Age: I am 60. Soon to be 61.
Hometown: I grew up in the San Diego area and left California in 1977 for good. Currently reside in Arkansas.
Occupation: Retired Air Force combat veteran as a Boom Operator on the KC-135 Jet. Boeing 707 converted to military specs. Been around the world both ways several times and over the north pole several times. Lived 3 years in Japan during that time. I have an associates degree in Aerospace management. Never found anybody that needed there aerospace managed so I did other things in life. Retired police detective. (Don’t worry though, I am not a snitch.) I am now a state licensed PI. My law enforcement work focused on crimes against children and violent acts.
How long have you been a fan of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros: I have been a fan of ESMZ for 3 years. Heard ‘Home‘ and since I live in Arkansas, me ears perked up. Started finding out about them and found them to be magnificent. Reminded me of the 60s. The entire concept was genius, as is every talented member of that group. I went to see them about 2 years ago at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa. My kids were still in college, and we were all hooked. I was the oldest person there. I have been togging to live musical events since I was 12 years old so, that does not bother me in the least. My cousin was a country singer (Roger Miller), and I know he loved fans of all ages. As I have watched the last few years, I am seeing more and more old and young mixing in the crowds. When they announced the Big Top event, I was telling a friend about them. We bought tickets and booked hotel and flights and attended. You know the story with Sarah Moumblow and how we connected through her art and being such a great fan.
How many times have you seen them perform: I have seen them live twice. I am going to see them for a third time in June and bringing my daughter and her wonderful fiancé. I have seen a lot of music in my day. What ESMZ do is beyond explanation. People ask me, ‘Why do you love that group so much?’ I tell them unless you have seen them perform, you would never get it. I try following not only ES but projects they all do individually, and I am a big fan of people that have worked with the band and gone on to do their own projects, like my dear friend Aaron Embry and Tyler James of Escondido. They may not like people using the word genius when describing them, but they are. They have big hearts and they care about their fans that shows as well. I feel peace and love from them.
Additional comments or stories: Since the Big Top, I found out I have cancer, and I am working through that now. I have had one chemo treatment so far. It is an all-day thing. To pass the time, I listen to all my ESMZ music. Boy does that help?