I had unexpected visitors while working in the Iowa RockNRoll Museum last Thursday afternoon. Mike Huckabee and two of his personal aides stopped for a break from the Presidential campaign trail. Huckabee was a guitar player in a band and a radio disc jockey back when he was in school. The former governor of Arkansas told me he "wanted to learn all about Iowa's rock 'n' roll history."
He took his two young aides back to the jukebox and told them he was going to play songs they had never heard ... and he did. Huckabee ended up playing five songs during their stay. He got very excited about the radio booth and told his guys about using exactly the same two-turntable set up in his radio days. He had such a good time in our museum. They taped a short video about his memories in the radio booth. I think their visit was a good respite from the rigors of campaigning. We never once talked politics during their half-hour stay; we just talked about Iowa's music. We really had a good time. It was gratifying to see that even Presidential candidates can "let their hair down" once in awhile and enjoy the true treasure that is Iowa's rock 'n' roll history; plus appreciate its important place in the big scheme of things that made that music genre so important.
Taylor Mills is going to be inducted into the Iowa RockNRoll Music Hall of Fame this weekend. She is a native of Des Moines. Mills spent 12 years touring and singing with Brian Wilson's band she so got to play all over the world including the Queen's Jubilee at Buckingham Palace. She has shared the stage with Neil Young, Sir Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, John Legend, Billy Joel, James Taylor, Sting and many, many more. Not bad for a young girl from Des Moines. She is not currently touring since she and her husband, Styx drummer Todd Sucherman, became the parents of their daughter Teagan Everly last year.
Next week Richard Schaffer from Des Moines will visit the Lakes Area for a week of fishing. He makes the pilgrimage twice each summer. I don't want the fish to get upset or worried. Richard hasn't caught but one fish here in over a decade. It is a standing family joke. He loves to take in all the entertainment as well as cruising the lakes in his fishing boat. However the family isn't expecting to be invited for a fish fry anytime soon.
It is hard to believe that summer is almost over. Next week will be the last Campus Hotline for 2015. Thank you to all of you who called or emailed your news items to me. The column is well-read and everyone seems to enjoy your news stories. Now is your last chance to let me know what is happening. We all enjoy knowing what is going on and who is coming to visit. My phone number is 712-320-2850 or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If I don't answer my phone this weekend, leave me a message. It is Hall of Fame weekend so I will be very busy. However I promise to get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks!