Saturday, April 27, 2019

A Look Back

I'm at Awesome Con this weekend, and I had something I wanted to check out near Dupont Circle, so I went over to Connecticut and M.

I had not been by this intersection in decades—why would I? Just a typical downtown corner with offices and stores.

But I wanted to see what it looked like, because this was where I'd go to my first office job, my first non-Roy Rogers job. Home to DC/101, a radio station where I was a high school intern in 1984.

It's been a while.

Apparently, a title firm is in this office that once housed Howard Stern. He'd left for New York right before my arrival, and instead I got to hang out with the later-notorious Greaseman.

I was an intern in the promotions department, so I spent many nights attending events with the promotions director. Sometimes I had to run them myself, like Duran Duran video night at a Georgetown nightclub (and here you thought I hated Duran Duran because I'm naturally contrary).

I don't remember much of those days aside from handing out t-shirts and mugs advertising Greaseman for President. I do remember a few star visits to the studio, the most important being Joe Strummer. And we took a sweepstakes winner in a limo to see the premiere of This is Spinal Tap. 

That was fantastic.

I tried to play it cool being in a limo for my first time, but the movie was too great to be cool about.

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