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I was born in
Champaign, IL in 1964. When my parents divorced, I moved to a small (and I mean
town called Chestnut, IL. I became a fan of REO Speedwagon's when I heard 'Sophisticated Lady' coming
from my older brother's room in 1971. In 1979, I moved to Kentucky with my family. It didn't take me
long to find a Rock 'N Roll station out of Nashville, TN. I didn't hear much air play of REO's music
until 1981 when 'Hi Infidelity' came out. Needless to say between 1979 & 1981, I got pretty
homesick for REO's music.
I returned to
Illinois in 1984 after my Mother passed away. I lived in/around Decatur, IL and
REO quite a bit over the radio once again.
The guys were playing in the area, but I was unable to get tickets.
I returned to Kentucky
in July, 1988. I have 3 beautiful children. They have probably heard
more REO songs than they would like to, but they don't complain. Over the years, the radio stations in this
area have changed. Several years have gone by without any of them playing REO's music, but now hardly a
day passes that I don't hear REO on one station or another. I have to admit, the songs bring back a lot of
memories (mostly good ones).
I returned to school after the factory I worked for went south. It wasn't easy
getting used to it again
after being out for 16 years, but I have seemed to manage. One of my class projects was to create
a PowerPoint presentation. This is where I decided to do it on REO Speedwagon. I got on the
internet and found REO Brigade (now named REO Bridge), met a lot of wonderful people and
got what information I needed on REO to finish the project. Naturally, I received an A on the
presentation. I later did another PowerPoint presentation on REO Speedwagon for my
Technical Writing class since there was a lot I didn't get covered in the first one. After some
discussions with Jordan Taylor and Becky Rushing, I decided to create Gratzer Central.
When I started the site, I was taking a course in HTML and used it for a class project.
With a lot of help from Jordan, I got an A on the project.
After being married and divorced twice, I have found
a man that actually fits the bill
I've wanted since childhood. A man that makes me feel the way Gary Richrath does when he plays guitar. lol
I'm currently living in North Carolina. Couldn't believe it after NC beating the pants
of UofI in the NCAA Finals last year, but the move has been worth everything that I gave up.
I have made some new
friends through Gratzer Central that I know would not
have been possible any other way. For that, I have to say thank you to Jordan
and Becky. If it wasn't for their support and help, I don't believe I would have
ever made it through getting Gratzer Central up and running.
I hope you enjoy yourself here at Gratzer Central. Be sure to visit often and don't forget to sign
the guest book. There are quite a few REO Speedwagon fans out there and the guest book and
chat rooms are only a couple of ways to meet them.