Today I learned that on July 2 my dear DEAR friend Bob Trezona passed away at the age of 73. Bob was many things in his life. Bob flew Rescue Helocopters in Viet Nam. On his last flight his "copter" took fire and he was shot down. The explosion left him scarred, much of his face gone. He endured many months in the hospital most if not all in pain. When he had recuped well enough to work, he looked to his days on the farm and his love for horses and became one of the finest saddle makers in Montana, opening up the Bitterroot Saddle Shop in the Corvallis,Montana area.
I met Bob one fortunate day about 10yrs ago. He had a small booth at the local county fair. We talked. I told him about my years as a leathersmith and how I was starting a small business making Mandolin straps for a friend who owned a Vintage String shop in Missoula. Right away he offered any HELP he could be, AND BOY DID HE MEAN IT. That day a friendship started, the likes of which in MY 72 years, I had NEVER had nor never will again.
Over the years I learned that this kind, caring and GENTLE man had been thru hell on earth, TRULY HELL ON EARTH, and came thru it all with grace, charm, dignity and most of all, concern for others. He could have become just the opposite, Lord he had reason;many have,many did.
At my age,72, I hear of friends passing now and then, some were acquaintances, very few if any, who shared in my life. I will miss, OH, how I will miss our talks about life, death, love, hate,and hope. i WILL MISS YOUR FRIENDSHIP MORE THAN MOST. MEN LIKE BOB DON'T COME AROUND, IF EVER INA PERSONS LIFE, CERTAINLY NOT MY LIFE.
BOB,YOU WERE MY SUPPORT, MY MENTOR ABOUT LIFE, A LIVING HERO. REST IN PEACE. I'LL THINK ABOUT YOU TIL THE DAY "I" DIE.
I felt I needed to explain to you all who know me from the Mandolin Cafe as to why I can no longer be found there.
Several weeks ago I responded to a FEATURED classified from Acoustic Disc and ordered 3 downloadable PDF's from The Book of Dawg. They were, according to the immediately emailed invoice, to be emailed within 24 hours to my address. Several days later, after receiving nothing, I began a week of emails sent to their listed SUPPORT address AND their posted phone number. NO emails were answered and ALL phone attempts ended with a recording that the number had been "Disconnected and/or Out of service."
I spent the next few days trying to get in touch with Scott Tichoner,first thru the "Cafe", then thru Face Book and or Twitter, perhaps both, I don't remember. After hearing nothing, I felt that, havng myself been a member for nearly 20 years, folks needed to be made aware that something was not, did not seem right, and that folks should be cautioned before sending any further moneies. To do this, I used the only option left to me by posting a "heads up" in the classified ads. I came to no conclusions nor did I make ANY accusations, I posted THERE exactly what I am posting HERE, a "cautionary notice."
THAT IS WHEN I FINALLY HEARD FROM SCOTT. IT WAS AN ANGRY RESPONSE CHIDING ME FOR AN INAPPROPRIATE USE OF THE CLASSIFIEDS, BRANDING ME A TROUBLE MAKER AND TELLING ME I WAS NO LONGER WELCOME ON THE "CAFE", ALL for doing the best I could to let SOMEONE/ANYONE know to be careful before sending money to AD or ANYONE, FOR THAT MATTER, over the internet.
Scott was adament; I was dumbfounded, and my Classifed, known to many was REMOVED. About w week later, Acoustic Disc got in touch with me and my PDF's were sent to me with no real explanation of why it took 3 weeks to get them but I was thrilled to have them.
So, as the following days passed I had an epiphany, I believe that becaues of the CLOSE ties between the CAFE and David Grisman's Acoustic Disc,Mr. Tichoner took an innocent "heads up" to my fellow players as some personal attack on his friend and over reacted with his decision.
For nearly 20 years I have been a contributing member. As one whose tiny company of ONE has used his classifieds, I have shown my appreciation by donating money to his site on a regular basis as often as I could, even though there are those who don't or have yet to.
Last week, I did something I said I would NEVER,EVER DO in my life, (and I just turned 72 yrs.), I sent an apology to Scott for something I felt strongly needed NO apology. I NEVER HEARD BACK.
IT IS NOW AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY CODE IN LIFE TO TREAT FOLKS FAIRLY. AS A CRAFTMAN FOR OVER 50 YEARS IN BOTH FURNITURE AND LEATHER, MY NAME HAS ALWAYS BEEN ON EVERYTHING I PRODUCE. THE "BUCK" STOPS AT MY FRONT DOOR! I BELIEVED THEN, AS NOW, THAT THE PEOPLE I SERVE DESERVE THE BEST I CAN GIVE, THE BEST THEY DESERVE. AND THAT CARRIED OVER TO THIS RIDICULOUS SITUATION I SPEAK OF NOW.
BEING ACCUSED OF BEING A "TROUBLE MAKER", FOR THE RIGHT REASON IS A BADGE I WILL WEAR PROUDLY, EVEN IT MEANS THE END OF MY LITTLE COMPANY! NOW DECEASED REP. JOHN LEWIS SAID, SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO GET INTO " A LITTLE 'GOOD TROUBLE'". I GUESS THIS ONE WAS MINE. STAY WELL!!----ALAN
Since my departure from Mandolin Cafe, my concern has been that no one would find me, but while contacts have been, not surprisingly slower, MANY of you have made your way to my humble site. TO ALL OF YOU, MY DEEPEST APPRECIATION GOES OUT. Whether it's because some of you are familiar with my work and have told others about me, or your repeated orders, or just by lucky accident, you make my day better. I hope you remain SAFE,SECURE,INVOLVED,CHALLEGNED and that this quarantine brings you closer the your loved ones than ever before. To those of you who have experienced the loss of a loved one, my heart goes out to you. WE will all get through this!!
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