Exit To Ambiguity……..#94a (60’s)


Glenn Froman

Gary having fulfilled his final military discourse was at the Post Out Center,  Glenn was anticipatory, the drummer having driven west from Kokomo Indiana to reunite the pianist with the band.  Gary somewhat surprised to see Glenn walk into the center as he waited for his name to be paged to receive his final pay.  The two leaving the Army post, Gary questioned himself,  why he was traveling east to Kokomo and not west,  home to California.  His decision to join Glenn and guitarist Jerry Willis in Kokomo Indiana  was not decisive but transitory and the long drive provided an opportunity to give his actions some thought.   Darkness having set upon the travelers,  a rain beginning, the product of a passing thunderstorm, the two deciding it would be a good time to halt their journey and find a roadside dinner.  Gary asking Glenn what he thought about him and Jerry journeying to California and investigate the  west coast contingency for booking the band.  The roadside pause in the trip giving Gary an opportunity to place a call home, telling his mother that he was with Glenn and they were on their way to Kokomo Indiana.  To his dismay his mother was upset that he wasn’t coming home, the musician was at a loss, it had been a year since he had seen his parents and he understood their reasoning.  He made the decision, he would be on his way home but first he wanting to see what the band thought about venturing opportunity in California and to give credence to the statement he asked if the downstairs apartment room was available.  The call concluded, mom satisfied, Glenn asking about the call, Gary conveying what he had said., the only question mark was Jerry.


Glenn’s Bride June (Brewer) Froman

In the past Glenn had taken a giant step in entering a matrimonial union, the pianist recalling that he had meant June Brewer once before when she was dating Glenn earlier.  Gary was made aware, that June was far along with a pregnancy and had left to visit relatives in New Mexico. He listened as Glenn related that he  convinced Jerry not only to accompany him and June to Indiana but to haul June’s horse and trailer to his fathers farm.  Arriving at the Kokomo apartment it was good to see Jerry again, the two having shared not only their approach to music but some serious and humorous times in the past.  Gary awakening to the sudden change in his environment and though de javu’ when told Rickenbacker Guitar playing Tom Holt,  had followed Glenn and Jerry to Indiana.   Glenn mentioning that Tom had secured a job as a single act playing in a bar.  With an affirmative California trip decision made,  Glenn asking what the two thought about  changing the name of the band,  a group called the Untouchables playing at Indiana Beach had dissolved, going their separate ways and he thought the Untouchables would be ideal for them.  The decision made, with one more night remaining in Kokomo, the Lawton Oklahoma Hi Liters band name would be no more.

A heartfelt loss

A Fender Stratocaster, a  heartfelt loss

  The final night in Kokomo, the Club date having come to a conclusion, the band stopping at a restaurant with a  well-lit parking area, able to view the Ford Convertible with the band equipment,  also conveying some of their personal items, from inside the eating establishment.  The meal completed, the band members approaching the car,  something seemed amiss, Gary recognizing a laundry package containing  white starched shirts on the ground.  The shirts having been placed with others in the convertibles boot, the packages covering Jerry stowed guitar case with its  pristine black and white Fender Stratocaster.  Taking a closer look and moving the remaining packages, the guitar was missing.  It was apparent someone must have observed it being put in the convertibles boot when embarking from the club and in all probability followed them to the restaurant, somehow seizing on the opportunity to steal it.  Jerry Placing a call,  law enforcement was notified, but to no avail, there was nothing they could do except take a stolen property report, the situation futile, the guitar irretrievable.   The 780 mile journey to Lawton Oklahoma was still scheduled to commence, a sadden Jerry very dishearten,  but resolute about the future.

 Arriving in Lawton Oklahoma at the Hardy Suggs Music store on D Ave., the three unemployed musicians greeting the familiar Hardy, Jerry venturing the question about the store having a used Fender guitar, and to his  benediction Hardy answering in the affirmative.   The guitar not a Stratocaster,  but another fender product that was an ample messenger of music, a Telecaster.  The Lawton visit providing Gary a fortuitousness call upon Lawton Music on 3rd street,  the establishment that rendered him the #110 model Wurlitzer electric piano,  the musician desirous of replacement metal reeds  that produce the resonating piano sound,  aware of the limited music stores that stocked the item.   Packing the Ford convertible for their continuing venture to California had found every available expansion consumed.   The top of the convertible was unable to augment,  giving meaning to a fair weather watch.  Gary having acquainted his family of the groups embarkation,  being assured of accommodations upon their arrival in Oakland. The journey would encompass well over 1600 mile, with a stop in Clovis New Mexico so Glenn could visit his wife,  then a non-stop continuous excursion west.  The enterprising exploit beginning, the Ford incurring the responsibility for success, the front seat of the open air jitney  providing a temporary home for the three Untouchables.

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