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Wednesday, August 8th 2012
As happens a lot, I find myself at an airport; this time it's Denver's international airport which geographically might be closer to Salt Lake City (there's a joke there about how far out of town they built this terminal) - and I thought of ATOSer Lee Shaw. Lee was honored at this year's convention banquet, and rightfully so. There are a lot of wonderful people in the chapter centered in Denver...more...
Monday, July 30th 2012
To paraphrase Mel Brooks’ line in History of the World, Part I, “It’s good to be the President” when one has rewarding and memorable duties such as I had this past Friday and Saturday. There were 17 of them…from all over….Jacob from Arizona; Dan from New York; another Dan from Pennsylvania; Peter from Missouri; Doug from Washington; and others from Illinois, Oregon, Michigan and points beyond...more...
Tuesday, July 24th 2012
Greetings all, coming down from the post-convention “high.” Great concerts in LA. Never heard Scott Foppiano any better, and what an instrument he presented to us. Caught Chris Elliot twice (Fullerton and Trousdale Castle); Tony Fenelon was splendid and gave us a chance to hear Lyn Larsen twice (with Tony at San Gabriel and also two tunes at Trousdale Castle). The kids were sensational, as was...more...
Tuesday, May 22nd 2012
I am pleased to announce that Stephen Kucera, of Kansas City, KS, has been selected as the 2012 ATOS Theatre Organ Student of the Year. Stephen has demonstrated tremendous talent and enthusiasm for music and the theatre organ. In addition to excelling in his theatre organ studies with Scott Foppiano, Stephen is very involved with both his local ATOS and AGO chapters and plans to pursue an organ...more...
Thursday, July 21st 2011
Col. Jack Moelmann has noted several times since last January that the ATOS Endowment Fund was just short of $1 million in its principal amount. He wanted ATOS to hit that magic target, and took matters into his own hands at the 2011 Convention in Providence.more...
Wednesday, July 20th 2011
The Mark of Zorro Silent Classic at the Atlanta Fox August 25, with Clark Wilson at Mighty Mo!more...
Friday, April 22nd 2011
Greetings...and lots of little odds and ends to chat about, or rather “blog” about. April 15th (or this year, April 18th) is not only tax day - and don’t get me started on the issues emanating from our nation’s capital - but it also marks a couple of deadline dates for ATOS. Bucky Reddish is Chairman of the ATOS Endowment Fund Committee, and now has in his hands several requests for funds from...more...
Wednesday, March 23rd 2011
ATOS Prez Blog...March 25, 2011 As always, there is a lot going on with a lot of projects involving a lot of ATOS folks! I have just wrapped up a visit to Massachusetts, and it’s been amazing. EMCATOS, the Eastern Massachusetts Chapter, is most definitely ready for this summer’s convention. Bob Evans, Don Phipps, Len Beyersdorfer, Dick Hanverger, Bruce Hager and a whole bunch of the chapter’s...more...
Sunday, July 11th 2010
Frank Bindt, one of the founders of the American Theatre Organ Society (then known as ATOE), and a legend in ATOE/ATOS history, passed away on July 12, 2010 at the age of 93. He is survived by his son, Bob Bindt, and Bob’s siblings Larry Booth and Martha Fowler. There are many step-grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. Frank was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1916—just in time to be fascinated by...more...
Saturday, June 5th 2010
Most certainly there were tears, but there were clearly more laughs, most generated by video stories and remembrances as Rosa Rio, in a fitting tribute, enjoyed the stage and spotlight at her beloved Tampa Theatre one more time. For nearly two hours, the Mighty Wurlitzer sang forth, featured speakers paid tribute, Buster Keaton was seen on the silver screen, and Rosa Rio was remembered for her...more...