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Volume Two - Issue Ten

Contributing Editors

The Control Room - Richard Mogridge - Webmaster
Console Up! - Tom Hoehn, Lead Editor
The Skandia WurliTzer - Per Olof Schultz, Associate Editor
MidiTzer Boot Camp - Russ Ashworth, Associate Editor
Mighty Hauptwerk - Jim Reid, Associate Editor
Desktop Goodies - Fred Willis
NYTOS Field Reporter - Eugene Hayek

Office of Operations

Walnut Hill Productions
1233 Sims Street
Ridgecrest, California 93555
Phone - 1-727-230-2610
10AM to 6PM PDT
Email - slowdog294@yahoo.com

TOP STORY

Walnut Hill Makes The Move
To New Office On Turner Street

Contributions over $2,450.00 came in to support the relocation of Walnut Hill Productions from Maryville, Tennessee to Clearwater, Florida. The entire process, when completed, will have taken over two months and lots of hard work by some very dedicated and true friends.

The move would not have been possible without the unconditional and unwavering friendship exibited by Tom Hoehn, who took a flight to Tennesse to get the Bone Doctor, rented a U-Haul truck to bring everything to Florida, and then shared his home during the months of August and September while Doc found his own place.

Click here to download a 2048 x 1536 JPG image of Papa Bill, Katie and Tom taking in one of Florida's beautiful sunsets from the front porch of Tom's house.
Papa Bill, Katie and Tom taking in a Florida sunset.

Thanks also go to Tom's wife, Katie, and Katie's wonderful father, Pappa Bill. These are fine folks, indeed and the world could use more people like them.

I want to thank these fine gentlemen who gave so generously to keep Walnut Hill going:

Before the move:

  1. Tom Hoehn - $1,000 for airfare and trucking costs
  2. Jim Reid - $400 reimbersment to Tom Hoehn

During the move:

  1. Cyrus Roton - Check for $100
  2. Dan Rowland - Check for $100
  3. Vern Jones - Check for $100
  4. Chaz Bender - Check for $100
  5. Jim Reid - Check for $100
  6. Fred Willis - Checks for $400

After the move:

  1. Papa Bill - U-Haul truck rental
  2. Fred Willis - Check for $100
  3. William Stamm - Check for $50

We are still accepting contributions, and the move is expected to be completed during the first week of October. I took possession of the new facility on the 29th of September and began moving equipment and personal items in on the same day. By October 4th, mostly everything was in place and operational.

To find out how to take part, email the Bone Doctor. You can also call the Walnut Hill office at 1-727-230-2610 between 12 Noon and 6PM Monday through Friday. We can never thank you enough.

Walnut Hill is growing. We are becoming the most popular destination for theatre organ fans on the internet, and it is you, our loyal patrons, who have made this possible. I can never thank you enough, and it is truly an honor beyond words to serve those who love the King of Instruments.

DAILY NEWS

10/29/2005

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 12,065 visitors to our site this year. God bless all who come here.

Theatre Organ Replay Adds New Material!

Click here to tune into Theatre Organ Replay at Live365.com!
Big Bertha at the Alabama Theatre

If you have yet to tune into Theatre Organ Replay at Live365.com, you have been missing out on one of the TPO worlds greatest treats. There is a wide selection of great songs from all your favorite artists, broadcast twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. It just doesn't get any better than that!

We quote the radio station's producer, Steve Worthington, below:

Just a quick update:

Over the last week I have added over four hours of new material.

The new content includes material from Billy Nalle, Vic Hammett, Tom Sheen, Ralph Wolf, Tiny James, Hector Olivera, Nigel Ogden, and Tom Hazleton, Virgil Fox (Wichita), Louis Mordish, Dennis James, Dudley Beaven and many more.

Some have asked when they can hear the new material. It occurs within the general play lists, but for those who can't wait for it in rotation, I have added "special" 2 hour segments daily, featuring just the new items.

These will run all next week from 10AM - Noon EDT and 8PM-10PM EDT.

There is now over thirty-one hours of Theatre Organ Music online. Just click the link below to listen:

http://www.live365.com/stations/tremmedtibia?play

Enjoy!

Steve

10/28/2005

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 12,036 visitors to our site this year. God bless all who come here.

Walnut Hill Reaches 12,000 Visitors In 2005!

Walnut Hill is having a record year in 2005 with over 12,000 visitors to date, making the month of October our busiest ever. You have made our site one of the top destinations for TPO fans on the internet, and we can never thank you enough. The Walnut Hill VTPO group on Yahoo! has 110 members.

In its first month of operation, the Theatre Organ Academy on Yahoo! has enrolled 70 students.

Also, the Mighty MidiTzer by Jim Henry and Crew Glasjev has aquired over 4,500 users worldwide. Yes, folks, the future is bright for the King of Instruments, indeed!

Mighty MidiTzer Version 0.41 Released!

Click here to visit the MidiTzer Download Page.

After many months of intense development, MidiTzer version 0.41 is available for download. The program has been completely redesigned.

Many new features have been added, including a working Toy Counter with sound effects, Second Touch, and an expanded control panel to easily setup multiple MIDI input and output devices, plus a host of refinements.

You can now play the Second Touch stops from any MIDI keyboard with aftertouch.

To find out more and get your copy, visit Joe Barron at VirtualOrgan.com today!

10/27/2005

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 11,960 visitors to our site this year. God bless all who come here.

Tom Hoehn And The Bone Doctor
At The Polk Theatre's 3/12 Robert Morton

Click here to see the Featured Organ of the Month for Novenber, 2005.
The console of the Polk Theatre's 3/12 Robert Morton Theatre Pipe Organ.
Click here to download the full size image of this fine instrument.

Music from Tom Hoehn and the Bone Doctor has been added to the Featured Organ of the Month for November 2005 page. Tom Hoehn can be heard playing the soundtrack to a puppet show rendition of Dracula entitled Harker. The Bone Doctor has three selections including Norwegian Wood by Paul McCartney of the Beatles.

Enjoy!

10/26/2005

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 11,900 visitors to our site this year. God bless all who come here.

The Featured Organ of the Month
for Novenber 2005 is up!

Click here see the 3/12 Robert Morton Theatre Pipe Organ installed at the Polk Theatre in Lakeland, Florida.
The console of the 3/12 Robert Morton Theatre Pipe Organ
installed at the Polk Theatre in Lakeland, Florida.

The Featured Organ for the month of Novenber is the 3/12 Robert Morton Theatre Pipe Organ installed at the Polk Theatre in Lakeland, Florida. It is the first Robert Morton to be featured here at Walnut Hill.

The page is still under heavy construction so wear your hard hat as you visit this new feature, for there is lots of content to come in the days ahead!

10/23/2005

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 11,657 visitors to our site this year. God bless all who come here.

The Featured Organ for the Month of June, 2004 page has been updated to include all the recordings we have available from the Bone Doctor, Chaz Bender, and Tom Hoehn. There are a total of 35 songs for your listening pleasure. That's a lot of music, folks, and it's all free!

10/21/2005

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 11,421 visitors to our site this year. God bless all who come here.

The Bone Doctor Turns 49

Click here to go to download a 2048 x 1536 JPG image of the Bone Doctor doing what he loves best - playing the Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ!
The Bone Doctor, Principal, Theatre Organ Academy at the console of
the J. Tyson Forker Memorial 4/32 Mighty WurliTzer
Theatre Pipe Organ installed at Grace Baptist Church in Sarasota, Florida

Fourty-nine years ago on Ocober 21st of 1956, Richard Mogridge, also known as the Bone Doctor, was born of William Edwin Mogridge Senior and Mary Naomi Perkins Mogridge at Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville, Tennessee.

This year, he will be celebrating his birthday with his loving wife to be, Kimmy, and their dear friends, Dan and Janett Rowland in the sunny state of Florida, somewhere between Doc's place in Clearwater and Dan's place in Saint Petersburg. More news as the story develops. Stay tuned...

10/18/2005

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 11,306 visitors to our site this year. God bless all who come here.

The Theatre Organ Academy Is Now Online

Click here to go to the Theatre Organ Academy on Yahoo! Music Groups.
The Bone Doctor, Principal, Theatre Organ Academy

After a week long trial run, the Theatre Organ Academy opens its doors on Yahoo! and begins the process of nominating teachers for the winter quarter. Founded by the Bone Doctor, who is acting principal, the Academy promises to be the place to go to learn how to play the King of Instruments! There are currently 35 students enrolled.

10/17/2005

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 11,272 visitors to our site this year. God bless all who come here.

Dan Rowland's Wall Of Fame Page Updated!

Click here to visit Dan Rowland's Wall of Fame page and se as well as listen to his Mighty MidiTzer!
Dan Rowland at the console of his Mighty MidiTzer

Dan Rowland has seen a lot of activity at his house lately with two Walnut Hill artists coming over to play his Mighty MidiTzer. This has resulted in his Wall of Fame page being updated with new songs and pictures.

Tom Hoehn recorded three songs and the Bone Doctor recorded eight more. Papa Bill, one of the Walnut Hill Organ Club's founding fathers, went along to see and hear the custom installation and was so impressed that he is rumored to be designing one for Tom.

Enjoy the new material and stay tuned for further developments.

10/15/2005

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 11,155 visitors to our site this year. God bless all who come here.

Dan Rowland And Tom Hoehn Team Up!

We finally got the very talented Tom Hoehn to go over to Dan Rowland's place to see his Mighty MidiTzer and give it a go. Tom blessed and wowed us with three selections, including Crazy by Patsy Cline, and two nice medleys.

Enjoy!

Russ Ashworth Takes A New Bench!

Click here to see Russ Ashworth's revised setup, featuring a new dog-leg bench.
The revised setup featuring a new dog-leg bench.

Russ Ashworth has been working on his Mighty MidiTzer installation. He has construncted a beautiful dog-leg bench to go with his virtual organ, making it more ergonomic and closer to the real thing. Way to go, Russ!

We posted some new pictures of the revised setup on his Wall of Fame page. Now that you know it can be done, get out your hammers, drills, and saws and get to work! Maybe Russ will send in some working drawings of this nice bench to make the job easier.

10/13/2005

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 11,062 visitors to our site this year. God bless all who come here.

Dan Rowland And The Bone Doctor Team Up!

Click here to learn about and listen to Dan's Mighty MidiTzer featured on Walnut Hill's Wall of Fame!
Wide shot of Dan's Mighty MidiTzer console.

Dan Rowland and the Bone Doctor are teaming up on Dan's Mighty MidiTzer. Doc is recording on this wonderful installation, featured on Walnut Hill's Wall of Fame. This is perhaps the finest MidiTzer installation out there, bar none. It can do not only MidiTzer SoundFont stops from John Tay and Bruce Miles, but it can also use any SoundFont in Dan's collection. Fonts can be switched and controlled on the fly and the whole machine is contained in a lovely console Dan's son Dave built by hand.

Enjoy the glorious sound of Dan's Mighty MidiTzer!

Gary Klechowitz's Wall Of Fame Page Updated!

Click here listen to Gerhard Klechowitz at the Mighty MidiTzer, a Virtual Style 216 2/10 WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ.
Gerhard Klechowitz at the Mighty WurliTzer installed at the
Avalon Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Today. we posted a new song on Gary Klechowitz's Wall of Fame page, done on the Mighty MidiTzer. Gary is one of our treasured Mighty MidiTzer players, delivering a fine rendition of the theme song from Little Orphan Annie.

Gary is also submitting some of his sessions from his days at the console of the Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ installed at the Avalon Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Stay tuned as the songs roll in...

Enjoy!

10/12/2005

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 11,000 visitors to our site this year. God bless all who come here.

Walnut Hill Marks 11,000 Visitors in 2005!

Today marked another milestone for Walnut Hill. The hit counter rolled past 11,000 visitors for this year, giving us a record attendence the likes of which the site has not seen since it went online in April of 2004. We have had a total of 20,850 folks walk through our front door to date, making our site one of the busiest TPO destinations on the internet. We are here to serve and an honor it is to do this for you, our loyal fans.

Aaron Stayt Inducted Into The
Walnut Hill Wall Of Fame

Click here to see Aaron Stayt at the console of his converted Kilgen Theatre Organ.
Here I am getting ready to test my new configuration of jOrgan.

Today, Aaron Stayt was inducted into the Walnut Hill Wall of Fame. He is the seventeenth person to receive this honor. Better known as Maxxarcade on Yahoo!, Aaron is a member of the Theatre Organ SoundFonts group.

10/11/2005

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 10,952 visitors to our site this year. God bless all who come here.

New Office Takes Shape
At Walnut Hill

The new office at Walnut Hill is starting to take shape with Kimmy having her new computer desk, courtisy of Dan and Janett Rowland, set up.

Most of our things are unpacked and organized. Now if we can just fugure out how to pay the bills...

10/09/2005

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 10,853 visitors to our site this year. God bless all who come here.

Eugene Hayek Teams Up With
Leo Christopherson on Hauptwerk

Click here to visit Eugene Hayek's Featured Artist page and hear his band organ songs on Leo Christopherson's Mighty 5 manual Hauptwerk Virtual Band Organ!
Leo Christopherson's Virtual Organ installation.

Last night, we added fourteen new selections to Eugene Hayek's Featured Artist page that he submitted to Leo Christopherson for playback on the Mighty Hauptwerk 5 manual Virtual Band Organ Leo built.

Enjoy!

10/04/2005

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 10,624 visitors to our site this year. God bless all who come here.

Walnut Hill is back in "bidness" and all things are running relatively smooth except for an extreme shortage of funds. We have almost gotten everything unpacked, now the question is where to put everything! Out telephone is working and our online connection is as fast as lightning with Brighthouse and Roadrunner supplying the high-speed internet connection and Vonage bringing our VoiP phone into play.

With the Archives for September 2005 now up, we have a total of 130 pages at the site, with more on the way as new content is added in the days ahead. Stay tuned...

10/03/2005

Greetings from the Bone Doctor.

I want to thank the 10,572 visitors to our site this year. God bless all who come here.

Kimmy Comes Home!

Click here to download a 1932 x 2576 JPG image of the Bone Doctor's dear wife to be, Kimmy.
The
Bone Doctor's dear wife to be, Kimmy.

The Bone Doctor's dear wife to be, Kimmy, arrived at Tampa Airport at 12:48PM on October 1st. The Bone Doctor and Tom Hoehn were there to greet her and take her to her new home.

Tom Hoehn posted the details of the move at the Walnut Hill VTPO group on Yahoo! and we quote him below:

Folks --

Bone Doctor was sleeping in his own place on Friday night, once the electricity got turned on. We rented a 17' U-Haul and emptied his storage locker and then unloaded it at the new residence. We then took the truck back to my house and loaded the organ and everything else. At 6:00 AM the data server was disconnected, stowed in the truck and the the computer desk desk went out. Unloading of the equipment was finished by *;05 AM since the truck had to be back before 9:00 to avoid $40 per HOUR overdue fee. (I had reserved the truck for 24 hours but the unit was promised out at 9:30 instead of the 2:00 PM hour I was expecting.

On Saturday morning (11:30 AM) I picked up Doc in my trusty 2000 Kia, and we proceeded to Tampa International Airport where the Bone Doctor and his beloved Kimmy were reunited. After taking her and her luggage home, we then went shopping for necessities like window blinds and flatware and paper towels. All the usual stuff that is necessary to setup house. I left them at 3:30 PM.

Click here to download a 2048 x 1536 JPG image of the reuniting of the Bone Doctor and his dear wife to be, Kimmy.
The
Bone Doctor reunites with his dear wife to be, Kimmy.

At 5:00 PM Papa Bill, Katie and myself picked up Doc and Kimmie in Papa Bill's 1991 Mercury Grand Marquis (while the Kia is trusty and runs well I can't put 5 adults in it, besides one seat belt retractor is frozen and even the slimmest of passengers would be strangled). We went to Cody's Roadhouse for dinner, then back to Casa Hoehn for a quick sit and get acquainted along with a round of an excellent tawny port for after dinner.

At 8:30 PM Kimmy and the Doctorr were shuttled back to the new home of Walnut Hill Productions (912 Turner Street, Clearwater, FL 33756) where they spent the night. I'll be hearing from Doc on Monday, after his VoIP phone is turned on.

Click here to download a 1369 x 1204 JPG image of the  the Bone Doctor and his dear wife to be, Kimmy rejoicing in their new home.
The
Bone Doctor with his dear wife to be, Kimmy
rejoicing in their new home.

Tom Hoehn, Organist
CFTOS/Manasota/OATOS/HiloBay/WHOC/AGO
Roaring 20's Pizza & Pipes (substitute - 4/42 Wurlitzer)
First United Methodist Church, Clearwater, FL (4/9? - Rodgers/Ruffati/Wicks)

The Walnut Hill Website will be updated during the latter half of the first week in October as we settle in at the new office. Stay tuned...

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