Wednesday, January 09, 2008
After watching the college football bowl marathon I came away with memories of time in college. Since a lot of these bowls have been played for years there were a lot of references to the different years big events happened. I remembered that forty years ago this February when I was in college there was a big event in my life and forty years later it’s come to life again.
In 1968 I was part of a group of students that promoted a concert at our college. It was in
The town was buzzing, the radio stations were on it, the TV stations called for interviews and we eagerly awaited the date in early February. After a wild game of phone calls and inquiries with the booking agent and airlines we, as a group, arrived at the Sacramento International Airport and welcomed Mr. Hendrix, Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell and the rest of the colorful English crew to Sacramento and spent the rest of the evening at the Holiday Inn and several nightclubs getting to know each other. The next day the show went off spectacularly and opened the door to many more concerts over the next year. Our group changed somewhat and became more professional but that night with The Jimi Hendrix Experience always stuck with me. That’s what brings this up today. A year or so ago I wrote a story of that concert which appears on a web site from
As I spoke with my old college buddies I had to laugh at the way an event like that has managed to live on in at least some of our lives. Yesterday I was rolling my eyes when the football announcer was going on about the big event “back in ‘68” yet today I was burning up the cell phone and email wires with details of the big event “back in ‘68”, but you know; it’s just Time!
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