Archive for February, 2010


February 1, 2010

Mom flew  into Wichita and I drove up from Kiowa. We spent the night, leaving for Branson in the morning.   She had tickets to Dino Kartsonakis at The Grand Palace Theater which seats about four thousand, Andy Williams Moon River Theater,  Jim Stafford Show,  Bobby Vinton,  and the Branson Belle Show Boat.  We spent three days and two nights.  I had no intention of being part of the act at the Grand Palace, but with your mother sitting beside you with a sharp elbow I was persuaded to volunteer.  I often get asked if I was neverous.  The answer is no.  After spending nineteen years at the keyboard and performing before even larger crowds, my only concern was that I hoped Dino didn’t mess up…..(only kidding).  I didn’t think Mom had heard me play in public since my high school graduation, so that was another reason for going on stage.   Our Branson trip was a trip….What was unique was a Ruby Tuesday Restaurant across from our Motel, and the bartender knew how to fix her favorite drink and so we stopped for a nite-cap, and of course mom was famous there after two nights sitting at the bar….It was the first time Mom and I have traveled together, it wasn’t a world cruise but I will always have unforgettable  memories.