Thursday, March 01, 2007
Thank you for coming tonight - the reason I have called this meeting, is....
THIS YEAR WILL MARK the 30th anniversary of the accident that took the life of Bill Compton and almost - Kathy Radina. I remember sitting uselessly and helplessly with Nina Joy in Kathy's hospital room. There was nothing to be said and Nina said it eloquently.
If I remember correctly, it was the day before the Summer Solstice. Sad but somehow appropriate for Little Willy Sunshine.
In 1996 a bunch of us got together at Papago Park in the steamiest, scorchiest part of the year. I have always wondered how it is that we don't FEEL that. Must be a dry heat. That winter back in Texas, I repeated the hospital scene of 1977 with my wife somehow surviving the wreck that killed our 12-yeqr-old daughter, Summer.
At the 1996 reunion I met Wonderful Russ on the bridge over the Papago Park lake that night. We immediately hit it off and began sharing jokes and diatribes that have spilled over annoyingly to hundreds of email exchanges that finally resulted in the birth of the KCAC Lives! blog where it has taken on an element of class and group participation that has become a rallying media.
I miss Russ. He doesn't BLOG much. The Man You Love To Hate. The consumate salesman.The guy that somehow, seems like a telemarketer without a phone. A beloved antithesis of really, all we despise about America. Some people really DO hate him - and they don't KNOW why. He is THAT GOOD with his act.
THEREFORE I am going to publicly suggest that a reunion be held once again, at Papago Park or South Mountain or Alwun or any location that will acomodate a few hundred people, in honor of Bill Compton as near to The Solstice as is practical. It happens that Bill's sister Carole (Compton) Glenn has a birthday right around that time as well.
Kids, hippies and naked people welcome. Leave your ID and shirts at the door and let's find each other.
I will make a final, superhuman effort to attend and bring my family if possible. If not possible, I will come without them.
So that is my proposal ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for coming tonight, you will find a prospectus at the door next to the sleeping bags and the DVD's of the "2007 30th Anniversary Reunion" project are free.