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  1. When I ran into Mason at the airport prior to the 92 season, he gleefully told me about the plan for the program. He was giddy about the fact that "everyone loves a patriotic show" and predicted that veterans, adults, children, pets - everyone would love it. After the wonderful (my favorite) 1990 show and the terrific 1991 show, this was just such a step backwards in terms of visual design and overall concept. All Star people will tell you the 1992 hornline was the best (I agree), but it just look and felt like the world's best HS band patriotic show. Terrific talent in the corps and gorg
  2. The noise from the corps warming up has been a problem in Allentown every year. Likely not solvable due to the geography of the area and the limited amount of space for the corps to warm up.
  3. Paging Barbara Maroney...and a good forger to work on her birth certificate.
  4. Madison has had one of the top staffs in drum corps for the past two years. Their placement with these staffs is a matter of record. They can change the "parts" of the staff - and opt for one high profile "name" over another, they can hype all they want on various forums, but until their design is substantially improved and until they can prove they can recruit a much higher caliber of talent, they are nowhere near the Carolina Crown product, as it stands today. I root for the continuing existence and success of all drum corps, but honestly I don't think the hyperbole has helped the Scouts
  5. I believe Saturday the 9th. First I heard of it was when I started seeing videos of the corps on Facebook. Like you, I am terribly sad not to have been there. Joanie said it was absolutely lovely.
  6. Michael, Many of us didn't know and sadly missed this opportunity to celebrate Bob's life. Apparently it was a rather quick decision made by the family, but I've heard nothing but wonderful things about the heartfelt speeches and the performance by the Star U gang. I spoke to Joanie last week and while many of us wish we could have been there, clearly the ceremony was healing and helpful to the family, so I am very, very glad for that. Best, Karen
  7. The back-to-back losses of Bob Lendman and Bill Cook is so devastating for the extended Star of Indiana community. While we've known for decades that we only had Bill on borrowed time, the news of his passing has shaken and saddened all of us. As the first DM of Star, Bill and I had a funny and wonderful relationship, which started off during the first camp when several of my Jersey friends and I assumed he was the corps hall custodian. When he insisted he was Bill Cook, the eccentric philanthropist who had funded this whole thing but we had yet to meet at that point, we actually asked him
  8. Hi Pat,

    Still trying to find my way around this new software. Got your note earlier. Best way to reach me is karen.stein@ropesgray.com. Glad to hear you're working on such a great project!

  9. Thanks, Pat. Would love to see the letter. Best way to reach me is karen.stein@ropesgray.com

  10. Wonderful letter about Bob.

    Before Bob's accident he was nominated to the DCI Hall of Fame. I was honored to be asked to write a letter of support.His name remains on the list of 10 to be voted on (by the current HoF and the DCI BoD)

    I'd be happy to share letter with you, would you send me your email? Thanks!

    Pat Seidling, Phantom Reg director 2001-2006<...>

  11. Because he chose never to be the public facing "voice" of Star of Indiana, many don't know what an important part of that corps' history Bob played. Bob was working for Bill Cook when Bill got the nutty idea to start a corps in Bloomington. Bob was the person who talked him through the financial part of the process, found the busses and trucks, brought in the key support staff and instructional staff, and convinced the veteran members who came to march there that this was indeed a "real" deal. Bob and Moe Latour called in tons of favors to get the corps bookings that first year. (We were o
  12. You are a sweet and funny guy, Ray Fallon. Unfortunately to count back the number of years since I was one of the lucky kids marching in the Bridgemen we would have to use all of our fingers and our toes - twice! And we'd still be well short... Happy Thanksgiving to you and your gang! Karen
  13. Oh Sara, Jerome is not quite as old as, er, some of us... (Happy Thanksgiving!) KS
  14. Missed seeing you in the video Jimmy, but Jerome did a terrific job! Hope you're planning on making the trip to Plymouth an annual thing. Miss you guys! Karen
  15. It's amazing what you can do when you buy quality equipment and take very, very good care of it. The King 2 valve G bugles were at Star Hall the very first day of the very first camp. You had to wear gloves to pick them up AT ALL TIMES. And the very amazing Eric Lund was the "doctor" who took care of anything that needed repairs. Same horns for the duration of the corps. And, yes, they sounded great and were fun to play. (But I'll give most of the credit for the great sound to the amazing musicians that played them!) Cheers! Karen