MF newsletter 1972

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  1. Chester Hill

    Chester Hill Pianissimo User

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    A friend of mine subscribed to the Maynard Ferguson newsletter around 1972.

    One month the newsletter had a silly story about MF's tour bus racing the Woody Herman tour bus (if I remember correctly the other bus).

    After describing a race that rivaled the Indianapolis 500, the article said that anyone wanting to know which bus won the race should send in $10 for a photograph of the finish.

    My friend foolishly sent in a $10 bill with a note that said "I want the photo".

    A month later my friend got a letter back from them that said,
    "You were just joking, right? Because there was no $10 in the envelope you sent to us. And there never was such a race. The article was just joking."

    The estate of Maynard Ferguson owes my friend in Kansas City $10.

    True story.

    Chester Hill
     
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  2. Dennis78

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    Honestly I’ve never liked the guy or his music and this story furthers my dislike

    I love the Holton brand but will never own an MF horn
     
  3. Chester Hill

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    Heresy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    We will burn you at the stake while playing Maynard's "The Way We Were".
    Then we will send your family a bill for the stake.

    chairman of the Triple C Inquisition,
    Chester Hill
     
  4. Dennis78

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    To me it sounds like $10 was stolen. And then mocked! Not great character quality’s. For about 5 years I was involved in the local urban pharmaceutical business and $10 could get you in a lot of trouble, I made sure I got my dues in proper!
    Respect has to be earned, it is not given
     
  5. Chester Hill

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    The $10 was stolen.

    But it wasn't stolen by MF or a member of the band or a member of the touring staff.

    It was some office flunkie somewhere.
    But ethically the MF estate would have been responsible for the actions of some office flunkie in Smallville, Alabama.

    Ultimately, my friend was so stupid that he almost deserved to have his $10 stolen.
    He got straight A's in school, but when it came to common sense he was dumb as a turnip...

    Chester Hill
     
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  6. VetPsychWars

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    Bet you a donut your friend made the whole thing up.

    Tom
     
  7. rowuk

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    Anyone that knows anything about Maynards life and personal integrity knows that this cannot be even close to true. I met the man more than once. He was always there for his band and friends. He was accessible to his fans. I would find another friend
     
  8. Chester Hill

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    I already said that Maynard and those around him had absolutely nothing to do with it.

    It was some office person in some far-off city who never even met Maynard and his staff.

    It might have even been some person who was contracted to handle the newsletters for several famous people, a "fan club service" for hire...

    Could not be true?
    Woody Herman was a wonderful, honest guy.
    But his business manager was a stinker who got Woody into trouble with the IRS.
    So honest Woody ended up owing millions of dollars that Woody couldn't pay.

    Chester Hill
     
  9. Chester Hill

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    I know that he was one step away from being Rain Man.
    An actual genius when it came to musical instruments.
    Incredibly naive when it came to interpersonal actions.

    So interesting to hear you claim that you know him better than I did even though you never met him.
    BTW, another member of Trumpet Master here knew his mother since they both worked in the same orchestra in Kansas City.
     
  10. VetPsychWars

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    I made no such claim.

    I made a wager.

    Tom
     

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