Monday, July 31, 2006

It Was Fun While it Lasted, Like Gandhi When He Fasted

Next week will be my last as the editor of this publication. So please note that if you have been kind enough to save me some work, some keystrokes by emailing your contributions to the newsletter to me, you'll soon receive instructions on what to do after next week.

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank some folks that I got to know over the years through my employment with Cheapo and who I am a much better person for our association. Most of these folks have long since moved on to other things, other places but still I hope they know how much I appreciate them.

There's Bill Seeler the man who interviewed and hired me all those years ago. Bill seemed so tired and weary (of life and of work) but he never gave less than his best and had the highest integrity. He was funnier than hell and quite the expert on all things classical.

Thanks too to Johnny Baynes, Brian Haws, Mike Nordgaard, Leah Hosmer, Stephanie Lamson, Paul Young, Fernande Rodgers, Jason Shields, Scott and Sarah Kuzma, Jennifer Stewart, Pat Wheeler, Sam Schneider, and Jeanette Brown.

Finally and foremost I have to thank Al. I've learned so much from him. He's given me opportunities that I'm not sure many people would have even considered. I respect him more than he'll ever know. I know this company will find a way to keep on keeping on. Al will see to that.

See you all next week.


Amber Nicole said...


I came across your blog. I am originally from Minnesota but now a New Yorker. Grew up in the Macalester-Groveland neighborhood. Spent many hours at Cheapo records back in the day.

Thanks for mentioning Fernande in your newsletter. She was my cousin and my closest friend. Sadly, she passed away in 1996. I am glad to know that others remember how witty, charming and overall wonderful she was!


David E Maeda said...

Thanks for the note Amber. I'm so sad to hear about Fernande. I knew she had gotten sick but I lost touch with her. She really was a great co-worker and friend and she always knew how to make me smile...