Quite a blast, I worked at Cobbs as the cleanup
guy for probably 6 months when Bob Cobb owned the joint and George
Rupert was doing all the work of running it. Al Saperstein and
others behind the stick, (Laura?) Great nights after Willis shows,
and I met and got to be close to a lot of people there including
George and the guys from Shadowfax who put me to work for them
working the door. A lot of the Willis artists were 5-10 years older
and some were very generous with their support. In particular
Bradley Jones, Jerry Hunt and Dayton Spence, Brenda Goodman John
Egner, Michael Luchs and Kathey Brackett (Luchs) and my teacher at
WSU briefly, Jim Nawara. I might have given up more than once
without the encouragement.
This was 1975 until maybe 78 or 79 when I quit working for
paperbacks unlimited and went to work for George Korinek when he
bought into Alvins with Barney Surowitz. Slept on the pool table on
more than one occassion...Good times?
The last night I was in Cobbs
was years later after visiting Henry Normile (my old pal and
co-worker from Vernes) next door in his apartment. I was with George
Korinek and the Jazz great Ron English was there too. Memorable
also because the owner Henry Normile was murdered the next night.
I never went back to the bar.
When Bob Cobb had the bar the music and vibes were great , of course
it was before cocaine made alot of people stupid, and eventually
dead. I made friendships there that I have to this day, and I'm glad
to have been there.