What's So Funny???...
October 08, 2009 8:11:51 AM UTC Post #11

Huh...a book huh? I'll have to talk to Johnny and Gary about that...I would have a blast because I have been on this journey for some 30+? years with these guys...we'll see...do you think anyone would buy it...would hate to waste anyone's time or my own if it wouldn't sell and/or bless folks...??

so...I was saying...Billy's mug was a beautiful red...thinking of things now...red was a perfect color...red for a heart...Billy had the BIGGEST heart of anyone I know...he was all about helping, blessing, caring for others, really. It brought him such JOY to see others happy and blessed, really...such a generous, kind, loving man...God I miss him so...my big hearted brother...I love you Billy Powell and always will...I'm cryin' again...

Ohhh...so Jane and I made these coffee mugs for the guys hoping we could somehow get them to them. Leave things to Jane...another show...another up front here we go Berniece Rossington scam...it always worked though...gotta love that Jane...she's determined...
One of the road crew recognized us (I guess) because someone? told us where the band was staying...you've got to be kidding? Here we go...One More Time...and we just so happened to have the mugs...yup...Jane's idea...I'm along for the ride...

Sure enough he was tellin' us straight...the band was where he said. Jane and I strolled into the hotel and low and behold...Leon was in the lobby. He instantly said..."hey I know you ladies..." but he was struggling for our names so we told him..."yeah, yeah...that's right...we met in...we helped him out again...gotta love that Leon too...I miss him so much too...I've got some great Leon stories, coming...they're coming...

We went out to the car and brought in Leon's mug. He was so thrilled (or at least he seemed to be). "Wow...a coffee mug with my picture on it...that is cool...thank you so much, ladies, wow..." He was very appreciative and sweet. We talked awhile and then he said they were heading out soon, when suddenly...here they come...Billy, Allen, some other people I didn't recognize...all packed up and heading out to the bus...we probably stared those schoolgirl stares...ah, dah, speechless...Allen was so tall and wiry lookin'...great big smile though and Billy was bumbling, joking around and waving at Leon...Leon said..."thanks again ladies...catch ya' down the road...ya'll drive safe..." We were so star struck we forgot about the other mugs...oh well...in time I guess...we left the hotel...speechless again...how do these things happen to us of all people?

October 08, 2009 8:39:35 AM UTC Post #12

Well I'm waiting for the coffee to brew so I guess I'll write some more. Jane and I continued to listen to the music and spread the word...we carried LS music in our purses and whenever the time would permit we would pop'em in to friends players...we turned all our friends in town and out onto Lynyrd Skynyrd music...most friends really dug it...a few didn't much care...idiots...but we were havin' a blast listening and reading all and everything we could find about these southern boys. My mom became a fan too. She heard the music so much blasting from my upstairs bedroom...she knew words and everything. Jane could really cut a rug too...on many occasions mom would hollar up the stairs..."will you two turn that down a tinch... this house is sooo loud and the light in the dining room is shaking...are you two dancin' again?!!!" We were...guilty as charged...we were really playin' air guitar...of course, I was Gary...the small and meek and she was Allen...the tall, jumping, swirling wild one...it was mainly Jane's fault...the shaking light and all...sorry mom...oh the teen years...what FUN!!!

October 08, 2009 8:49:33 AM UTC Post #13

So our teen years continued...we were always Skynyrdholics for sure and went to see them in concert whenever they came close. We held on to the mugs and dreamed of one day getting to give the other guys theres. Jane got accepted to the Atlanta College of Art so we took a road trip to Atlanta with her mom and dad. They wanted to check the place out and all. We fell in love with Atlanta...wow...an underground city and all...we loved it! And for two girls from a small cow town...this was the big time for sure! We were shocked to be called mam though...heck, we were teenagers...mam sounds like an old lady...must be a southern thing...manners?...not sure but we thought it was quite strange.

October 08, 2009 9:50:22 AM UTC Post #14

Don't leave us hanging......what happened with the other coffee mugs?? BTW....we will use our manners in the South. HA!

Ain't nothing sweeter than a Southern girl!

October 08, 2009 4:19:56 PM UTC Post #15

Well, GG, you know you've got at least two books sold already, right Sara.

Waiting for the next chapter.....


I might go out to California might go down to Georgia, I don't know...

October 08, 2009 6:33:54 PM UTC Post #16

damn those are some good stories, thanks for sharin'em!!

October 08, 2009 9:53:50 PM UTC Post #17

Oh...you are welcome...it's actually fun for me to share these stories because it's like reliving those good ole' days again.

While Jane and I were in Atlanta with her folks we decided we would call Studio One, the studio were the band did a lot of recording and ask if we could come by and take a look around. Can you believe it...they said sure...come on by...and we did. It was surreal, at the time to be at the actual studio were they did so much recording...we talked and laughed with the guys working there and asked a lot of questions. They let us look around and actually go into the area where they record...stuff was set up all over and we wondered where did Allen play, and Gary, and Leon? It was so much fun! We asked the folks there if we could send a package to the studio for the band...would they actually get it? They said it would be fine to send the package because they were due in town soon to record again. Yeeha...we left Atlanta so excited and anxious to get home to start wrapping the mugs and send out the special delivery.

October 08, 2009 11:59:37 PM UTC Post #18

@Sweet Mama: RIGHT!

Ain't nothing sweeter than a Southern girl!

October 09, 2009 10:02:23 AM UTC Post #19

Wow...it is cold here this morning...

Anyway...Jane and I got back home and started wrapping the mugs and packing...yes, we were going to Atlanta...we fell in love with Jane's school and the city...we would be leaving home for the first time...how exciting for us...I was 19 and Jane was18...we had big dreams and a little money we had been saving from our jobs. Side bar---Jane and I and several of our highschool friends (mostly females) worked for a window company in a town close by. We started the summer after graduation and worked for about a year saving our money. I was the glass cutter for the windows and Jane did lots of stuff around the shop...it was a great 2nd job for me...I worked for a friend, Mr. Chuck taking inventory also...I started working at 13 on the weekends mainly, during holiday breaks and stuff. We had a lot of fun at the window company and learned how to make windows from start to finish. Pretty interesting actually and I only got cut once (where it left a scar) on my right hand...not bad huh? I couldn't cut the glass with gloves on either...my boss would freak out and tell me to please put on gloves but I couldn't hold the glass very well with the gloves...sorry Joe! So...the big day came...July 7, 1977...Jane and I and all our essentials...stereo, clothes, books, art supplies, MUSIC, of course, photos, some girlie knick knack stuff we collected, a few stuffed animals from childhood...that about covered it...simple life for sure...packed into a jeep type suv with a good friend, Chip who agreed to drive us to Atlanta before heading over to Arkansas...we really had no plans as far as hotels or anything...Chip thought it might be fun if we camped out so he brought a tent along and some other camping gear...fun!

We had an absolute blast drivng to Atlanta...Lynyrd Skynyrd blasting from the suv...we had all the essential southern rock with us...Blackfoot, Allmans, Outlaws, Marshall Tucker, 38, Charlie Daniels, some Eagles, Bad Company...all kinds of great tunes from the 70's...we sang and laughed and had an absolute BLAST!!! Chip thought we were a bit strange I guess...2 northern chicks headed to the south...one to college and one to work...how would that pan out...well we had a place to stay and all...a boarding house in downtown Atlanta...sweet...we did have a curfew though that was hard for us to keep at times...2 hot meals a day...our own rooms that joined, bathroom was semi-private, washer,dryer, public phone in the hall (there were NO cells then and we did make it!) Life was simple then, really. We were in town about 2 days and I got offered a job across the street from the beloved Fox Theater. It was a rental agency...helping new folks to town find housing...apts., homes, ranches etc. The 2 owners were from the north also so we had an instant friendship and then the job offer came...sweet...it was a fun place to work too. I really enjoyed talking on the phone to so many folks with southern drawls...I think it started to rub off...I found myself saying, ya'll and other little slangs you hear in the south...fixin' to go, mam, darlin', baby...all sorts of sweet sayings...the 2 owners were doing it too...funny! Ohh...did I already say...before we left home we sent the special delivery to Studio One in Doraville, GA. The mugs were enroute to the south too...hope they arrive safely! Lots of time, love, and thought went into those mugs...keep' em safe, Lord.

October 09, 2009 6:07:36 PM UTC Post #20

God's Girl,
It's like reading a chapter book and having to stop right at the good parts to cook or go to work or go to bed........it just leaves you hanging! Keep going..........

Ain't nothing sweeter than a Southern girl!

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