Since my Great-Grandparents on my Dad's side came from Ireland & England, and due to my acting for many years and having great insight into the works of Shakespeare, I've always wanted to travel to England & Ireland. What better way to spend Christmas than in the land of Dicken's "Christmas Carol" ?
Which brings me to 1969 and my working at KAAY:
I began at the Mighty 1090 on April 21st and, being single, occasionally found some nice girls to date. But, in September of that year I saw a show at the Arkansas Art Center and was very impressed by one of the very attractive dancers in the show.
I found out from the program that the girl's name was Kerry, and sometime after the show got in contact with her and - since the feeling was mutual - we began dating in October...starting the beginning of a lengthy relationship. But one of the things that really entranced me was that Kerry was from England ! She had actually grown up there, and later took up residence in Little Rock.
Since the Holidays were upon us, she asked me to spend Christmas with her and her family to which I agreed, but had to get the approval of the PD (Barry Wood) & Pat Walsh, GM. They both gave their blessing, travel arrangements were made, and on Christmas Morning, 1969, Kerry & I headed for England to join her wonderful family for a most-unimaginable feast, and a day to remember...the first of many I would spend there.
How could we do it all in one day ? Well, it was only about 26 miles from where we lived in Little Rock to England...England, Arkansas. But it WAS England !
God Bless Us, Everyone, and especially Kerry...wherever you are.
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