FEEDBACK FRIDAY... AND REST IN PEACE NORMAN HECHTKOFF...

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Today is "FEEDBACK FRIDAY", meaning I deal with emails that my assistant Stephanie and I receive from readers regarding our most recent blogs... Let's get right to your feedback... Yesterday's blog announcing March is MENTAL HEALTH MONTH in the drag racing community resulted in many of you writing in. Matty from Petersburg. VA said, "I've been battling depression and mental illness most of my life. Please thank the Doc lady for bringing attention to this problem that is no fault of my own."-- Fran from Gustine, TX wrote, "Mental heath is just as important to well being as physical health. Doc is my hero for having the sense to talk about it."... Wednesday's TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER serial series resulted in lots of you writing in. Lionel from all the way in Huddersfield, UK  said, "Tech inspector Blowfish Billy is a nasty nautical character who cracks me up"-- Once again Gary from Wellington, OH wrote in, "I hope the crew take their 1964 Plymouth Belvedere to Super Stock victory!"-- Thanks to all of you Phantom Racer fans who wrote in this week... My blog featuring a photo of me standing next to American revolutionary Thomas Paine during my recent trip to historic Bordentown, to visit my old music biz friend Matt Pinfield had Lisa from Keyport, NY chime in, "I'm a fan of Big Stick and Matt Pinfield. You are both local living legends who put the music first."-- Clara from Minneapolis, MN said, "Going to get a copy of Pinfield's new book and one of them new Big Stick records as soon as you release it!"... My blog advising readers to telepathically send good thoughts and prayers the way of old friend Joe Jacono, who is having health issues, inspired Butch from Davenport, IA to say, "The Rollin Stoned Funny Car was my favorite as a kid. I hope Joe gets better."...  Our so-called "SUNDAY FUNNIES THAT AREN'T NECESSARILY THAT FUNNY AT ALL" managed to get Marisa from Clark, NJ in a bit of an angry frenzy, she typed, "Marvin needs to leave innocent cyber surfers alone!"... Substitute Stephanie's blog informing folks that E'Town's OLD TIME DRAGS is scheduled for Sunday July 23rd caused Kevin from Highland Park, NJ to say, "The OLD TIME DRAGS is the one race I never miss."... On a more somber note,  I feel compelled to mention that I just caught word of old friend (though we've certainly had our squabbles over time) Norman Hechtkoff passing away. Many years ago Norman sat in the DRU tent with me at Raceway Park during a nighttime event, and he told me his entire life story, including his often difficult childhood and tough path as a young man-- We both shed tears that evening. Norman even went to one of my Big Stick concerts in New York City once. I've always had a soft spot for Norman, even though we didn't necessarily always agree with each other concerning some drag racing related issues. I hope that Norman gets the peace he deserves in the afterlife. Despite his occasional grouchy disposition, I sort of understood why he was that way from our long talk at the drags that night. May Norman Hechtkoff Rest in Peace. Ease your spirit, Norman, and let the light of all that is good in this universe set your soul free... Thanks to all of you who wrote in with comments. Even though there's no way we have room to print all your emails, we want you to know that all your comments and suggestions are taken into consideration... Keep those emails comin' (by using the "Contact Us" link atop the page), whether you agree or disagree with mine, or any of our substitute guest bloggers' opinions, we're genuinely interested in your feedback... We just ask that you please keep your emails short and to the point, no rambling please, and please also include where you're from, we often find the location of where folks are writing us from to be sort of interesting. If you want to remain anonymous you can do that too (just write that you want to remain anonymous in the body of your email, and we won't disclose your identity in the event we choose to make a reference to your particular opinion)... Thanks...

 

 

It's "FEEDBACK FRIDAY" here at DRAG RACING UNDERGROUND. That means I print excerpts from some of the emails that you readers write in with. I always appreciate you folks who sit down at your keyboard and type me your thoughts and opinions.