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Volume Three - Issue Eight

Contributing Editors

The Control Room - Richard Mogridge - Webmaster
Console Up! - Tom Hoehn, Lead Editor
The Skandia WurliTzer - Per Olof Schultz, Associate Editor
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Daily News

08/31/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 27,602 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

Major Shake-Up For ATOS

This was posted on the Theatre Organ Home Page mailing list by Tremulant Off on August 31st of 2006. We quote him below usint blue text. Those he quotes are in green text.

For those of you needing to know the true reasons for the mass resignation of ATOS board members yesterday, read this extremely long posting. It contains the resignation letters submittied to ATOS by resigning board members via electronic mail yesterday. There is now no room for conjecture and no room for speculation. The reasons are clear.

Letter of Resignation from Bob Davidson

Dear ATOS Secretary,

In view of the secret board meeting with a private guest list and exclusion of five other board members conducted by conference call yesterday, 8/29/2006, the phone call from Director, Don Near, to notify me of the Board majority to remove me from office, and the subsequent email letter received from ATOS Vice President, Michael Fellenzer, it is clear that an illegal coup has taken place. Since my election to the Office of President the end of May, there has continued to be a relentless attack on me personally by this handful of Directors that did not support the ballot for me as President.

The July 6, 2006, conference call was nothing more than a demonstration of power and resulted not only in the firing of Dan Bellomy as Web Site Manager but sending a message to those of us that did not bend to their every liking to be on notice that we can be replaced. It is apparent that my term of President will contribute to nothing more than continued problems and issues for ATOS as this select few will continue to mire us into political arguments and contribute to no value added contributions to ATOS. This group has continued to stretch, ignore, and interpret our bylaws and policies to achieve there personal agendas. The contribution of these few are so filled with vengeance and animosity for previous actions taken by the Board that no true positive work on behalf of ATOS will be undertaken at all until the changes they want are completed. From Jelani Eddington's most recent email stating numerous research into California Corporate Law to defend his own actions but yet doing nothing in the past two years of his term as a Director to ensure that our bylaws and policies conform to California Law, has frustrated me to the point that I cannot truly function in a positive manner as the ATOS President.

Therefore, it is only fitting with much regret that I tender my resignation as President of ATOS effectively immediately. I have no desire to continue to try and uphold our bylaws and policies as written with continued personal attacks from these individuals. I also have no desire to defend myself in a "Kangaroo Court" setting as was conducted on July 6, 2006, for the purpose of disposing of Dan Bellomy as our Web Site Manager. This has been the personal agenda of these individuals from the adjournment of the 2006 Annual Board Meeting as it has been clear for the past two months they are seeking revenge for not getting the candidats they prefer elected. They defend the actions of their own, whether right or wrong as in the case of Michael Fellenzer's refusal to release the ATOS Domain control as directed by the Board, to persecute those of us trying to lead ATOS in a positive manner. Rather than continue to be a part of this humiliating situation, it is better for me to step down as President and allow them to self destruct ATOS on their own.

Sincerely,

Bob Davidson

Letter of Resignation from Nelson Page

Michael Fellenzer

ATOS Vice-President

Dear Michael,

I hereby resign my position as a member of the American Theatre Organ Society Board of Directors effective immediately.

Respectfully submitted,

Nelson Page

Letter of Resignation from Jack Moelmann

TO: The ATOS President (whoever that currently may be August 30, 2006 or to Whom It May Concern:

Subject: Letter of Resignation

This is probably the most difficult letter I have ever had to write. For the "legal beavers", I am writing this in accordance with paragraph 5.4 of theATOS bylaws which for the legally minded states: "Any officer may resign at any time by giving written notice to the Board of Directors, to the President, or to the Secretary of the Society. Any such resignation shall take effect on the date of receipt of such notice or at any later time specified therein, and, unless otherwise specified therein, the acceptance of such resignation shall not be necessary to make it effective." This is not now a threat which I have been accused of making, but is now a fact.

Therefore, I resign my 2006-2007 term as ATOS Secretary effective immediately and with many regrets, more than you will ever know. (In accordance with the above, I shouldn't have to send it to anyone but myself as Secretary, but thought I should send it to all of you as the Board and the President whoever that is or will be, and the staff for their information, ref moelmann vs ATOS, August 2006, as filed someplace.

As you know, or maybe you don't know, who knows, I have served continuously on the Board of Directors of ATOS since 1983 when I was first elected and served as Secretary since 1995. All of those years will be and are great memories for me and I hope that I have served ATOS well in various capacities including President from 1985-1988.

During that time I have met and worked with a lot of wonderful people, helped with guiding our organization through many hurdles, developed many friendships, and served formally or informally on many committees as well as serving our membership with information when they needed it. Never during that time have I ever been more disappointed and frustrated than I have been in the last few months. You, the Board (not necessarily the staff), have been very divided in what you have tried to do to undermine the great work of the organization. Your action in firing Dan Bellomy was the beginning in July. A great guy, a personal friend, and a potentially hard worker had he been given the tools needed to do the job with the web site, and who had served on the Board for the previous six years dealing with his committee activities in an outstanding manner.

Then the essentially firing (call it forced retirement, resignation, or whatever you want to call it) of our current President, Bob Davidson, because he wasn't at your beckoned call immediately or responsive to what you thought should be done and be done when you wanted it done, and what you were almost demanding him to do. You never gave him a change or supported what he could do. Then there are those who ignored Fr. Gus Franklin as the immediate Past President, while not having a vote, but not including him initially in applicable correspondence and inviting his experience as a Past President. He was just thrown out "with the bath water".

Just three months ago some self-proclaimed experts joined the Board and thought that they knew everything which they didn't. They just weren't happy with the way things were going. Job descriptions were ignored (some which haven't been updated in perhaps 10 years, e.g. Education Committee dated 1997), we had chapter and verse on California Law and Supreme Court Cases (who cares) which really had nothing to do with the normal business of ATOS which has gone on for some 50 years now without problems or major concerns until now.

There were and will continue to be personality conflicts with the people on the Board and I am not going to name names but I don't want to be part of it. It used to be a Board of Directors that got along socially, had fun, got things done, and admired and appreciated one another for what each and everyone had to offer be they musical talents, business expertise, or just being good people. Normal Board votes were unanimous. That is not the case now and won't be for a few years to come.

I leave the Board with very strong mixed emotions but the greatest is knowing that I don't have to be involved with all of the fighting going on and don't look at the past or even care about the effect of these current activities on the future of both ATOS as an organization or what we are all about (yes I really do), presenting and saving the theatre organ artform.

Personally, I look at the past as being named an Honorary Member of ATOS in 1994, presented a special award in 2003 for 20 years of continuous and faithful service to the Board of Directors, and will cherish these honors for years to come and will continue to be a proud member of ATOS. My life on and with the Board is history now but my love for ATOS and the theatre organ will live on forever. You can't take that away from me though you may try.

I will attend conventions even though I have to pay for them myself, enjoy meeting with great friends and meeting new ones, and watching all of you and what you are doing playing in your sand box, hopefully for the betterment of ATOS but you better get a better organization going and get a better understanding of how to get along with people or you will fail.

I hope to be able to continue with the ETONES and do what I can for that unless you want to replace me, but that's about all I will do.

When you name a new Secretary, I will be glad to provide all of the files which I have and they are numerous and some more important to the organization than what some of this controversy is over concerning the files for the Journal held by Dale Baker. Come and get them.

Sincerely yours, and with great regret I depart what was once a great Board of Directors,

{sign by this date}

J A C K M O E L M A N N,

ATOS Secretary, Retired

Letter of Resignation from William Russell Holmes

August 30th, 2006

For the attention of: The Directors and Officers of the American Theatre Organ Society.

With the resignation of the current ATOS President and 3 Past Presidents, I see today as the darkest day in the 51 year history of ATOS. Since the meeting in Tampa, it has been clear that ATOS is no longer functioning as a team with common goals and objectives.

Indeed, if we look at what has been achieved in the last three months one can't find much to show for it, other than a hefty phone bill. The immediate resignation (as a Board member) of the newly appointed Vice President to provide a Board seat opening caused me much discomfort but I went along with it. However, the subsequent removal of Dan Bellomy as Web Site manager and the means in which that was achieved, led the organisation down a destructive path. As was often hinted at, it became quite apparent that it was only a matter of time before those that didn't vote or support Bob Davidson as President moved to have him removed from office.

The actions and attitudes of certain Board members has led to the resignation and dismissal of individuals who have had nothing but ATOS' best interests at heart. The manner in which recent business has been conducted has certainly not been in the spirit and best traditions of the ATOS that I have been a part of for almost 20 years. It has come to my attention that a majority of the Board decided to hold a conference call meeting to discuss how to deal with the current President. The outcome from that call was Don Near's phone call and Michael Fellenzer's followup e-mail, which effectively was a 'resign or be removed' communication. The fact that I was not approached or included in this call demonstrates to me that my opinion or thoughts on this matter (and presumably future matters) are of no value to those that were involved in this process. The fact that I was not to be included or notified of his action shows a severe lack of trust. This point was further re-iterated this evening when I received a call from Don Near who had been asked to leave a 'Board' conference call to assess my intentions.

If there was any hint of team work or trust then why wasn't I included in the call? I have deliberately been left out of these meetings which in itself demonstrates that you have no place for me in your current scheme. I had hoped that my involvement in ATOS would help the organisation continue to grow and be successful both on the International stage and with the Young Organist's Competition. However, under the current conditions, I feel that I have no role to play in the leadership of ATOS in its current form.

Therefore, having thought long and hard about this, I have decided to resign my position as an elected Director of ATOS, effective immediately. This e-mail should therefore be considered as my formal resignation from this post, and associated committees. I have today completed an expenses claim form which I have submitted to the treasurer along with appropriate paperwork, for reimbursement of customary Convention and Mid Year meeting expenses and trust that these will be honored.

Sincerely,

Wm. Russell Holmes

Letter of Resignation from Father Gus Franklin

August 30, 2006

Dear Directors and Staff,

It is with a heavy heart that I hereby submit my resignation as the ex-officio member of the ATOS Board of Directors, effective immediately. I simply cannot continue to be associated with a group that is clearly being motivated by personal agendas, rather than by the desire to further the goals and objectives of ATOS.

Never in my life have I experienced such a nearly continuous display of moral and ethical bankruptcy, be it subtle or blatant. And it has been both. There are even paper trails of this and of the constant, behind-the-scenes orchestration of it which go back to, at least, last April. Enumeration of the incidents of this behavior is unnecessary. Those responsible know both who they are and what they have done. They must live with themselves and be accountable for their actions.

After serving three years as Vice President and the following three years as President and being blessed by having a wonderful Board with whom to work, it is nearly impossible to believe what is currently happening. Without a doubt, this is most certainly the saddest day for ATOS that I have ever seen or about which I have ever been informed.

Sincerely,

Gus

Fr. Gus L. Franklin

The Bone Doctor's View: Recent Events

In light of these events, Walnut Hill Productions will continue to support the efforts of those involved in the world of the mighty Theatre Pipe Organ and all that it stands for. However, we will do so outside of ATOS for now. I herewith resign my ATOS membership immediately. Since we are no longer near the organs of the MTOS and the CFTOS, we resign from those chapters as well so that we can focus on an instrument closer to home, the Tennessee Theatre 3/16 Mighty WurliTzer Balaban 2, the Princess Elenoir.

The company will focus more on other forms of music and projects and less on the Theatre Pipe Organ for the near future. The Gazette will be restructured so that it is easier to maintain but updates will occurr less frequently as a result. We will be relying on our field reporters for website content in the form of monthly columns in the Gazette.

If at some later time things begin to mellow out in the upper ranks of what could possibly be the King of Instruments' only true salvation and preservation as its founding fathers intended, we will concider rejoining ATOS. Time will tell...

God bless and happy playing.

08/30/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 27,500 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

All Systems Go!

After thoroughly testing the main data server, it appears that the surgery wew performed on it was successful. Though not much to look at, the drives all run much cooler and the system is stable without the need for rebooting or any of the random lock-ups that plagued it when we first set it up in the new location.

This month has witnessed many drastic changes for Walnut Hill. Rather than answer the myriad questions scattered about the Yahoo! music groups, Doc will make note here. All is well with the production company but as goes with any change, we are behind schedule. When the Featured Organ of the Month for September is posted, the news will be here. The instument has already been chosen. It is to be a surprise, for we are deviating a bit from the TPO in September as we await the materials that will be going into this feature.

After the first of the month, Walnut Hill will pay out the final bills from the old location thus closing all old business, and can then begin investing in the new office. There is much work to be done. At the moment, all equipment needed to continue our virtual organ research and recording projects is in storage awaiting installation later this year. New tracks from the Bone Doctor will be slow in coming but worht the wait.

There are two older computers in the residence that need a full cleaning and rebuild along with a total software reload. A third machine needs cleaning and minor repairs to the power and cooling subsystems. When complete, the new office will have four machines of which two will be connected to the internet. THe main data server will function as our virtual organ testbed and recording system. This is why we upgraded the hardware recently, making it more than up to the task with power to spare.

In closing, the next issue of the Gazette will be different. We are discontinuing the Dauly News section in favour of a Headline section. The Top Story section will remain. All ads near the top of the Gazette page are free to the owners of the ads because of the services they are providing to the TPO Community. Be sure to visit each one for they have much to offer and this website would not be possible without their contributions of knowledge, funds and time as well as hosting server space.

When things are totally settled down at the new office, we will be listing a price sheet for advertising and other services including jingle authoring and other recording tasks for WTPO Internet Radio. We have proven that the concept works, all we need is for folks to get on board as team players. We know you are out there. You know who you are...

08/29/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 27,402 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

The Bone Doctor Playing
The Allman 4/54 Symphonic VI
Virtual Orchestral Organ

Click here to listen to the Bone Doctor playing the Allman 4/54 Symphonic VI Virtual Orchestral Organ installed at Allman Music in Saint Petersburg, Florida.
The Bone Doctor plays the Allman
4/54 Symphonic VI
Virtual Orchestral Organ.

On the 8th of August in 2006, the Bone Doctor visited Ken Allman at Allman Music in Saint Petersburg, Florida. Ken has developed a virtual orchestral organ having four manual and fifty-four ranks. The program runs in Sun Java for Microsoft Windows XP. Click here to listen to some songs Doc played while noodling about on the massive machine loaded on a Dell Optiplex computer.

08/28/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 27,363 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

Hot Times For The Server

We are still having problems with the main data server. Not only did the machine sustain major mechanical damage due to the move, but it would seem that the climate is not kind to it as well. The new office in Tennessee, unlike the previous one we had in Florida, is not air conditioned. Thus, the heat is beyond the limits of the cooling equipment in the computer.

There was work done today in spite of the problems. New music is on its way from the Allman 4/53 Symphonic VI Orchestral Organ. The tracks, played by the Bone Doctor, were remastered from the tracks on the Allman Music webste and then converted to 128KB/sec WMA format before being transmitted to the website hosting server.

We removed the six hard drives from their drawers and removed the drawer cages from the tower. We then reinstalled the drives by bolting each one to the side of the drive bay of the tower using two screws per drive. Although they are now hanging by one side only, there is plenty of room for air to circulate around them in hopes that they will remain within safe operational temperature limits. Time will tell...

08/27/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 27,301 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

Office Closed On Sunday

As is usual for the office, no business was done on the Lord's Day. We spent the afternoon playing dominos, the kind that have a double fifteen. Movies are also enjoyed here, the household in the posession of over 400 DVD's and a nice home theatre system to play them on.

Yesterday, the server had some problems accessing the hard drives and went through a period of random lockups as a result. We have concluded that all six hard drive drawers and cages will have to be replaced due to mechanical damage sustained during the move. The vibrations cased the connections where the drawers mate with the cages to be compromised. Although the server is currently working fine, the condition of the drawers has made it rather fragile and great care must be employed when moving it about during servicing, etc.

08/26/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 27,274 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

Playin' The Blues

After a day of posting new pictures on the site, the Bone Doctor played with Mojo, a local blues band for an evening at Brakkin's Blues Club in downtown Maryville. It was like old hat for Doc has known and worked with the founding father of the band, Al Owrutzky, for many years.

Normally the Doctor plays keyboards for the band, but tonight the regular bassist had other engagements so Doc sat in. A fun time was had and many old friends were there. It was great to be back in the Green Hills of East Tennessee and back on stage.

For those who have been patiently waiting for the pictures from Doc's journey northward, the wait is over. Scroll down through this issue of the Gazette to see them all, including the moving of freight, the flight north, and settling in at the new location. Enjoy!

08/25/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 27,200 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

Photomanipulation Underway

Over 45 high resolution photographs were sent to the graphics editor today and prepared for sddition to the site. These pictures include shots of the move and the new office installation in Alcoa. Stay tuned as we add them in the days ahead. Hopefully all will be up by the first of the coming week, barring any glitches in the server.

08/24/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 27,170 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

Video Capture Issues

One of the things we do with the main data server is download video media from various sources such as cameras, VCR's, etc. for conversion to DVD. This is done via an installed video capture card.

When Charter Communications installed the new digital cable, it rendered the analogue card usless for broadcast reception. They gave us one converter box for the living room on the ground floor. They did not put one in the upstairs office. It brought to light the need for a newer video capture card compatable with today's HDTV standard.

The technician was supposed to arrive today to diagnose and solve our problem but after waiting all day, no show. Tomorrow we will get work done as we put the video capture project on the back burner for now. WTPO-TV will have to wait...

08/23/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 27,133 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

Full Steam Ahead!

The upgrades to the main data server went well. As soon as the new controller card was installed, the spead of the machine doubled. Now we can get down to business at last.

There are many new pictures to post and much to tell about the move. Also, we plan to make subtle changes here and there, along with new content in the days ahead. Stay tuned...

08/22/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 27,097 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

Open For Business

A trip was made to Knoxville's CompUSA to buy ergonomic pads for the office keyboard and trackball along with a new Belkin two-port PCI IDE Ultra ATA hard drive controller for the main data server. This new controller will give the massive computer the ability to run eight IDE devices at 133MB/sec. It will replace the existing Promise Fastrac two-port PCI IDE Ultra ATA controller which currently runs four of the six drives on the system at 100MB/sec.

The old controller will be put into another machine with less demanding requirements. This second computer will be installed in the game room on the ground floor of the new residence. It will serve as a gaming and internet browsing workstation. It will also be our emergency system should the main server need to be offline more than one day.

The server's new PCI IDE controller, due to be installed tomorrow, breaks the 137GB size limit inherant in the old card and matches the one found on the motherboard which controls the two primary drives containing the first eight partitions and two ATAPI DVD-ROM units. With the new card in place, the machine will support vast amounts of virtually unlimited disk space, over 130 petabytes per channel.

Also aquired was a new digital telephony system built by Uniden. The system consists of two handsets and a base station that can all function as speakerphones or intercoms. The wireless equipment operates at 5.8GHz and is compatable with the Vonage VoiP provider. Thus, our phone system works perfectly and the old number remains in place until further notice, wherein only the area code will change.

At the current time, Vonage does not yet offer telephone numbers beginning with Tennessee's newest 865 area code. As soon as they do, the office number will reflect the expansion of their local reach into our area. Until then, simply use the number posted at the top of this page to contact us here at Walnut Hill.

Once improvements to the server are completed, we can get back to processing some pictures of the move and the new office and residence. Stay tuned as the story unfolds...

08/21/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 27,042 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

Houston, We Have A Go!

Click here to download a x JPG image shoving

Last night, Doc worked on the main data server to find the trouble with the random lock-ups and slow booting. It was found to be a fault in the connections on the IDE bus where the drive drawers mate with their cages. During the ride north, these connections were jarred loose as the truck travelled rough roads over long distance.

When these connections were realigned, the server ran flawlessly. Today will be the acid test as the machine is put through her paces. We expect it to pass all tests with flying colors for the fine techs at CoyoteNET Digital Sytsem Solutions would have it no other way, even when dealing with our five year old machine.

08/20/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 27,005 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

Walnut Hill Reaches 27,000 Visitors!

A new milestone has been reached as we celebrate over 27,000 loyal fans in the Land of the King here at Walnut Hill. Since the site went online in April of 2004, there have been 36,855 folks click on our pages. We are averaging over 1,000 hits per month, keeping with a trend that has stayed stable during our time on the internet.

The office space is rapidly shaping up at our new Alcoa location. Since six o'clock this evening the main data server has been stable. This does not mean more troubleshooting can be avoided. This computer needs regular maintanence and the 865-mile trip to Tennessee hastened the need for a routine overhaul.

More Problems With The Server

The main data server was still iffy today as Doc struggled to find out why the random lock-ups were happening. The huge computer ran fine as long as there was user activity. When brought out of sleep, the rig would either not wake up or it would lock up as soon as the Windows desktop appeared.

It would seem from analysis of the crashes that the drawers containing the six hard drives were not getting a good signal due to faulty connections. The drawers suffered much mechanical stresses during the ride north, rendering the key switches that lock each drawer in place to become intermittant. At one point, the Primary Slave containing four partitions stopped working. One of these partitions contains all the data that comprises the local copy of the Walnut Hill website, about 5GB worth of files.

At around 4:15PM, the server seamed to be stable and woke from sleep successfully. However, the machine will need to be dissassembled and thoroughy checked for mechanical damage. Every part must be looked at under high magnification and cleaned prior to reassembly. The process involves over twenty hours of work and is a quarterly scheduled job.

The project, under tentative planning, will be spread out over three days. Dates have not yet been set. Day one will consist of taking everything apart. Day two will see all parts inspected and cleaned. Day three will be spent putting the computer back together and rigorously testing the system to see if all is well. After this task is finished, we can finally get back to work in the Land of the King. The move has put us way behind. Stay tuned as we catch up...

08/19/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 26,991 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

Allman Symphonic IV Updated!

Click here to learn more about the amazing 4/54 Allman Symphonic VI Virtual Orchestral Organ.
4/54 Allman Symphonic IV screenshot

This was posted at Theatre Organ SoundFonts on Yahoo! Music Groups today by Kent Allman of Allman Music in Saint Petersburg, Florida. We quote him below in blue text.

Hello All,

This post is for anyone using my Symphonic IV SoundFonts or the Symphonic IV jOrgan 4/54 console. I've just made a number of improvments to the sound font including tapering the major ranks tremulets in the lower octaves to more closely emulate the normal tapering off of the trems in the last octave before they hit the non tremmed offest ranks for the pedals. I fixed a number of minor looping issues and rank balances for better terracing between the ranks.

For those of you using the Symphonic IV console, the new disposition (console) has more unification with a new look. The Console now has 355 instument stops, 9 trems, Melody and Sub Melody couplers, 26 Standard Couplers, Toy Counter with Bell Tree, 70+ presets, 3 swell chambers + Crescendo & Sostenuto Pedals, 2nd touch, Voice Modifiers for 14 stops, 99+ level capture action memory system, uses 48 Midi Channels and 6 channels of audio. In summary, the Console now has a total of over 390 tabs and 70+ Pistons to play around with. The updates are located at http://www.allmanmusic.com/jOrgan.html.

Best Regards,

Kent

Problems With The Server

Getting online and staying connected proved to be quite a task. The main data server did not like the journey northward and experienced many broken connections during the ride. Doc opened 'er up and fixed all loose wiring only to find random lockups during operation.

Around two in the afternoon after several reboots of all the equipment, the Vonage VoiP system was working and the main data server had settled down with a solid intenet connection from Charter Communications at 5MB/sec. Now to play a long game of catch-up if we can keep the server running...

08/18/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 26,900 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

Opening The Office

After a full day of unpacking and setting things up, the main computer was finally up and running. Charter Communications arrived in the afternoon to get the cable going but there were snags. It took the rest of the evening and most of the night to get everything straightened out and working poroperly. The Vonage VoiP phone line was still not working, another task for the 'morrow.

Once an internet connection was established, Doc began the long task of updating the site, correcting references to the previous address in Florida. This was to become a work in progress spanning several days of hard work.

08/17/2006

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 26,860 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

Moving Day

Today, the freight arrived in Knoxville at last. Doc and Esco's friend Teddy secured a Pensky 17-foot truck and off to ABF they went to get Doc's stuff.

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image shoving the 17-foot Penski freight truck used to move Doc's stuff from Knoxville to Alcoa.
17-foot Penski freight truck

Click here to download a 2592 x 1944 JPG image shoving the empty 23-foot trailer used to haul Doc's stuff from Tampa to Knocville.
Empty 23-foot trailer

Click here to download a 1944 x 2592 JPG image shoving Doc's stuff loaded onto the 17-foot Penski freight truck.

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Pulling out of ABF Freight

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Parked at Square Jaw Ranch

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New office at Square Jaw Ranch

By the evening, all Doc's stuff was moved and the remainder of the day was spent resting by all.

08/16/2006

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Getting Settled In

The freight was still in Atlanta today. Doc spent the day cleaning and preparing the spaces for his things. The attic would serve as his new office and a second bedroom would be for his twin bed brought from Florida.

By the end of the day, the bedroom was ready to move into but the attic needed much more work.

08/15/2006

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Sunday At The Ranch

On the Lord's Day, relaxation was enjoyed as we all reconnected with eachother and played darts and dominoes. A storage facility for Walnut Hill Productions was rented.

Later in the evening, we enjoyed some movies on the Square Jaw Ranch's home theatre system. Sylvia treated us to a supper of grilled Whiting, spinach and cheesy maceroni. Life is good...

08/14/2006

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Visiting With Old Friends

Today was spent travelling southward to Lenoir City to visit with Al Owrutzky, the founding father and lead guitarist/vocalist of Mojo, a great blues band that the Bone Doctor has worked with for many years.

Al has finished landscaping his place and the yard is beautiful. Much fine homebrewed ale was sipped and many stories of yesterday shared. Plans were made to get some production work done for Mojo in the days ahead.

08/13/2006

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The First Day In Tennessee

Saturday was a day for relaxing and catching up. After a full day of flying, Doc was very tired and just needed to unwind from all the excitement of moving.

It was good to be back in the Green Hills of East Tennessee. Things change slowly in Alcoa and most things looked the same as they did over four years ago when Walnut Hill was still just a concept.

The supper of the evening was homemade beef stew. The water in Alcoa can be drank from the tap and it was good to sip mountain water again, for the water in Florida never tasted like this.

08/12/2006

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A Day In The Sky

This was posted on Yahoo!'s Walnut Hill VTPO newsgroup by Associate Editor Tom Hoehn:

On Friday afternoon, I transported the Bone Doctor to Tampa International Airport for his return flight to Knoxville. Since the security scare in London had happened on Thursday, we were taking no chances on having him miss his flight because of the long lines at security checkpoints.

His plane departed Tampa on time at around five in the evening. He arrived at Hartsfield International Airport in Atlanta, Georgea on time. His connecting flight to McGee-Tyson Airport in Knoxville was delayed. He arrived about 75 minutes late into Knoxville and was treated to Ice Cream by Hank and Sandy Wear after they picked him up at the airport proir to shuttling him off to the Square Jaw Ranch in Alcoa where he will be residing.

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Old rail gate

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Lobby at Gate E

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New monorail gate

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Boarding the plane

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Rolling out of Tampa

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The Take-Off

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Climbing upstairs

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Cruise altitude

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Descending into Atlanta

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Boarding the plane

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Rolling out of Atlanta

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The Take-Off

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Climbing upstairs

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Thunderhead over Atlanta

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Flying through the storm

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Nearing cruise altitude

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Landing at McGee-Tyson

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Gate 5 at McGee-Tyson

08/11/2006

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The Last Day In Clearwater

This was posted on Yahoo!'s Walnut Hill VTPO newsgroup by Associate Editor Tom Hoehn:

On Thursday morning, I went to the Bone Doctor's residence in Clearwater with a 24-foot Ryder truck. In 4 1/2 hours we had loaded it with his computers, organ and instruments. We proceeded to ABF Freight in Tampa and transferred the contents of the Ryder truck into a 6 linear foot space on an ABF 28-foot long pup trailer.

After transferring everything and dropping the Ryder truck back at the yard, the Bone Doctor and I trekked back to the original Florida base of Walnut Hill operations which was at my house. Dinner was had, cigars were smoked (Cuban Romeo y Juliettas) and a good night's sleep was had by all.

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Tampa Skyline

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Tom Hoehn's two Conns

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Tom Hoehn's Conn 653

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Casa Hoehn

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Tom Hoehn at the 645

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Papa Bill in his shop

08/10/2006

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The Last Day At Turner Street

Today was the last day Doc saw Kimmy as he loaded his things onto the truck. One last time would he rest in his bed in the Walnut Hill Manor office. Tomorrow was moving day and Doc needed rest for the long treck to come.

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24-foot truck

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Clear to dock

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To ready the lift

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Clear to load

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Cargo loaded

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Clear to undock

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Final check

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Prep for departure

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Bulkhead in place

08/09/2006

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08/08/2006

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I want to thank the 26,514 visitors to our site since January 1st of 2005. God bless all who come here, for you are welcome in the Land of the King!

Third Day Of Packing Up

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The Bone Doctor at the console of Ron Carter's Mighty Allen.
Picture by Tom Hoen, taken on 07/28/05.

It is amazing how much stuff one can accumulate in four years, even after leaving most of it behind a year ago. Today was spent packing Doc's personal items and the various surplus computer stuff owned by CoyoteNET Digital System Solutions.

Time flies when you're having fun, for it was one short year ago that Doc left Tennessee via a stop in Georgia to play Ron Carter's Mighty Allen GW-IV Digital Theatre Organ, as seen in the picture above courtisy of Tom Hoen.

Tomorrow will be spent packing the server, clothing and other remaining items for the trip on Thursday via U-Haul to a freight company in Tampa. On Friday, Doc will fly out of Tampa International Airport at 5PM for an 8:30PM arrival in Knoxville, Tenessee with one stop for a plane change in Atlanta, Georgia. Doc will be travelling light with a carry-on roll-around suitcase and a digital camera. The freight will arrive the following Monday or Tuesday in Knoxville for a second short U-Hual trip southward to Alcoa.

The internet service in Clearwater will stop on Friday and the power will be stopped on September 4th, one day after Kimmy and Bob head for California via a seven day jouney seeing the sights in a rented 2006 model minivan. Hopefully, Kimmy will document the trip with her digital camera so we can post the pictures in our upcoming History of Walnut Hill Productions page.

Since tomorrow is the last day Doc has to prepare packaged goods for shipment, we will be breaking down the server in the morning. Thus, this entry in the Gazette will be the final one before we reconnect in September. The new number and address has now been posted at the top of this page. The phone number is temporary and belongs to those whom Doc will be staying with.

In closing, Doc says to all the loyal patrons who make our site worth doing, "we shall see you here at the site from the Green Hills of East Tennessee in about three weeks if we don't break our shoelaces or the creek don't rise, Good Lord willin'."

08/07/2006

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Second Day Of Packing Up

Today, Doc packed his clothing and other personal things for the trek to Tennessee. Final checks were made to the server before shutting it down to be packed tomorrow. It was allowed to run for one last night in Clearwater. The small residence on Turner Street was beginning to look like a storage locker full of boxes.

08/06/2006

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First Day Of Packing Up

It is amazing how much stuff two people can accuulate in a year in one place after spending three years before moving, making four years worth of aquired belongings which needed to be separated and packed for shipment. Doc had lots of CD media and books which were boxed. Also, there were a miryad of small things to pack and a warehouse full of stuff to sort. By the end of the day, these things were done, leaving the clothing and computers to pack later.

08/05/2006

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The Move Is Definate

It is final. After a long day of talking and planning, it is definate that Kimmy and Doc will each go their own way on or around the 11th of August, 2006. After four years together, it is time to move on to other places, people and things. Kimmy never got the love for the King of Instruments and Doc could not give it up. A number of other incompatabilities had surfaced during the year they spent in Florida. Both feel this is the best decision for all.

08/04/2006

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Prepping The Office For The Move

Much file management and many revisions of online data had to be done today. There were lots of projects stored on the main data server that had to be dubbed over to the workstation, mostly files Kimmy created. Also, the disbursement of assets and belongings had to be carried out so the Kimmy ended up with all her stuff and Doc ended up with all of his. Tension was high most of the day but by nightfall, most of these tasks had been completed.

08/03/2006

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Decisions

Simply put, today was a rough day at the office. After much heated debate, it was clear that things in Florida were coming to an end for Walnut Hill Manor. A year in Florida has made Kimmy homesick for her family in Olivehurst, California. Doc will not be able to do normal business that far from a major metro area, Sacramento being the nearest at over fourty-five miles to the south.

Since Doc's father is in his early eighties, Doc has decided to go back to Tennesee. Also, there was much unfinished business prior to leaving a year ago, and now Doc can pick up where he left off. Stay tuned as the story unfolds...

08/02/2006

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Tom Hoehn Is New Group Owner
Of Theatre Organists Yahoo! Group

Bob Loesch, former owner of Theatre Organists on Yahoo! Music Groups, has passed the reigns of ownership to Tom Hoehn.

The Theatre Organists Group has long been a place where those who play or want to learn to play the King of Instruments could hang out and talk shop at any level of expertise and feel welcome. We believe that Tom will keep this tradition alive not only with his vast knowledge and talent but also his skills as a genuine people person. Be sure to visit the group if you are a member and give Tom a warm welcome. If you are not yet a member, we encourage you to join.

08/01/2006

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