It was twenty-five years today, Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play

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Blog entry by Douglas Bordner posted 02-22-2009 09:55 PM 9529 reads 0 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, perhaps not to the day…
Thanks to Martin’s suggestion that we open accounts with Facebook I was able to re-establish contact with a dear friend from college. I haven’t had any contact with Brad for twenty years, during which time he spent time as a street musician and artist in New Orleans and New York, built custom stairs and balusters in North Carolina, and finally through dint of hard work and night school became a lawyer and an appeals court judge.


You will note that my garment of choice hasn’t changed much over the years, except in the small matter of size (sigh).


Both photos circa 1974, Ellsworth Hall, sixth floor, University of Kansas, Lawrence.

Brad builds furniture as an avocation. I don’t think he’s a lumberjock…yet. Can you say “new fish”?

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#1 posted 02-22-2009 10:24 PM

Great photos…

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#2 posted 02-22-2009 10:28 PM

Are you sure that dude isn’t Charlie Manson Dougie? Pre or post Sharon Tate murders?

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 02-22-2009 10:28 PM

‘Cool’ is not a word I use very often Douglas, but it certainly applies here..


-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#4 posted 02-22-2009 10:56 PM

I REALLY think your hair-do is serendipity!!! Way cool, man. Reminds me of the days when my bunch was removing pony tails with our pocket knives. And…...then we found out that half of them hippies were girls!! My, my did that change our perspective….!!!!!

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#5 posted 02-22-2009 11:00 PM

I hope you guys had yound fun like I did at that age. LOL Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#6 posted 02-22-2009 11:13 PM

Them was the days, my friend!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 02-22-2009 11:29 PM

Hey Great Pics. I just joined Facebook and found an old friend from high school also. That,s so much fun!
How do I get LJ’s on it? I know I have seen it here before , but I can’t seem to find it now.

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#8 posted 02-22-2009 11:36 PM

…we thought they’d never end, those were the days.
Oh, yes those were the days.


-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#9 posted 02-23-2009 02:52 AM

Dougie, you’re making me feel old.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#10 posted 02-23-2009 03:30 AM

Were you guys singing “American Pie” in that bottom picture?


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#11 posted 02-23-2009 04:23 AM

Brad – We were probably singing some Loggins & Messina, Neil Young, Buffalo Springfield, CSN or an original composition, although we did cover McLean’s song “Vincent”. There was a third guy, Gary Litvin; so a lot of what we did was three part harmony with one guitar stringed with nylon and one with steel strings. Mostly we sung in the dorm stairwell, but we did have two paying gigs at bar mitzvahs in Chicago. We drove back from one of those events in five hours (about 570 miles) in Gary’s souped up Gran Torino – God help us.

Doc, we are chronologically old. But we are young at heart. Brad’s Facebook quote says it all…”I was so much older than I’m younger than that now.”

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#12 posted 02-23-2009 05:38 AM

Douglas. You look better today.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#13 posted 02-23-2009 02:07 PM

Sorry about the Charlie Manson crack Douglas, but heh. I remember those days in the dorms before the draft. My buddies were down at Western Michigan. I’d go down on weekends to party down.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#14 posted 02-23-2009 02:48 PM

I was 1H in Dec. 1973 when I turned eighteen. They weren’t sending guys over at that time.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#15 posted 02-23-2009 03:17 PM

Wow, blast from the past. Thanks for the memories. I was in the last year of the draft. Pulled #273. My kids have a whole different perspective of the word lottery.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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