
Second Favorite Quote: “On the plains of hesitation
bleach the bones of countless millions who, at the dawn of decision,
sat down to wait, and waiting died”. Sam Ewing