1. I lived in Israel for almost a year, 1974. I drove a tractor near Haifa for part of the year and worked with chemists near Bethlehem to extract impurities from metals that were processed for munitions.
2. I had a conversation with B F Skinner while he was still teaching in Boston in 1972. I was visiting Harvard (my girlfriend's uncle was a professor there. His name was John Kenneth Galbraith) and attended a student leadership training conference while there prior to leaving for the Poconos. I called Dr Skinner and asked him how he was doing. He invited me for coffee. I was 19 years old. Dr Skinner wrote "Walden II".
3. I helped a friend judge bikini contests in Clearwater, Florida in 1975. When I returned from San Francisco one of my college pals invited me to hang out with him in Florida, and we shared a condo together. He worked for Plough Inc. and represented Coppertone Tanning Products. He had the job of a lifetime judging bikini contests and I helped him for a few weeks
4. I was a piano student of Johnny Mathis' piano teacher, Art Bayer, in 1975 in San Francisco. At the same time I was composing and working on my first published and recorded works for piano. I had a part time job working in a clothing store where the Pointer Sisters loved to shop. I lived in Berkeley for a short time and moved to the city in the early spring.
5. I played in Steinway Hall in both New York and London in 1974 between flights. I made few extra stops between Israel and New York, had this great opportunity, and was given a personal tour of the Steinway factory in Long Island.
6. I played solo piano for 30 minutes at an Allman Brothers concert at the same place where the Beatles played in Memphis. The Allman Brothers were late arriving fo the show so the Coliseum manager asked me to play solo while the audiences were arriving and settling in.
7. I flew in a Blue Angels Air show in 1984 at the Naval Air Station in Millington, Tennessee. I had an opportunity to fly an old warbird with another pilot.
8. I played chess with the great songwriter, John Hartford in the Ozarks. John was there for a bluegrass festival that I attended. I play the banjo, too, but the old style mountain claw-hammer way. We broke the monotony by playing chess together. I beat him.
9. I tuned Bob Dylan's piano in Greenwich village. I was at Folk City in the Village and Bob's mentor, Mike Porco, asked me to play. The piano was out of tune so I went out, bought a tuning hammer, came back and tuned it.
10. I spent the day with Pete and Toshi Seeger, had ice cream with them in 1991 and drove them to the airport. Pete was here for the dedication of the National Civil Rights Museum and he called me while I was at home and invited me to spend the day with him, his wife and their grandson, Tao.
I was at Elvis Presley's home the day he died and left Graceland about 30 minutes before the ambulance arrived. Around 1pm August 16, 1977. I was visiting his Uncle with a friend of mine from Great Britain.
And now for fun:
I spent the day with
Eddie Haskell (ken Osmond) and
Lumpy (the late Frank Bank) from
'Leave It to Beaver'
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