Thoughtless Behvior

One of my favorite artists of all time is John Gorka.

Ironically, John grew up only a short distance from me “on the corner of Inman and New Dover” here in NJ yet it was my sister Susan living in Maine who heard John on the radio up there and turned me on to him.

Through John, I came to know of Lucy Kaplansky who is also one of my favorites.

The first time that I recall seeing John play was on May 7th 1994 at the East Windsor Township Recreation Department near Princeton.

The last time I saw John play was only days before 9/11. I was working for Deloitte & Touché out of their Parsippany New Jersey office but spending lots of time in New York at their World Financial Center Location.

Fordham University Radio (WFUV) was holding a Folk Music concert series between the Towers Wednesday nights during the summer and John was on the schedule for August 29th. Of course I found a reason to be in New York that day!

I remember enjoying another great show and getting him to autograph the Program Guide which I hold dear. (Yes I do that once in a while)

The week before 9/11 I was in New York 3 or 4 days and always took the Path in from Newark and rarely made it to the office until 9:15 or so ascending the enormous bank of escalators directly into the lobby of the Trade Center.

I didn’t have to go in that ill-fated week.

Thank God.

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