Re: [bbshop] What hooked you...
- I'm surprised that I can remember anything that long ago, however:
My high school choir teacher, Dr. Homer Hummel, was a member of the Hollywood
(CA) chapter and he brought quartets down to our choir banquets. Later he got
my girl friend singing in a girls quartet publicizing the annual. I went
straight out of HS into USAF and, while stationed in the San Bernardino area,
our base USO had the local (Colton CA) chapter over to entertain us. I joined
the next week. I was sent to Colorado, joined the Denver chapter, and when I
got out of the service, I couldn't find a chapter in the Los Angeles area.
Until I was driving down the street one day and saw a car with a barbershop
emblem on the back. I literally ran the guy over to the curb, almost causing
an accident, and found out where the local chapter met. I hope to get my 50
year pin in Nashville next year.
Once, when I did not remember when I joined, I asked Kenosha to confirm the
date. They sent me the chapter secretary's report and it showed two members
who joined that month. I was one and the other was Gerald (Jay) Wright, bass
of the Sidewinders, 1965 Gold Medal Quartet.
By the way, Dr. Hummel managed to snag at least one more member, Mike Senter,
Bass of the Golden Staters.
Shelley A. Herman
- Shelley A. Herman said in his post he had to call Kenosha to find out the
date he joined the Society. I don't know how long they have been doing this,
but SAI has the month and year I joined on my membership card. This date was
transferred to the new card I received when I transferred to another chorus a
year and a half ago.
Peggy B2, tenor
Fox Valley Chorus
- I'd enjoyed the Buffalo Bills in the Music Man and the
Perry Como show, but what hooked me was an 'accidental
taping' of a special on our PBS station. I was trying
to tape a Star Trek episode and missed by one channel.
When I went to check the tape, it started with a song
by Showtime. It took about 30 seconds to hook me.
When I found out Showtime was 'local talent' (I live
in the Tampa Bay area) I started looking around at
what was available and found Gulf to Bay Chorus. The
rest is <*ahem*> history!?!?! :)
I'm on my fifth quartet, am a chorus officer, and I'm doing
websites for choruses who don't have one... and singing
every chance I can. (They have to pay me to shut up! :)
Mary Jo Hurd
Gulf to Bay Chorus technodweeb & Secretary
SA Region 9 Website Editor