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August 24, 2015
By Claude Hall
with Rollye James
Gary Allyn: “Well, Claudius ... you done good my old friend.  The first edition of VOX JOX
was outstanding!  Getting Rollye involved is genius.  You know that Rollye will not only do it,
but do it well.  That’s the important thing.  It meets with my utmost approval for sure.  A VOX
JOXer for over 50 years.”
Claude Hall:  “All credit for Vox Jox goes to Rollye James.  However, I will admit to being
the genius who talked her into it!  She’s the editor and publisher.  I’m just one of her
columnists.  And I’m immensely grateful to her for this opportunity.”
Timmy Manocheo: “Hello, Rollye. I forwarded your email notice form this morning to my
many contacts and so far I have received about 6 responses that all say they want to be added
to your listing for Vox Jox.  If you cannot cull them off from this email-chain, then let me
know and I will send you a detailed list of their names and email addresses. Looks as though
you're a big success.  Thanx for all!”

Rollye:  I’m glad you brought that up, Timmy.  Anyone who wants to add themselves to the
list can simply send an email to voxjox-subscribe@voxjox.org.   No need to put anything in
the subject or the body of the email.  It won’t be read by a human.   But make sure to send
from the email address you want subscribed, and that’s it.   Last week, after the column went
out, Timmy sent a link to Bob Johnston's obit.  Bob produced everyone from Patti Page to
Leonard Cohen, Johnny Cash to Alvin Lee, and of course Bob Dylan.  Columbia Records
moved him to Nashville, and though his tenure as head of A&R there lasted only a year, much
came of it, including Cash's live album from  Folsum Prison.   A cosmic coincidence: 
Johnston died just days after Billy Sherrill, the icon who succeeded him at Columbia in 1968. 
Ed Salamon: “Hi, Claude, not many people have had the overview to form an informed
opinion concerning the Top Top 40 Stations All Time.  During the early days of Top 40, most
were only exposed to the limited number of stations that we could receive from wherever we
were.  Because of your Vox Jox vantage point, no one would have a more informed opinion
than YOU, so I am interested on your thoughts on  this article.”

Marlin Taylor: “Hi, Rollye.  While I've never personally known many of the gang that Claude
writes about, I've known their names and have been in the industry as long as they have ...
and, hence, enjoy Claude's musings.  As I turn 80 next week and officially retire from Sirius
XM two days later, I need to have my email address changed.  And, I'm proud to say that I'll
be inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia Hall of Fame in November. (I've
attached my bio as written for that event.)  Thanks so much.  PS -- If I remember correctly, I
listened to you in the late 1990s on WPHT before moving to D. C.”

Rollye:  Hi Marlin!   Yes, you listened to me on 'PHT, and I listened to your handiwork
throughout the country for decades.  You made easy listening a pleasure to hear, and
Bonneville a broadcast force.  It's XM/Sirius' loss that you're leaving, and many listeners join
me in saying that.  Contrats on the Broadcast Pioneers induction.  It's long overdue.  WDVR
was  a legend, in large part due to you.  I'll update your email address, but I removed it from
the column lest you get thousands of letters about your Nigerian bequests. 
Rollye James Cornell:  “Thanks for the wonderful reception to VoxJox.org, where you'll now
find Claude Hall's column each week.  It should be posted every Monday morning, and we'll
send out reminders through this mailing list each week when it's uploaded.  This email
confirms that you're added to our list.  You don't have to do anything.  But if you'd rather not
receive these messages, it's as simple as clicking on this address:
voxjox-unsubscribe@voxjox.org and hitting ‘send’.  To make sure you always get these
messages, add voxjox@voxjox.org to your address book now, so we won't disappear as spam.
If you ever have problems or questions relating to the mailing list, contact us at:
info@voxjox.org.  Please continue to share your thoughts with Claude directly at
ClaudeHall@Yahoo.com.  For links, pictures, graphics and such, please send them directly to
me at info@voxJox.org and I'll get them online.  We all hope Claude will be putting the
column together for along time to come, but I'll be ready to step in whenever he's not up to it.
 My hope is to extend the momentum of the wonderful assortment of personalities he's put
together by making it easy and enjoyable for him to continue to communicate.  I've agreed to
add some of my thoughts from time to time, or at the very least share the messages that I
receive.  Merging mailing lists can create unique havoc. Since I'm not sure how this email will
propagate, whose address will bounce back and how long it will take to reach everyone's
inbox, I'm sending it early.  So if you're reading this before Monday August 24th, please
remember to check VoxJox.org then for Claude's next column. By the week after that, I should
be able to send more timely reminders.  While we may have differing opinions on a wide
range of matters, I believe we're united in our feeling that radio of the 50s and 60s was an
irresistibly compelling force.  We didn't get into radio, radio got into us. It may be gone from
the dial, but it remains in our hearts.  Thanks to each of you for being part of the magic that
shaped so many lives, including our own.”
Claude Hall:  “Beautiful, Rollye!”
Dave Anthony:  “Love the webpage, Claude!  I discovered it August 10 and was struck by how
appropriate it is to see you once again in column format.  Now all you need are some of the
old ads that accompanied the original Billboard version!  Also, I thank you for including my
link in the ‘Our Community’ section.  Or was that Rollye’s doing?  She and I used to talk
decades ago … and I’m afraid it’s been that long since our last conversation.  By the way,
you’ve done something amazing here, Claude.  You’re vital to our industry yet again.”

John Rook: “Claude, thirty years ago having made the decision to move from southern
California to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, a very well-known recording executive asked, ‘is it
anywhere near Des Moines?”  Since then many have discovered Coeur d'Alene.  I'm delighted
to welcome long time pals, Irving Azoff and Joe Smith.  Recently named the ‘number one
mountain town in America’ Coeur d'Alene is described this way’, ‘Coeur d'Alene is cobbled
sidewalks and gas-lit streetlamps and green awnings and red-brick storefronts, behind which
lie attractive little shops, eateries, and galleries.  It sits on an ice-blue alpine lake with 125
miles of shoreline, from which rise 7,000-foot mountains covered in deep-green forest’.

“Not only did our buddy George Wilson say it but so does Tom Bigby & John Rook.  Rollye
James is a fantastic talk show host.  She's also a founding member of the board at the Hit
Parade Hall of Fame where she provides a wealth of knowledge of all genres of popular music
and what a record library this gal has.  Welcome Rollye.  Welcome back Vox Jox.”
Claude Hall:  “Shucks!  You mean to tell me that Coeur d’Alene is not in Texas after all! 
Sounds to me just like the place where Woody Roberts lives.  I swear.”
Red Jones, on-line ‘Carl's Country Classics’:  “As you know, we lost another great man
within our ranks.  Sam Hale and I worked together at WQXI, Atlanta.  He was cofounder of
the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Hall.  Fine individual.  Of the 10 of
us who were inducted in 2008, 6 have passed away.  Just blessed that I am still here.  I always
remember your ‘we come, we do, we go’.  Congrats on the rebirth of Vox Jox.  Way back
there, we were all guilty in our chosen profession of seeking all of the PR we could get.  Vox
Jox was a big answer.  Looking back through my scrapbooks 1948-2012, I had a bunch of
posts in Vox Jox.  Appreciate all you did (and still do) for radio.  There's always a little ham
left in all of us.  Hope you are feeling much better.  Big month for birthdays ... my #84 coming
the 28th.   And, still reading Vox Jox!”
Claude Hall:  “I hope you’re linking your on-line radio program with Rollye’s website.  The
address is somewhere herein.”   [info@voxjox.org]
Jack Casey, WERS, Boston: “Claude – Being the private person he is, I want to clear it with
Bob Henabery before I pass along his contact info.  And as I said, it sometimes takes him
awhile to respond to emails.  BTW, I love the return of Vox Jox.  It was a staple in all of our
careers for a very long time.”
Claude Hall:  I asked Rich ‘Richbro’ Robbin about his early days and he was kind enough to
send the below to us.”

Rich "Richbro" Robbin

Rich Robbin:  “First of all, thanks for your kind comment in last week's Commentary and, yes,
I'd be happy to address your request but just remember you asked for it as this ended up bein'
kinda long; it's tough to really tell one's story half-assed plus the fact I have been have a
reputation for telling someone how to build a watch when all they asked for was the time!  I
grew up in a little suburb of the Twin Cities called Mahtomedi.  My mom loved the radio, had
it on all the time (it seemed) and virtually always on WCCO, "Good Neighbor To The
Northwest" so dominant it was almost unfair to the rest of the stations within 'CCO's 50kw
non-directional (day and night) blowtorch-signal.  We lost mom in August 1956 (I was 12) and
as the rest of our family was going through the process of adjusting to a nanny and later to a
step-mom I found great solace in listening to the radio (to WCCO, of course) especially at
night as it was tough to fall asleep after losin' your mom and having to get used to a
“Ours was a golfing family so in the summer of '58 when I was 14 my best pal suggested we
get season tickets for the old St. Paul Open and get our dads to drop us off in the morning and
pick us up in the afternoon (on their ways to and from work).  When we arrived on the
Wednesday (warm-up day) I noticed four big tents off to the side of the main path from the
parking lot to the course.  Three of 'em had stations seting up, the 4th was just standing there
... but the NEXT day, Thursday, August 14 (a date I will never forget regardless of how far
gone my mind is at the end), parked down a little hill from the 4th tent was a big Ford
panel truck w/the call letters WCCO emblazoned all over it.
“Standing at the open rear doors was a little tiny man mopping his brow.  I had frozen at the
sight of the truck and was apparently in shock just gaping at him at which point he noticed me
HELP ME’, all at the very top of his lungs.  (For the record, this little fellow, the man who
literally lassoed me into my life's work, and to whom I've always been grateful, was named
Chuck Kunze). 
“Of course I scrambled down the hill and we lugged several gigantic equipment cases into the
tent.  I spoke little (one of the few times in my life that ever happened) and followed his
directions which entailed setting up three huge tables covered w/microphones, mixers,
two-way radios to get on-course commentators on the air, a console for the engineer to control
the chaos along w/a special chair for the show's producer, WCCO PD Hank Basayne; all this
in preparation for the Randy Merriman afternoon show: yup, THAT Randy Merriman who
had previously hosted ‘The Big Payoff’ daytime on NBC-TV (according to Wikipedia but I
remember it as having run on CBS earlier in the 50s) which not only included Randy but also
a newsman, two sports guys, two field reporters and, of course, various other station
personalities who just ‘happened’ to drop in ... in other words it was a gang-circus; a simply
collossal remote, a remote to end all remotes but it was in fact the way WCCO did ALL its
remotes ... back in those days ... simply off the charts and into outer space.  My job then
became that of a ‘runner’ going back and forth from the tent to the master-scoreboard with
“I had never lived a day like that before, and have never lived another since, especially when
Bussayne came to me afterward and said ‘kid, you did a helluva job today.  You plannin' to be
here again tomorrow?’ (He had to ASK, for God's sake?)  Of course I answered in
the affirmative all the while trying to keep from busting wide open as that had only been the
greatest day of my life by miles.
“So I showed up the next day (Friday) and Saturday, and Sunday (running for scores again),
and after we'd torn everything down, Hank came up and said ‘there'll be times might be able
to use you so call me in a couple days and leave your number w/my secretary’ at which point
he stuck out his hand in which he was palming a $10 bill (!) and thanked me for all my help.  I
almost dropped dead: $10 ain't like much today but in 1958 a whole season ticket to
the tournament was just $10 so he'd covered me ... but best of all for this 14-year-old kid was
that for whole five days he had been respectful and kind, treating me like a member of his
team; treating me like a grown-up ... and it was WCCO.  Jesus ....
“So, Claude, to answer your question re my views on radio when I first entered into it,
THREE FREEKIN' GUESSES, man!  But seriously, that first experience was breathtaking in
every sense of the word; fantastic and all-consumingly captivating.  I can remember those five
days like they happened last week and have felt the same basic rabid excitement for radio
from that day to my first official on-air position at Armed Forces Radio Saigon
then working through a load of small bergs (weren't big enough to be called markets) up to
Phoenix then San Diego to work for Buzz Bennett at Bill Drake-consulted KGB through the
KCBQ experience and creating K-100 in Los Angeles, owning stations in Tucson, working
several more major-market stations until finally semi-retiring here in San Diego 10 years ago
(w/a nice little voicetracking business until all that all dried up) at which point I came online
with www.richbroradio.com w/oldies (the internet's fantastic:  nobody telling what you can
and can't play so naturally I play what I love/like and don't play what I don't), finally wrapping
my radio career and officially hangin' up the ol' earphones last August here in San Diego
from 1057 The Walrus (one last little gift from the radio gods).  Sure, I countered the normal
mistreatment now and then along the way but hey, everyone's gonna catch their share of crap,
especially those of us who stayed around for more than a half-century!) ... but all in all I
wouldn't trade a single moment of it:  great fun 95% of the time (and gettin' paid for it) and
now at 71 sitting here in San Diego's beautiful Ocean Beach community eight blocks up hill
from the Pacific still in great health at 71 still livin' the California Dream all these years later. 
All in all I'd say I've won!”
Claude Hall:  “Richbro, a fine article.  My compliments and my thanks.”
George B. Segraves: “Bookmarked it, Claude.  Know that probably doesn't seem worth
commenting about but I did it before ingesting ANY caffeine at all, and it's barely 5 a.m.
 Dang!  If I could have been this awake this early during my radio daze, I could have made
sooo much more money, being one of those different-type-entirely morning guys.”
Chuck Buell: “Hello, Claude! -- As you and I are career-long Professional Associates with a
certain degree of respect for one another, I request that you'll hear me out about a comment
that affects me that Larry Cohen made in last week's Vox Jox.  It was in regards to Chicago
Radio Record Promotion. Cohen wrote: ‘(It is said that the Bedno/Wright company in Chicago
was the only true way to WLS.) I'll attest to that from experience’.  You may or may not recall,
for a couple of early 1970s years and during the latter waning of those B/W days, I was a
straight-shooting (probably due to my previous small South Dakota town upbringing) Music
Director at WLS.  Combining visits on Tuesdays and Thursdays of each week, I met on a
regular basis with no less than 40 Music Industry Representatives on behalf of numerous
Record Labels, Private Record Promoters, Singers, Groups, Publishing Companies,
Songwriter Interests, Booking Agencies and Artist Managers with their Talent in Tow.  What
became disconcerting to some record promoters during my days in that Music Director
chair, was my independent ‘ear’ that had an ability to hear, along with the personal
professional freedom to add, non or token supported singers and songs to our on-air Playlist
that I felt had hit potential on their own.  This was done with an equal acceptance of
whomever was behind them.  A few of those new songs were the first hits by such artist
as John Denver with ‘Take Me Home Country Roads’, Carly Simon and ‘That's the Way I've
Always Heard It Should Be’, and Rod Stewart's now signature song, ‘Maggie May’.  Those
coveted ‘adds’ to the Highly Respected and Desired WLS Air were repped by different
individuals who were professional, knowledgeable, hard-working and respectful to their
Business and were not the result of any ‘only (one) true way to WLS’.  Thanks.”
Bill Pearson: “Hi, Claude, you can use my drawings any time.  I'm flattered when you do.  I
hope you're past whatever heart problem you mentioned in this post.  Getting old and wearing
out is such a drag, isn't it.  My complaint this month is that I'm broke after getting my shed
built, and I can't buy any books from Edward Hamilton's latest catalog.  I need more books! 
Still puttering with my novelimp but interrupting myself to do more drawings.  You sure made
a lot of friends in the radio/recording world.”
Claude Hall:  “I got lucky on that friend thing.”  Just FYI, Bill Pearson is a collector of books,
mostly science fiction and fantasy, as well as an artist.
Devon “Doc” Wendell to Don Graham:  “I had the pleasure of finally listening to Matt
Forbes' ‘Could Woulda Shoulda’.  Matt is an exciting and poignant jazz singer who
understands the importance of turning a phrase with dynamics, soul, and originality.  I prefer
his style to some of the more pop-based jazz crooners like Jamie Cullem. Forbes' sound is
more sincere and pure.  It is also obvious that he understands the lyrics to these timeless
standards which sets him apart from a countless number of vocalists who try to tackle
these chestnuts without delving into the lyrics and theme of each composition. The band
swings hard, too.  The thoughtful and tasteful backing of the band accentuates Forbes'
phrasing perfectly.  I am sure that Forbes has a very bright future ahead of him.  This is a
terrific album for all music lovers alike.”
Big Jay Sorensen:  “I didn't give you a Hiya Hiya ... that's Joey Reynolds' thing.  I just give
ONE hiya.  That's all I can muster.  I read that you had some health issues in your column.
 Continued success in beating back that stuff.  I was ill (MRSA) several times in the '00s ...
and I know what it is like to be down for awhile.  But you will rise and be well. I worked at
the same station as Ms. Rollye James.  I did talk on the late WWDB-FM in Philly.  Myself
and my then air-partner Hilarie Barsky were going to be the new morning team when the
Beasley Family decided they had enough of doing TALK on FM in Philly after 25 years.
 They went to an All-'80s format and died with it months later.  They sorta recovered as an
Urban-leaning station until they swapped it with CBS Radio (where I currently work in NYC
at WCBS-FM as you know) in exchange for stations in Tampa.  Anyway, I am sure that she
will continue the excellence in not just writing but keeping the flame alive for years to come.
 My record collection is extensive too.  Oh ... could you add my quite feature-filled website to
your COMMUNITY section please?

“Thanks SO much for the continued work you have done for the radio community.  We're all a
bunch of loons, aren't we?  All except Joey Reynolds.  He's in a class by himself and a friend
for life.  Be BIG!”
Claude Hall:  Just FYI, Joey Reynolds was mentioned on that Morton Downey Jr. show on
TV over the weekend.  And, all link, etc., requests should be emailed to Rollye James Cornell
Scott Paton: “Hi, Claude, I guess I missed a post or two while traveling this month because I
didn't get a hint of you recent health scare until last week's post.  I am so thankful that you are
doing better and I trust that there will be no further ‘bumps in the road’ in the foreseeable
future.  All your admirers and friends want to see you hit the hundred mark, and then we'll
start making requests for bonus time when that rolls around.  Your years well spent have
earned you an appreciative and loving following, Claude.  Don't blow it!  And also, my
condolences to you and Barbara and the Velline Family on the passing of Karen.  You've
written so much about them over the years, it was obvious what they have meant to you.  With
the full effects of Alzheimers' upon him, I can't imagine how devastating this loss is for Bobby
Vee.  And as you and many of your readers have suggested, Bobby is truly one of the nicest
guys ever in the history of the music business.  These things are even more heartbreaking
when they happen to the good guys.  I'll be interested to see how your Commentary melds into
Vox Jox.  Rollye was always fantastic -- no complaints there.  But we don't want you slipping
out the back door either.  Fond regards.”
Don Imus:  “I hope you are well ... and getting better.  I've told you what Vox Jox meant to me
-- how I went from there to one of Time magazine's 25 most influential Americans … to, well
you know.  You and it will always be in my heart.  I love you, Claude.”
Claude Hall:  “Just for the history of it, as far as I can recall, Don Imus is the only person
other than myself to write Vox Jox during my 14 years with Billboard.  As I remember, it was
a hilarious column while I went on vacation.  I kept a copy  in my file for years.”
Kipper McGee:  “Your work was very instrumental in my early career (mid-70s), and helped
me program stations in markets like San Diego, St. Louis, Orlando, and ultimately a five-year
run at WLS/Chicago.  I have tried to ‘pay it forward’ serving as mentor and confidant to later
generations of talent and PDs.  However, I'd be honored if you'd accept a complimentary copy
of my new book ‘Brandwidth:  How Big Broadcasting Is Missing the MEDIAmorphosis’.  If
so, please just let me know your preferred delivery address.  As a big fan of both you and
Rollye, I wish you every good wish in the next chapter!”
Claude Hall:  2563 Paradise Village Way, Las Vegas, NV 89120.  I would love to see your
book.  I will add it to my collection that includes “Superjock.”
Hugh Christopher Henry:  “I agree ... 100%!  P.S. I was recently reminded of a Vox Jox
column from September of 1970 in which you eloquently excoriated WMCA not only for their
decision to go all-talk that very month, but for how they systematically self-destroyed their
successful Top 40 music format.  Needless to say, hearing WMCA during its last two music
years was almost akin to water torture, it was that painful.  And it was sadly avoidable.  Enjoy
your commentary ... keep it coming.
Bob Barry: “Fantastic site, Claude!  So sorry to hear about friend Bobby Vee and his lovely
wife.  How sad.  He last called me from George Wilson’s house a couple years ago.  He
would always call when he came to Milwaukee.  The last time we worked together was at the
Wisconsin State Fair in the 80s.”
Tom Campbell:  “I lost your phone number!  Whoever stole my I phone has it!  Best to you
and Barbara.  It's been toooooo long.   Have some interesting news for you. May I have the
contact number you gave me before?  Thank up for all the years of friendship. Without you I
would not been able to do so many wonderful things.   Lots to share.”
Claude Hall:  “It’s increasingly difficult, Tom, to do phone.  The best way to reach me is via
Internet.  Sorry about that.”
Joey Reynolds:  “Very cool.  Nobody knows more about our music than Rollye James, you
don't wanna be opposite her on ‘Jeopardy’, or ‘Stop the Music’, you will lose your chair.  Joe
Smith is one of the jock-to-management successes.  I always admired him.  Also, don't
challenge him on music.  Roger Carroll doesn't remember the good stuff about the comedy
hour produced by Tom Shovan following the Angels games on GWB, I credited him  for this,
maybe I was wrong?  Roger was on ‘The Smothers Brothers’ on CBS, I was also on CBS --
without the C.  I will have to invite Roger to the Trump anger management meetings, Judge
Judy presiding.”
Shadoe Stevens: “Claude, this is awesome.  What a great idea and a great flashback.  I
probably read every Vox Jox you ever wrote and looked forward to them.  This is a terrific
new venture and it looks great.  Count me in the community.  Love it.” 
Jim Davis:  “Claude, congratulations on the return of the legendary Vox Jox with my KMPC
buddy Rollye James.  Delighted to hear that Bob Henabery is truckin’ along.  Back in 1972
when I was a wet-behind-the-ears DJ at the Drake-Chenault WOR-FM in New York, Bob and
Allen Shaw gave me my first break as PD of WLS’s FM station in Chicago – WDAI.  Bob
was the consummate Professor of Broadcasting.  I remember him telling me that ‘Every song
played on the radio should be a steel rod or a burning ingot’.  Good advice even today.”
Larry Irons, “Number One Songs”:  “Dear Claude, I've book marked VoxJox.org so I'll never
miss an issue and I was looking around your site when I saw the call letters KPPC.  I
happened to be visiting L.A., circa 1971, when KPPC-FM got a power increase, and they ran a
jingle that related to that power increase sung to the tune of ‘Old Cape Cod’ by Patti Page: ‘If
you like your music in stereo, there is only one station you should know, KPPC, it sounds so
good, (and) now you can get it in your neighborhood ... KPPC the best little station in town ...
NOOOO SHIT!’  I'd love to have a dub of that jingle for my collection.  If anyone knows
where I might be able to obtain it I'd be most appreciative.  I've Googled and Binged but with
no results.”
Claude Hall:  “You sure about those actual words, Larry?”
Ken Dowe:  “ Wow, does VOX JOX look great.  Well done my friend.  Back to the future!”
Claude Hall:  “We’ll have to get Don Imus to invite us to his new ranch in the Panhandle one
day, Ken.  I’m kidding, of course.  One foot went south and the other south-by-northwest and
that was messed up by congestive heart failure … I don’t get out much or very well these
days.  Still, I love all of you guys and gals and I’m pleased with the turnout for this venture by
Rollye James Cornell.  God Bless!

Rollye:  It is an honor and a pleasure to do this, not only for Claude, whom I love, but for all
of us.   One of the nicest things about creating VoxJox.org is hearing from so many old friends:

Michael O’Shea:  “I LOVE this. Congrats. Great idea.   Count on me in any way possible.
Your'e capturing a radio emotion long-gone with many/most.  Hope you're well. I'm loving
living in Wine Country...Santa Rosa. Operating five stations in methods more close to our
"roots" than to the operations of the "Big C" companies nowadays. Live, Local, Real Radio.
Still fun...and still "works" for our advertisers.  Hope to see you again someday on this long
and winding road.”

Gerry Cagle: “I’m so glad you’re connecting through Claude. I’m so glad I was on the
mailing list to receive the information. I’m so glad to reconnect with you…my dear friend. I
so hope you are perfect and if you’re ever in Florida, you’ll let me take you sailing!  I just
called to say I love you.”

Rollye:  In addition to Gerry's storied radio career (Case in point:  KFRC.  Outstanding for
many, many years. But to my ears, no one ever made it sound better-- and at a time when it
was otherwise well past its prime), his novels are as enticing as it gets.  I’ve added some links
(under books to your right).
Rollye:  Thanks also for the very kind words from Randy West, Scott St. James, Gary Allyn,
Jerry Del Colliano, Bob Shannon, Robert E. Richer, Jim Ramsburg, Mel Phillips (his
blog link is to the left, and book links are on the right)-- and Art Wander!  I think it’s the first
time I’ve written Art’s name since leading a Vox Jox column with his return to Group One
from WJJD in Chicago.  I’m counting on it not being the last. He’s agreed to contribute from
time to time.  Speaking of contributing, the ever prolific Ron Jacobs (book links to your right,
website links to your left), assures me he’ll have a lot to say:

Ron Jacobs:  “Nice job on tedious task.  Little health glitch kept me away from keyboards. 
This link is a 2008 story about Claude from my written archives. Tells of the bizarre way we
Rollye: In closing, apologies to about a third of Claude’s mailing list who hasn’t heard from
me yet.  Mailing lists are enigmatic. All it takes is a spam report or two and you’re shut down.
I’m speaking from current experience. Mass mail is generally sent out in batches.  After the
first few went out, two people— people that Claude actually knows, decided to ignore the
explanation of how to immediately remove themselves from future mailings and instead
reported VoxJox.org as a spammer.  Ground me to a halt.  I’ll get it corrected (though it might
be easier to invade whatever foreign country is the home of whomever is making the decision
to block me), and it’ll probably happen again when I send the remaining batches, but
eventually it’ll all work out.    Til next week...

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