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Thread #29288   Message #613213
Posted By: Don Firth
19-Dec-01 - 03:36 PM
Thread Name: John Dwyer - Songs & Stories
Subject: RE: John Dwyer - Songs&Stories
Good grief, yes! I remember Mike Nelson! Took a few guitar lessons from me at one time, sang at the Pamir House, The Place Next Door, and various other places, then kinda vanished from sight, at least from where I was milling around.

Bizarre situation. Mike Nelson and Bob Nelson were each other's doppelgänger. Both had (obviously) the same surname; in age, they were within a year or two of each other; physically they were about the same build; they both wore glasses; they tended to dress alike; they both looked like they'd got their hair out of the same box of Brillo pads; and they both sang folk songs. Before they even met, they were constantly being mistaken for each other. Those who could tell them apart and didn't know better, automatically assumed they were brothers. Endless confusion with great potential for mistaken identities and comic-opera plots. When they did finally meet (at Howard's Restaurant in the University District, if I remember correctly) they both stared at each other for a long time and slowly circled like a pair of wary tomcats. After all, each had been accused several times of being the other (outraged fathers, angry husbands, etc.). Had they ever decided to form a duo, it would have been like something out of the Twilight Zone. Fascinating!

Good to hear from you, Mike! How are you? Where have you been? Where are you now? What have you been up to all this time? Dropped me a line. donfbarbarap@eartlink.net.

Don Firth