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Click here to learn about the 2006 51st Annual American Theatre Organ Society Convention to be held in Tampa, Florida!

~ Special Report ~
51st Annual ATOS Convention of 2006

In this issue of the Gazette, we will be covering the 51st Annual ATOS Convention held in Tampa, Florida during the last week of May in 2006.

Tom Hoehn and I shared a room on the fourth floor of the Bay Side Marriott Hotel. Per Schultz was on the sixth floor. Of all the rooms in the hotel, smoking was only allowed on the fourth floor. We had brought along many nice cigars for the occasion. Our large picture window opened onto a view of the swimming pool below on the roof of the third floor.

During the event, we attended many great shows and took over 3,000 photographs. A few of these are posted below:

05/31/2006

Back To Work

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing Bob and Kimmy discuss future strategies for Walnut Hill Productions.
Bob and Kimmy discuss future strategies for Walnut Hill Productions.

The Walnut Hill Office reopens for business after a busy week at the 51st Annual ATOS Convention of 2006. There was no time for posting news or updates, however. The main data server was still down for rebuilding with several kinks to work out and files to transfer.

After arriving at the office yesterday and taking a much needed rest, I spent today getting programs on the server that I would need to process the thousands of pictures for the report on the Convention.

05/30/2006

Home Again...

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Walnut Hill Manor was a welcoming sight after a week across the bay.

Tuesday was the eighth and final day of our stay in Tampa for the Convention. The After Glow shows in Miami Tom and I did not attend having decided to head home instead for some much needed rest. After checking out of the Marriott around eleven AM, Tom and I returned to Clearwater around noon.

05/29/2006

Walt Strony On The Allen, Day Seven

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The crowd listening to Walt Strony at the Allen 3/21EX.

Day seven of our stay in Tampa would be packed with stuff to do. Walt Strony was performing at the Hotel in the morning, and then lunch at Roaring 20's, followed by an evening at the Tampa University with Karl Cole on the Allen during the Banquet and Awards Ceremony.

During the hours before lunch, Walter Strony gave a concert in Salon F on the third floor of the Bay Side Marriott. He was playing the new Allen 3/21EX Digital Theatre Organ. His mastery of this fine instrument was breathtaking as he took it through its paces before a fairly large crowd.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing Walt Strony at the console of the Allen 3/21EX Digital Theatre Organ.
Walt Strony at the console of the Allen 3/21EX Digital Theatre Organ.

Though quite loud, the instrument sounded wonderful under the control of Walt's mastery as a premier authority of TPO registration and tecnique. There were many times during his show when I forgot I was listening to a digital organ. Allen did a wonderful job with the samples and the instrument was voiced well.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing the stop sweep of the Allen 3/12EX Digital Theatre Organ.
The stop sweep of the Allen 3/12EX Digital Theatre Organ.

This wonderful instrument has everything one could ever need to make great music at home, in a school, a church or even a theatre. The installation included amble power which was hooked up to twelve large two-way loudspeakers, six on each side of the console. It was overwhelming. The bass was pipe-like in clearety and volume.

Roaring 20's Pizza & Pipes, Day Seven

After Walt's show at the Marriott, we were to visit Roaring 20's Pizza & Pipes in Ellenton, and then return to Tampa to attend the Banquet at Awards Dinner at Plant Hall, University of Tampa. As folks entered the legendary restaurant, we knew something wonderful was about to take place.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing the keydesk of Black beauty.
Looking down on the keydesk of Black beauty.

The 4/42 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ installed at Roaring 20's Pizza & Pipes, affectionately known as Black Beauty, would be played today by Bill Vlasak, a man who knows this organ like the back of his hand, having recorded and played it for years.

The pizza was excellent and after that, I treated meself to some delicious hand-dipped ice cream.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing Bill Vlasak at the console of Black Beauty.
Bill Vlasak at the console of Black Beauty.

Bill took charge of the huge organ and commenced to raise the rafters with an enormous variety of music for young and old alike as we were treated to some of the best pizza on the planet and one of the sweetest, although powerful and quite loud, Mighty WurliTzers there is. It was truly an impressive show that was over much too soon, even though Bill played two long sets. He left me wanting more, and that is a good thing.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing Bill Vlasak speaking with the crowd between tunes.
Bill Vlasak speaking with the crowd between tunes.

Bill was a gentleman indeed as he put on a show we would not forget. His lovable sense of humor and huge collection of songs won him mass adoration from the more than four hundred happy fans in attendance. The house was nearly full.

The Banquet, Day Seven

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The entrance to Plant Hall.

After returning to Tampa, we ventured to the University of Tampa to attend the Banquet and Awards Ceremony with Karl Cole at the Allen 3/21EX Digital Theatre Organ.

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The skyline of Tampa from the front steps of Plant Hall.

The campus of the University of Florida is incredibly beautiful, both in architecture and landscaping, as evidenced by this view of the skyline of Tampa from the front steps of Plant Hall.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing Karl Cole at the console of the Mighty Allen.
Karl Cole at the console of the Mighty Allen.

Karl Cole played some excellent music on the Allen 3/21EX Digital Theatre Organ. His show provided the perfect mood for an excellent dinner with great fellowship as the awards were given out.

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Diners at the banquet.

After the dinner was over, I went back to the hotel for some much needed rest. My batteries in the camera were drained and so was I. When I got to my room, I packed everything for the trip home and waited for Tom to arrive for a last bit of celebrating this great Convention.

05/28/2006

The Tampa Theatre, Day Six

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing the keydesk of the 3/14 Mighty WurliTzer.
Looking down at the keydesk of the 3/14 Mighty WurliTzer.

Sunday was the sixth day of our stay in Tampa for the Convention. Today would be an all-day stay at the Tampa Theatre to hear three great artists perform on the 3/14 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ.

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Russell Holmes speaking to the audience.

Russell Holmes was first on the bench. We could tell immediately that he was going to put on a great show and he did not dissappoint us.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing Russell Holmes at the constole of the 3/14 Mighty WurliTzer.
Russell Holmes at the constole of the 3/14 Mighty WurliTzer.

His sharp wit and highly refined talent won him deep applause after every song as he made the WurliTzer sound breathtaking.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing Rosa Rio riding the lift up to stage level.
Rosa Rio riding the lift up to stage level.

After Russell stepped down, the legendary lady of the TPO, Rosa Rio, accompanied the 1922 silent film classic, On The Rocks. Here, we see her riding the console up.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing Rosa Rio introducing the Feature Film On The Rocks.
Rosa Rio introducing the Feature Film On The Rocks.

After a few short numbers and much roaring applause, Rosa Rio introduces the Feature Film On The Rocks. The lights go down in the threatre just before the film begins as Rosa descends at the console to accompaniment level.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing Rosa Rio accompanying the silent film, On The Rocks.
Rosa Rio accompanying the silent film, On The Rocks.

As Rosa Rio was accompanying the film, her mastery of the art was so keen that I forgot she was there, getting totally absorbed in the movie, which was complete delight. She received a long standing ovation after the film was over.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing the 3/14 Mighty WurliTzer console decorated for Rosa.
The 3/14 Mighty WurliTzer console decorated for Rosa.

Here, we see the console of the 3/14 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ fittingly decorsted just for Rosa. The effect was awesome in every way.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing Ron Rhode at the console of the 3/14 Mighty WurliTzser.
Ron Rhode at the console of the 3/14 Mighty WurliTzser.

Last on the bill for the day was none other than one of the TPO world's top artists, Ron Rhodes.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing Ron Rhodes at the console from stage level.
Wide shot of Ron Rhodes at the console from stage level.

I went quietly down to the edge of the stage and got as close as I could without being noticed to get this shot of Ron digging in.

05/27/2006

The Grand Duchess Of Dunedin, Day Five

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The Kirk of Dunedin.

Saturday was the fifth day of our trip to Tampa for the Convention. Today we were to visit the Grand Duchess of Dunedin and hear Donna Parker play this massive 4/100 hybrid Theatre Pipe Organ installed in the Kirk of Dunedin, just ten miles north of Clearwater.

The Kirk of Dunedin is located in the City of Dunedin, the largest community of Scots in the state of Florida. The Kirk is a non-denominational community church.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing the keydesk of the Grand Duchess of Dunedin.
The keydesk of the Grand Duchess of Dunedin.

After entering the sanctuary, we find this massive console on stage in front of a wall of pipes. These pipes are a facade and do not play.

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A close up view of the horseshoe.

This one of a kind hybrid Theatre Pipe Organ was built from real pipes and digital ranks using a large four-manual Moller console to control over 100 total ranks, of which 33 are actual pipework. Notice that there are no yellow tongues among the hundreds of stops, which are quite large being wider than normal.

Click here to download a 1944 x 2592 JPG image showing the crowd gathering at the Kirk of Dunedin to hear Donna Parker play.
The crowd gathering at the Kirk of Dunedin.

Playing the huge organ this morning was one of the finest ladies of the TPO today, Donna Parker. The crowd was anxious to see this talented artist perform, and perform she did.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing Ken Double introducing Donna Parker.
Ken Double introduces Donna Parker.

After the crowd found their seats, ATOS Master of Ceramonies Ken Double introduced Donna Parker.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing Donna Parker at the console of the Grand Duchess.
Donna Parker at the console of the Grand Duchess.

Donna sat down to the giant console of the Grand Duchess and played a one hour set of beautiful music.

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A closeup of Donna Parker at the console.

The acoustic setting of the church was splendid and Donna treated us to a wide variety of material.

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Donna Parker playing the second of her two shoes.

When Donna came out to play her second set, she was dressed in black. Her stage chothes perfectly complimented the colors of the console and the effect was stunning. Once again Donna showed her virsatility as she wowed the audience.

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Jelani Eddington and Donna Parker teaming up.

Jelani Eddington and Donna Parker team up after Donna invites him to the stage for a few tunes. The gang went crazy after they played.

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Donna Parker posing for the camera.

At the end of Donna's show, she generously allowed the photographers to fire away. At first, she was a bit miffed but soon relaxed. After about ten shots, I got the one above. Her smile was genuine when I asked her if she loved the TPO and she emphaticly nodded "Yes!" That is when I snapped the shutter.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing Jelani and Donna posing at the console.
Jelani and Donna posing at the console.

Donna brought Jelani back to the stage for some publicity stills. After about six shots, I got the one above.

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The stop sweep of the Grand Duchess.

As the crowd started to thin out, I took this parting shot of the Grand Duchess, showing the entire stop sweep with Donna's sheet music still resting on the rack.

The Polk Theatre, Day Five

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing stop sweep of the Mighty 3/11 Robert-Morton Theatre Pipe Organ installed at the Polk Theatre in Lakeland.
The stop sweep of the Mighty 3/11 Robert-Morton Theatre Pipe Organ.

After a morning in Dunedin, we took the buses east to Lakeland, home of the historic downtown Polk Theatre. Tonight, we were going to see a classic silent movie, The Cameraman starring Buster Keaton, with live Theatre Pipe Organ accompaniment by Clark Wilson on the Mighty Robert Morton installed there.

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A close up of the stop sweep.

In the picture above, we see the stop sweep of the Mighty 3/11 Robert-Morton Theatre Pipe Organ installed at the Polk Theatre in Lakeland, about 40 miles east of Clearwater.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing Clark Wilson getting ready to play.
Clark Wilson getting ready to play.

After an introduction by the Master of Ceramonies, Clark Wilson comes out to take t6he bench of the 3/11 Mighty Robert Morton Theatre Pipe Organ for an evening of silent movie enjoyment.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing Clark Wilson at the console of the Mighty Robert Morton.
Clark Wilson at the console of the Mighty Robert Morton.

Clark played a variety of songs prior to the screening of The Cameraman. His performance was stellar, as was the sound of this majestic organ installed in one of the three remaining atmospheric theatres in Florida.

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The first frame of The Cameraman.

As soon as the first frame of The Cameraman lit up the screen, I knew we were in for a treat as Clark wove the soundtrack behind the movie so flawlessly that I forgot he was there.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing Clark Wilson posing for the camera.
Clark Wilson posing for the camera.

When the movie was over, Clark generously lingered at the console for the photographers on the scene.

05/26/2006

Grace Baptist Church, Day Four

Friday was the fourth day of our stay in Tampa for the Convention. Today would be an all day visit to Grace Baptist Church in Sarasota, home of the J. Tyson Forker Memorial 4/32 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing the keydesk of the J. Tyson Forker Memorial 4/32 Mighty WurliTzer.
The keydesk of the J. Tyson Forker Memorial 4/32 Mighty WurliTzer.

Here, we are looking up at the keydesk of this magnificent machine just before Lew Williams took the bench for the first concert of the day.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing Lew Williams at the console of the J. Tyson Forker Memorial 4/32 Mighty WurliTzer.
Lew Williams at the console of the J. Tyson Forker Memorial 4/32 Mighty WurliTzer.

Lew Williams was in total charge and top form at the console of the J. Tyson Forker Memorial 4/32 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ, tastefully putting the enormous instrument through its myriad paces.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing Lew Williams speaking with the audience at Grace Baptist Church.
Lew Williams speaking with the audience at Grace Baptist Church.

Lew Williams was a true gentleman with a fine stage presence. Here, we see him speaking with the audience at Grace Baptist Church between songs. His playing was outstanding and the crowd went nuts.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing Ken Double introducing David Gray for the second concert of the day.
Ken Double introducing David Gray for the second concert of the day.

After an intermission between concerts, Ken Double introduces David Gray, Winner of the 2006 ATOS Young Artist Competition, for the second concert of the day.

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David Gray at the console of the J. Tyson Forker Memorial 4/32 Mighty WurliTzer.

David Gray took command at the console of the J. Tyson Forker Memorial 4/32 Mighty WurliTzer. There was not a stop unused as he masterfully played an incredable variety of songs. The crowd was bowled over, giving him standing ovations.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing David Gray speaking to the audience at Grace Baptist Church.
David Gray speaking to the audience at Grace Baptist Church.

Although David has lost the little boy tone in his voice since we last heard him in California last year, he has lost none of his charm. He had the large gathering of happy fans on the edge of their seats.

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Donnie Rankin at the console of the J. Tyson Forker Memorial 4/32 Mighty WurliTzer.

Donnie Rankin took the bench of the J. Tyson Forker Memorial WurliTzer for the third concert of the day. Donnie was the Winner of the Intermediate Division Competition of 2006.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing the overhead screen which afforded the audience a close up view of the organist's hands.
the overhead screen showing a close up view of the organist's hands.

During most of the shows at the Convention not involving silent films, an overhead screen was installed so that the audience got an up close and personal view of the artists' hands as they played.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing Richard Hills at the console of the J. Tyson Forker Memorial 4/32 Mighty WurliTzer.
Richard Hills at the console of the J. Tyson Forker Memorial 4/32 Mighty WurliTzer.

Richard Hills took the bench of the J. Tyson Forker Memorial 4/32 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ after Donnie Rankin for the fourth concert of the day. He proved to be one of England's finest musicians, lovingly coaxing much beautiful music from this majestic machine. The crowd joyously cheered him on and gave him a standing ovation for an encore.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing Richard Hills posing at the console for Publicity Shots.
Richard Hills posing at the console for Publicity Shots.

After his concert, Richard kindly took time for the photographers, posing for numerous publicity stills.

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Richard Hills and David Gray posing for the photographers.

Richard Hills and David Gray posed for the photographers in a quickly planned group picture session.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing Donnie Rankin, Richard Hills and David Gray posing for pictures.
Donnie Rankin, Richard Hills and David Gray posing for pictures.

Here, we see three fine young men in the world of the Theatre Pipe Organ, Donnie Rankin, Richard Hills, and David Gray at the console posing for the camera.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing David Gray and his mother posing for the camera.
David Gray and his mother posing for the camera.

Finally, we got David Gray to pose at the console with his mother for a once in a lifetime shot.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing the interior of Michaels' East, where we enjoyed a wonderful dinner.
The interior of Michaels' East, where we enjoyed a wonderful dinner.

After the first two thirds of our stay in Sarasota, we dined at the gorgeous Michael's East Restaraunt. This venue was stunning in every detail, with abundant tropical plant life everywhere we looked.

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The atrium of Michael's East Restaurant.

Here, we see the greenery filled atrium of Michael's East Restaurant. The whole place was decorated to resemble a tropical paradise and the food was delicious and courteously served by very friendly waiters and waitresses.

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The crowd assembles for the events of the evening at Grace Baptist Church.

After the wonderful dinner at Michael's East, we returned to Grace Baptist Church for the evening show featuring the incredibly talented Jelani Eddington. The church was packed to near capacity by 800 eager Theatre Pipe Organ fans.

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The Florida West Coarst Symphony assembled on stage.

The Florida West Coarst Symphony assembled on stage to open the show, later to be accompanied by Jelani for a unique blend of music. The crowd was in total awe of the fantastic sound.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing Jelani Eddington at the console of the J. Tyson Forker Memorial 4/32 Mighty WurliTzer.
Jelani Eddington at the console of the J. Tyson Forker Memorial 4/32 Mighty WurliTzer.

Jelani put on a spectacular show, having recorded and performed on this supurb instrument before. He brought the house down with his uncanny precision and great stage presence. He received deserving standing ovations from the entire audience for encores.

05/25/2006

The Tampa Theatre, Day Three

Thursday, Tom an I spent our third day in Tampa for the 51st Annual ATOS Convention of 2006.

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Fellow TPO enthusiasts registring for the Convention.

The first thing to do taday was officially sign up at the registration table. This only took a few minutes as Chuck Peirson, President of MTOS, and his ablebodied team went immediately to work on the task at hand.

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Looking up at the Tampa Theatre facade and marquee.

The next thing to do was board the busses for the historic Tampa Theatre, home of the 1927 3/14 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ. Here, we are looking up at the facade and marquee on the front of the building, one of only three atmospheric theatres left in the state of Florida with an original pipe organ installation.

Click here to download a 1944 x 2592 JPG image showing Bob Davidson and Jack Mollman out front at the Tampa Theatre.

Many ATOS officials were in attendence for the opening concert of the Convention featuring the incredable Walt Strony at the console. Here, we see the newly elected ATOS President Bob Davidson with the legendary Jack Mollman.

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Master of Ceremonies Ken Double opening the Convention.

After all had found their seats in the majestic theatre, Convention Master of Ceremonies Ken Double opened the show with a bang, bringing Walt Strony to the stage for Console Up!

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Walt riding the lift as the console rises from the organ pit.

Here we see Walt Strony riding the lift as the console of the 3/14 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ rises from the organ pit.

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Walt at the console of the Mighty WurliTzer.

Walt put on an incredible show that won him two standing ovations for encores.

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Walt Strony posing for publicity shots at the 3/14 Mighty WurliTzer.

After the show was over, Walt generously posed for publicity shots at the console of the 3/14 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing the keydesk of the 3/14 Mighty WurliTzer.
Looking down on the keydesk of the 3/14 Mighty WurliTzer.

The Tampa Theatre is fortunate enough to be listed on the National Historic Places Registry, and it still has the original pipe organ installed from when the building was constructed in 1927. The console is an Empire Style that was recently refinished by CFTOS President Cliff Schaffer.

05/24/2006

The Pre Glow In Orlando, Day Two

Wednesday was the second day of our Convention trip featuring the highly anticipated Pre Glow show to be held at Lake Brantley High School in Altemonte Springs outside Orlando on the Don Baker Memorial 3/18 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ played by Tom Hoehn.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing Per Schultz at the console of the Don Baker 3/18 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ.
Per Schultz at the console of the Don Baker 3/18 Mighty WurliTzer.

We left the hotel early in the morning, as soon as the remote office was set up. After meeting and joining up with Bob Davidson at his house in Seminole for the journey, Tom, Per Schultz and I headed out to Orlando to finish getting ready for the afternoon show. Per took the bench as we were doing last minute checks of the Don Baker Memorial 3/18 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ. I caught him in the act in the picture above.

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The keydesk od the Don Baker Memorial 3/18 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ.

After Per gave the old gal a go, we took this shot of the keydesk od the Don Baker Memorial 3/18 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ. The console is a Bob Arndt replica with Allen keyboards and Syndyne stop action, based on a Style 260 Special much like what the new three-manual MidiTzer might look like in real life.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing Tom Hoehn warming up at the Don Baker WurliTzer.
Tom Hoehn warming up at the Don Baker WurliTzer.

After all the checks were completed, Tom bagan warming up at the Don Baker WurliTzer. His warm up session lasted nearly two hours. After they told us folks were coming in, we went back stage.

One of the buses was over a half hour late, delaying the show. We had to sell CD's from the stage.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing Tom Hoehn warming up in the auditorium of Lake Brantley High School.
Tom Hoehn warming up in the auditorium of Lake Brantley High School.

In the wide shot above, we see Tom Hoehn during the final moments of his warmup session in the auditorium of Lake Brantley High School. The unenclosed pipework can be readily seen in front of the chambers above and to each side of the stage.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing Tom Hoehn at the console of the Don Baker WurliTzer as seen from above.
Tom Hoehn at the console of the Don Baker WurliTzer as seen from above.

During Tom's long warmup, we were able to wander about the auditorium and get some shots from angles one normally does not see. In the shot above, we are looking down through a slit in the acoustic ceiling with a telephoto lense from over 100 feet away.

Click here to download a 1944 x 2592 JPG image showing Tom Hoehn taking the bench for the Pre Glow show.
Tom Hoehn taking the bench for the Pre Glow show.

Here, we see Tom Hoehn taking the bench at the Don Baker Memorial 3/18 Mighty WurliTzer for the Pre Glow show. During the first of two sets, he wore a black jacket and white shirt.

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Tom speaking with the crowd between selections.

Always an artist with good showmanship and warm congeniality, we see Tom speaking with the crowd between selections in the shot above. The first set of his concert was well recieved by the happy audience of over two hundred in attendance that afternoon.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing Tom Hoehn at the console during the second half of the Pre Glow Show.
Tom Hoehn at the console during
the second half of the Pre Glow Show.

When Tom came back on stage for the second half of the Pre Glow show, he was dressed in a white jacket. During this part of the concert, Tom showed everyone present what this little organ could do in the hands of a talented artist. The crowd went nuts after every song.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing Tom posing for photos at the console of the Mighty WurliTzer.
Tom poses for photos at the console of the Mighty WurliTzer.

At the end of the concert, we see Tom posing for photos at the console of the Mighty WurliTzer. All who heard this great performance wnet away pleased having seen a rapidly rising star in the TPO universe.

05/23/2006

Settling In At Tampa, Day One

Tuesday was the first day of our venture over to Tampa Bay for the 51st Annual ATOS Convention of 2006. We arrived at the Bay Side Marriott Hotel in Tampa around noon and begin prepearing for the Pre Glow show in Orlando on Wendnesday after checking in at the hotel.

Click here to download a 1944 x 2592 JPG image showing Tom Hoehn setting up the Walnut Hill Remote Office of Operations.
Tom Hoehn setting up the Walnut Hill Remote Office of Operations.

As soon as we had all the luggage in the room, Tom Hoehn began setting up the Walnut Hill Remote Office of Operations. We were going to need an internet connection for managing the mail and groups, and a means of burning DVD's of all the pictures we had planned to take and store on the laptop computer during the event.

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The hotel swimming pool as viewed from a 13th floor window.

When I looked out the window of our room on the fourth floor, I saw this vast blue swimming pool built on the roof of the third floor. I went up to the thirteenth floor to get a better view and took this shot. This huge pool was a maximum of three feet deep everywhere. There were not many hotel guests round about the pool because the day was highly overcast.

05/22/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 23,205 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005 and the 33,055 since we went online on April 4th of 2004. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King as we excede 33,000 loyal partons!

Off To The Convention!

Today, Tom Hoehn became the 33,000th visitor to Walnut Hill as he sat taking a break from work at his IBM office in Tampa.

This evening, we made ready for the trip to the 51st Annual ATOS Convention to be heald in and around the Greater Tampa Florida Area. Tomorrow, we pull out of Clearwater at noon.

The Walnut Hill Office will be closed until the 31st of May. We will keep the May issue of the Gazette up until we get the May and June features up when we return to work in 8 days. Stay tuned...

05/21/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 23,113 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005 and the 32,953 since we went online on April 4th of 2004. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King as we aproach 33,000 loyal partons!

Approaching 33,000 Visitors!

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Since we did not get the new features up on time this month, we are going to run a double feature set in june after the Convention.

We will be adding content to the May Issue of the Gazette and holding it in the front pages through June before moving it to the Archives in July.

Rebuilding the server and working on the office was long in coming but definately needed, and the wait will be worth it. Stay tuned...

05/20/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 23,100 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005 and the 32,950 since we went online on April 4th of 2004. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King as we aproach 33,000 loyal partons!

Setting Up The Server...

Today we installed the software needed for internet operations and validated all the accounts on the server. This took many hours but the machine is now ready to receive the productivity suite which will include tools from Adobe, Microsoft Office, Twelve Tones and Sonic Foundry.

We made major progress today by successfully connecting to the hosting server in Houston to do a news update. Stay tuned for further developements...

05/19/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 23,090 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005 and the 32,899 since we went online on April 4th of 2004. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King as we aproach 33,000 loyal partons!

Taming The Beast...

The rebuild of the server continued today. We were able to get a fresh OS on the new boot sector, a Seagate 120GB ATA133 hard drive, one of two installed on the primary IDE socket of the motherboard.

The installation and updating of the OS went rather smoothly, with only a short hunt for newer drivers. We spent most of the day tuning the OS and preparing the seven other 30GB partitions on the system for file transfers. We need to move over 70GB of data from the four old drives to the two new ones. Before we could do that, many applications needed to be installed...

05/18/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 23,045 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005 and the 32,895 since we went online on April 4th of 2004. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King as we aproach 33,000 loyal partons!

Houston, We Have A Go!

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The new core installed in the server and powered up.

Early this morning, we went back to work on the server. We found some power cables not plugged in properly on the motherboard. Fixing these brought the beast to life. The rest of the day's work consisted of debugging the old OS so we could do file transferes.

After several hours of unsuccessful debugging, we gave it a rest for the morrow. What was needed was a fresh OS and clean drives...

The picture above shows a close up of the new core. Notice the bundle of 80-conductor IDE cables going up the right-hand edge of the picture. There are enough sockets on these cables for eight IDE devices.

05/17/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 23,020 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005 and the 32,870 since we went online on April 4th of 2004. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King as we aproach 33,000 loyal partons!

It Fell And Wouldn't Get Up!

After spending over eight hours disassembling the server and cleaning all the parts prior to reassembly, we powered it up to find no lights, whirring fans, nothing. It simply would not go.

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The new core awaiting power.

Here is the new core just after installation. Notice that the only add-on cards in place on the motherboard are the video engine and second IDE hard drive controller.

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The old core after removal from the chassis.

This is the old core, which will get installed in Kimmy's computer as an upgrade. This core has served us well as the heart of our very powerful server, and it will make a nice workstation for Kimmy's demanding graphic editing needs.

We decided to give it a rest so we would not do anything foolish, for I was fatigued after eight hours of maintanence duty.

It had to be something simple...

05/16/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 22,994 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005 and the 32,804 since we went online on April 4th of 2004. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King as we aproach 33,000 loyal partons!

The Server Rebuild

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The new core for the main data server.

Today saw the completion of the new core for the main data server here at Walnut Hill's home office. This core would replace one that was over three years old which will get used in another machine. More on that later.

As you can see, there is ample thermal solutions on the circuitry, including the stock Intel Pentium4 FPGA478 CPU Cooler, a fan on the 865PE North Bridge, heatsinks on the DDRAM chips and a heatsink on the ITE South Bridge. The ATI Radeon 9550 8X AGP card does not have a fan but it does have a rather large heatsink. Two Seagate 120GB hard drives would replace the four original drives.

Click here to download a 1944 x 2502 JPG image showing the old core of the server prior to removal.

In the picture above, we see the old core prior to being pulled from the chassis. All the drive lines and power feeds have been unplugged.

05/15/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 22,951 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005 and the 32,771 since we went online on April 4th of 2004. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King as we aproach 33,000 loyal partons!

05/14/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 22,916 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005 and the 32,736 since we went online on April 4th of 2004. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King as we aproach 33,000 loyal partons!

05/13/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 22,876 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005 and the 32,696 since we went online on April 4th of 2004. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King as we aproach 33,000 loyal partons!

05/12/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 22,835 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005 and the 32,655 since we went online on April 4th of 2004. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King as we aproach 33,000 loyal partons!

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image showing Walnut Hill Manor after phase 1 of the makeover.
Walnut Hill Manor after phase 1 of the makeover.

Phase 1 of the makeover to improve the appearance of Walnut Hill Manor was completed today. Phase 1 included hanging vinyl lattace work outside and below the center rail of the screened porch.

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Walnut Hill Manor gets a Tiki Hut.

The improvements also included hanging Boston Ferns and bamboo blinds inside to give the small space the look of a Tiki Hut. A fan was placed to make the climate more comfortable and inviting on the hot summer days of sunny Florida.

05/11/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 22,794 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005 and the 32,644 since we went online on April 4th of 2004. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King as we aproach 33,000 loyal partons!

05/10/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 22,764 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005 and the 32,614 since we went online on April 4th of 2004. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King as we aproach 33,000 loyal partons!

05/09/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 22,716 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005 and the 32,566 since we went online on April 4th of 2004. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King as we aproach 33,000 loyal partons!

The Tiger Man Joins Walnut Hill Team!

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Bob Harris, the Tiger Man.

Kimmy's cousin Bob Harris, also known as "Tiger" or "the Tiger Man", joined the Walnut Hill Production team today as the newest member of the staff.

He will be working in the computer construction department and the carpentry department.

Bob has expressed an interest in computer hardware. Thus, he will be training at CoyoteNET Digital System Solutions as a hardware assembly technician.

He is also a very skilled carpenter. When we decide to build a piece of custom furniture for the office or do carpentry jobs around the manor, Bob is our first choice based on his track record alone.

We are very proud to have the Tiger Man onboard!

05/08/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 22,682 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005 and the 32,532 since we went online on April 4th of 2004. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King as we aproach 33,000 loyal partons!

05/07/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 22,648 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005 and the 32,498 since we went online on April 4th of 2004. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King as we aproach 33,000 loyal partons!

05/06/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 22,608 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005 and the 32,458 since we went online on April 4th of 2004. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King as we aproach 33,000 loyal partons!

05/05/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 22,588 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005 and the 32,438 since we went online on April 4th of 2004. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King as we aproach 33,000 loyal partons!

05/04/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 22,571 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005 and the 32,361 since we went online on April 4th of 2004. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King as we aproach 33,000 loyal partons!

05/03/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 22,531 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005 and the 32,361 since we went online on April 4th of 2004. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King as we aproach 33,000 loyal partons!

05/03/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 22,486 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005 and the 32,316 since we went online on April 4th of 2004. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King as we aproach 33,000 loyal partons!

05/02/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 22,433 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005 and the 32,283 since we went online on April 4th of 2004. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King as we aproach 33,000 loyal partons!

Clearing The Slate Clean

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Kimmy at the computer checking bank balances online.

Early this afternoon, a long standing goal was reached at Walnut Hill. All outstanding debts were paid in full. This left Kimmy and I, the owners of the fledgeling company, paying only cost of living expenses. Now we could move to phase two, getting parts for the office machines and supplies for the porch. We chose to tackle the computer parts first and headed out to CompUSA in Dunedin for the goods.

05/01/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 22,413 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005 and the 32,263 since we went online on April 4th of 2004. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King as we aproach 33,000 loyal partons!

Walnut Hill Gets A Makeover

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Walnut Hill Manor before the makeover.

Today, Walnut Hill Productions came into a financual windfall which would allow us to get out of debt, fix problems with our aging office computers and make improvements to the residence. We spent most of the day drawing up the plans for the makeover.

First on the list of things to do was clear any and all household debts. Next, we needed parts for the three office computers. Then, we needed to trim out the front porch to make the residence have better curb appeal, whilst also getting the many boxes full of computer parts and books, etc., that were in the house out and into storage elsewhere. Finally, we had to prepare for the Convention and a visit from Kimmy's mother afterwards. We got pictures along the way...

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