I don’t know why, but I get attached to people! Not to the creepy point, not stalker-ish, but it is attachment just the same!
When I was in grade school, I heard the Beatles, I think it was 3rd grade, and it was” Hello Goodbye”, I was hooked on the Beatles. When I hear that song, I vividly remember sitting in the back seat of my parents car, listening. I am surprised though, because my parents weren't Beatles fans, I think it just randomly came on the radio!
In 7th grade, I started watching “Alias Smith and Jones” on TV. It was on every Thursday night, for a couple of years. I had a major crush on Pete Duel, who played Hannibal Hayes. I mean, this was a HUGE crush! My parents took me to Universal Studios in 1971 around Christmas time, which is where they filmed the show. We toured, I saw some of the sets, and even better, I saw them filming (from far away)! The next morning, we went to breakfast, and it was all over the news. Pete Duel was dead!! He shot himself. I was devastated. My parents didn’t know what to do or say. It was as if I had lost a close family member! (I still LOVE Pete Duel)
In high school, I liked a lot of rock and roll bands, but in early high school, I loved Three Dog Night! My favorite was Cory Wells! I went to two of their concerts, screamed my head off, in a young teenage girl kind of way! I finally met Cory Wells when I was about 35! I also named my son Corey (not spelled the same, but still…) Later in high school, I loved Aerosmith. They were really bad boys! They actually kinda scared me, but I went to every concert they held in Seattle! Even now, when I want to rock out while cleaning my house, I put on some old Aerosmith! (That and AC/DC!)
As an adult, I still loved music, still loved the Beatles, and after John Lennon died, I started collecting Beatles memorabilia. I have quite a collection! But, I was listening to the radio a lot, and one radio program hooked me. It was Pat Cashman! I listened to him every morning on the way to work. I felt like I knew him, and he was a friend. Then one day, he was just gone! That's radio for you! One time at a fundraiser, he was MC'ing, and I told him I loved his radio show and listened all the time! He said, "Oh, YOU were the one!!!"
I fell into a funk, who would I listen to now? I didn’t listen to the radio for a while, but one day, I was working, and I had heard someone talk about this radio show they liked, and the funny Twisted Tunes, so I searched on the radio dial, and eventually, I found the Bob Rivers Show. Again, I was hooked. I loved him and his crew! I found something in each person to relate to. Bob is my age, his kids were the same age as mine, he reminded me of my husband, Rick in a lot of ways! Spike was having teenager trouble with his daughter, which I was having with my son, and could empathize with. Joe’s daughter is the exact same age as my niece, and is interested in singing, just like my niece. Again, I felt like they were good friends of mine. They went off the air for a while, and I paniced! I went to their listener parties, and they said they would be back, so that soothed me a little! They did come back, and in total, I listened to them for 12 years!