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  • Oh man, Geoff... Great story...

    Thanks.. really..
    I was 6, maybe 61/2 years old when I first hear Jean.. I would have to get under a double quilted bed cover with a small work lamp, on a sunday night, at, I think, the outrageuos hour of 9pm when his show was featured on WOR..out of NYC
    I was crossing a majorrrr line there, but for Wanda Hickey? man , there wasn't anything i wouldn't do to find out if Swartz would ever find out about What a KIss was.. ( I only knew, IHAD TO KNOWWWWW) and this was the only passport I had.... )
    My old wooden turntable radio unit , tube lit, was forbidden to use after 8, so like everything else I wanted to do, I just pretended there were no rules.. ( its just radio.. i thought) and went ahead and listened to how the boys, THE Gang met up at a summer fair on a friday night, or at a school yard fight, or at Gibsons 5 and 10 for a soda pop or a cone, midweek, which was the height of outrageous behavorior, mid week..
    Those adventures broke all barriers for me at a time when I was just finding out, some people took that crap seriously..
    Jean jean jean.. I tried crawling inside those tubes, just to see if I could find you!

    and I wanted to hear just a little better so I would gently roll the knob south, to get a little clearer idea about how Fleck was planning on holding Wanda's hand, when I would hear the "Old man" shouting upstairs to shut that radio off'''
    and I wouldn't, even if I didn't know what the Finger was... but I found out that, and more from Jean.... I'd turn the volume down, way down, but put my little ear right next to the ripped paper speaker and pretend I was in deep space, trying to find my way home from some desperate space battle, just so I too, could re-inact that first kiss ..
    Wanda Wanda Wanda... Wanda Hickey... There was soooo much promise in that name, and I never thought for a minute she, wasn't real... and the Gang?, well, it just didn't matter about them.... It was always Wanda"

    "SHUTTTTTT that radio offffffffff"

    Thanks for that Geoff


    W aaa nnn dddd aaaa Hickey.... WOWWWWWWWWW
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