Interesting facts you may not know about
the 1010 people and our ever widening circle of friends and family.
According to John Wallerich: Hunter
S. Thompson documented the 1010 Balloon Activities Group live
performance on the Playboy Yacht at the Venetian Night Parade on
Chicago's lakefront in 1969 in one of his books.
In 1980 Janna was courted by Warner Amex to host a new cable show
called MTV. While visiting NY after college Janna became friends
with a local TV show host... David Letterman! Janna's father and my friend, Prentis Cosby, played
drums with Glen Miller's band!
In the late 1980's Linda worked at a London dress shop and became
good friends with Princess Diana who frequently shopped there.
Linda also flew to Isle of Sky with Paul McCartney and a dozen or so
friends where they all partied and swam with sharks. She said Paul
was just like a regular guy having fun with them all. Linda grew
up a few blocks from Apple Studios.
In 1970 while visiting Rome, late at night Russ snuck into "The
Coliseum" and walked atop the narrow stone walls in the arena as rats
rushed around the ground beneath.
Became a Chicago Playboy Bunny in
1973 while developing her modeling and sales career. During her tenure
with the Chicago Club, she became Playboy's Promotional Bunny, attending
advertising functions in the City and flying on the Playboy jet to out
of state events representing the company. As a model Joan worked
for Evans Furrier doing local television commercials, Sears Robuck
catalog as well as numerous modeling and tradeshow events for many
Was hugged and kissed by George Harrison's sister Louise after
spending two hours with her in 2003.
1. In 1969 jammed with then unknown guitarist "Steve Miller".
2. In 1997 was nominated by "Today's Chicago Woman" magazine as "one of
Chicago's 50 Most Eligible Bachelors". Go figure.
In 1990 had dinner with director John Hughes ("Home Alone", "Planes
Trains & Automobiles", etc.)
Played cello for Page and Plant on the South East leg of their 1995
One of the original members of the legendary "Shadows of Knight"
singing and playing guitar on the hit record "Gloria" in 1965 and all
Shadows of Knight albums.
Met Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues in on a chance encounter in
Cleveland in 1980 and stayed up talking almost all night.
1. In 1982 performed twice on "Star Search" with his band, "The
Press". They won the first round! The Press also opened
for Cindy Lauper and Peter Frampton and received lots of airplay in
2. Was one of Herman's Hermit's when they played in Atlanta one night in
3. Played "Jackson" in the off-Broadway musical, Pump Boys and Dinettes,
in the late 80's in Traverse City, MI. After the shows, Matt
partied with Joanne Worley (Laugh In) and Marcia Wallace (Bob Newhart
George "Oz" Ostrum:
1. Played Guitar with Steve Allen
As guitarist for Virginia Clemens, opened for Leon Russell at the Rivera
Theater in 1978
3. Every Chicago Blues musician I've ever met, knows "Oz".
While visiting Liverpool for 10 weeks in 1968, Linda ran all over
town with Neil Aspinall (Friend of the Beatles and now President of Apple Records) who was dating her
cousin. At Neil's home, the phone rang and Neil asked Linda to
answer the call. Voice asked for Neil. Linda asked who was
calling. Voice said "This is Ringo." Linda's comment:
"EEK!" Linda also dated Terry Sylvester of the "Swingin' Blue
Jeans" who later replaced Graham Nash in the "Hollies" when Graham left
to join "Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young". And... walking
down the street physically collided with... George Harrison!
Linda was at Woodstock! She was also personal friends with John Belushi and held his hand
during the media debut of "The Blues Brothers" movie.
While attending College of DuPage, Al entered a talent contest and
won over John Belushi simply by being silent and looking like John
Lennon! Al also represented us all attended the Memorial Concert for George Harrison at the Royal
Albert Hall in London.
1. Played guitar on Bonnie Raitt's debut LP on Warner Bros.
2001 has performed for sold out crowds in Costa Rica and Bora Bora,
In the mid 1970's, Bill met with Lou Adler in Hollywood. He
played the three tracks posted in the Bill Shaw section of "Listen
to the Music" for Mr. Adler. First track was ok. Second
track was ok. Third track featuring Russ Fields singing...
Mr. Adler said "Now this I can work with. Work more on it and get
back to me." Bill quickly tired of the Hollywood scene and never
got back to Lou Adler.
1. Set up the stage equipment for Jimi
Hendrix at Atlanta Pop Festival.
2. While working on a remodeling project, Scot climbed through a window
greeted by Michael Douglas eating a bowl of cereal wearing only boxer
shorts saying "Who the hell are you!"
3. Built custom furniture for Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, Lionel
Ritchie, Hans Zimmer, Mary Hart (E.T.), Steven Cannell (Writer, TV.
producer and all around Genius), The Mirage hotel, The Taj Mahal (New
4. Played guitar and sang with Donovan live on the air at WSDM in 1967.
While visiting our mutual friend, Caleb Church in the Church family
home on South Garfield Street in Hinsdale one day in 1967, Caleb's
father invited Bill to meet a special guest in their home that day.
Bill walked in to the living room to be introduced to Dr. Martin Luther