The men on the bridge have known each other since 1967. From left to right is;
JOHN GREGORY PRESCO – PETER SHAPIRO – TIM O’CONNOR – KEITH PURVIS
Jon, Peter, Tim, and Keith lived in a large Victorian in Oakland with members of the rock-band ‘The Loading Zone’. Peter was the lead guitarist, and his band ‘The Marbles’ played at a historic acid test in 1965.
The woman in the other photograph, is Chris Wandel, with her boyfriend, the famous artist, Stefan Eins. Chris was a wonderful girlfriend of Peter, Keith, and John, in that order. Keith was the boyfriend of my late sister, the famous artist, Christine Rosamond Benton, and Barry Zorthian whose father was a famous artist who was titled ‘The Last Bohemian’. Keith and Nancy Hamren were lovers in 1965. Tim was Christine’s lover. Tim is the son of the famous actor, Tom O’Connor, who threw his son out of his house. My mother took him in. Rosemary dated Errol Flynn. Tim’s girlfriend whose Jewish father was a famous Hollywood agent and close friend of Marlon Brando.
I include Jeff and Shannon Pasternak, and Marilyn and Keny Reed in this group. Joe Pasternak was a famous Jewish movie producer. Shannon was a executive producer at MGM records, and partied with the Rat Pack. We worked at restoring the Whiteaker.
I married Mary Ann Tharaldsen the wife, or ex-lover of Thomas Pynchon. Peter and Tim played at my wedding party in Oakland, and my friend, Bryan McLean played at my wedding. This is a very exclusive group.
The Zionists are backed by evangelicals who make cultural warfare against actors and Hollywood. Marilyn’s grandfather was a Jew. Israel is becoming a apartheid state. You can not serve two masters.
“…one afternoon in the mid-sixties, he and his then-girlfriend, Mary Ann Tharaldsen, were driving through Big Sur when she complained of nausea. She wanted to stop at a bar and have a shot to settle her stomach. According to Tharaldsen, he exploded, telling her he would not tolerate midday drinking. When she asked why, he told her he’d seen his mother, after drinking, accidentally puncture his father’s eye with a clothespin. It was the only time, says Tharaldsen, who lived with him, that he ever mentioned his family. “He was disconnected from them,” she says. “There seems to have been something not good there.”
The Rat Pack was a group of actors originally centered on Humphrey Bogart. In the mid-1960s it was the name used by the press and the general public to refer to a later variation of the group, after Bogart’s death, that called itself “the Summit” or “the Clan,” featuring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop; they appeared together on stage and in films in the early 1960s, including the movies Ocean’s 11, Sergeants 3, and Robin and the 7 Hoods (in the last film, Bing Crosby replaced Lawford). Sinatra, Martin, and Davis were regarded as the group’s lead members.
Tim O’Connor (born July 3, 1927) is an American character actor known for his prolific work in television, although he has made only a few appearances since the early 1990s. Before moving to California, he lived on an island in the middle of Glen Wild Lake, near Bloomingdale, New Jersey.
O’Connor specialized in playing officials, military men, and police officers. Some of his best-known roles include: Dr. Elias Huer in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Jack Boland in General Hospital, and Elliot Carson in Peyton Place. He also had recurring roles on Barnaby Jones and Dynasty. He guest starred with Telly Savalas and Joan Hackett in the short-lived medical/police series, Diagnosis: Unknown, on CBS in 1960.
His son, Tim O’Connor Jr. currently (March 2014) is an expatriate singer-songwriter, who left the United States in a sailboat, sailed solo across the Atlantic Ocean and now dwells on that same boat in a canal in the town of Vlaardingen, Netherlands. His original song “Who Stole the Isopropyl Alcohol?” is featured in the 1989 movie “Dead Calm”.
The Marbles had the following members: Peter Shapiro on lead guitar, Steve Dowler on rhythm guitar, David Dugdale on bass and Ray Greenleaf on drums. They were a psychedelic and rock group whose most notable performances were at the Tribute to Dr. Strange at the Longshoremen’s Hall in San Francisco on October 15, 1965, and again at the same venue for The Trips Festival on January 21, 22 and 23 along with Jefferson Airplane, The Charlatans and The Great Society. Both Shapiro and Dowler went on to become members of Paul Fauerso’s The Loading Zone.
The Loading Zone was an American rock band of the late 1960s and early 1970s. They issued two albums worth of material, with differing band lineups, before disbanding in 1971.
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They were formed in Oakland, California in 1966 by singer-keyboardist Paul Fauerso, following the dissolution of his jazz group The Tom Paul Trio. The original lineup was Fauerso, bassist Bob Kridle, drummer Ted Kozlowski (replaced by George Newcom), and guitarists Peter Shapiro and Steve Dowler, both formerly of Berkeley psychedelic rock band The Marbles, who had supported Jefferson Airplane at the historic “Tribute to Dr. Strange”, the inaugural Family Dog promotion concert held at San Francisco’s Longshoreman’s Hall in October 1965.
The Loading Zone’s first major concert was the Trips Festival at the Longshoreman’s Hall in January 1966. Although primarily an R&B band, The Loading Zone added contemporary psychedelic influences and soon became a popular attraction on the burgeoning Bay Area music scene. The Loading Zone was based at the Berkeley venue The New Orleans House, but performed numerous times at major venues including the Fillmore West.
Although The Loading Zone occasionally headlined, the group is better known for supporting some of the biggest acts of the period including Cream, The Who, The Byrds, Big Brother & the Holding Company, Grateful Dead, Country Joe & The Fish, Howlin’ Wolf, Sam & Dave, Chuck Berry and Buddy Miles.
In 1968 Fauerso placed an advertisement in the San Francisco Chronicle seeking a new lead vocalist, which led to the recruitment of Linda Tillery, who joined just prior to the band’s signing with RCA Records. Despite their live popularity, the group lacked a strong base of original material; their self-titled debut album was poorly received, and was criticised for its excessive production and its reliance on cover versions. The Loading Zone was unable to garner support from radio, and eventually split in 1969.
In 1969, Fauerso re-formed the group with new members- guitarist Steve Busfield, bassist Mike Eggleston, and drummer George Marsh, and initially with previous horn players, Todd Anderson (tenor sax) and Patrick O’Hara (trombone). Anderson was replaced after a few months by Ron Taormina. The new Zone also recruited old friend and drummer, Frank Davis to play with the group for a while. During this brief period, the band performed with two drummers at the same time – Davis and Marsh – with some exciting results. The band recorded their second LP One for All for their own label, Umbrella, before disbanding in 1971.
Tillery released her solo debut album Sweet Linda Divine on CBS Records in 1970. It was produced by Al Kooper of Blood, Sweat and Tears fame. Fauerso went on to produce the unreleased Mike Love solo album First Love and more recently, a second entitled “Only One Earth”. Fauerso went on to make recordings of new age music and also to compose and produce award-winning commercials for radio and TV. Tillery resurfaced with the jazz fusion group Cesar 830 before embarking on a solo career.
In 2005, Fauerso reconnected with Eggleston and Marsh to record a new Loading Zone CD entitled “Blue Flame” (available through CD Baby and iTunes) The album contains five new tracks and three cuts from the second Zone album, “One For All”.
George Newcom died from a heart attack on July 1, 2010, in Red Bluff, California. He was 63 years old. Pat O’Hara, trombonist, later worked with Buddy Miles on “Cold Blood” and others, and died in the late 70’s or early 80’s of an overdose.
An original Irish American Folksinger / Bluesman. Born in Chicago, grew up in Hollyweird. Tim spent an eight year period of his life hitchhiking over 300,000 miles in 26 countries. O’Connor has three songs in the feature film “Dead Calm”. A high seas chiller thriller, starring Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill and Billy Zane. In the summer of 1999 Tim made a solo crossing of the North Atlantic Ocean in his sail boat “Theanna”. From Nantucket Island to the Netherlands. He lives on his boat in Holland. He has recently completed writing ten books about his mad adventures. The Hitchhiking Poet’s songs and stories go together like a hot dog and a bun, the books are done. So are the CD’s And the DVD’s. ” I’m a late bloomer with a sense of humor.” Tim O’Connor the Hitchhiking Poet makes his living by singing and playing his songs and the Blues.
Have Guitar will travel…..interested in giving Tim a gig? Send him an email.
“DEAD PLANT IN A BAGGIE”
Tim’s “novelty” underground hit single, received extensive National Airplay all over the USA in the late eighties. The packaging concept, looks like a bag of weed. (Still does) It’s a Heavy Mental Pot Anthem. Put on a CD. This number burns like a Joint. CD includes other Tim tunes recorded with a band. (13 EUR)
“The 13th letter of the aphabet is ‘M’, that stands for marijuana.”
Nancy Van Brasch Hamren brought her grandmother’s recipe to Springfield Creamery in the late ’60s when she started as bookkeeper. She still works in 2010 as office manager.
Nancy Van Brasch Hamren had a recipe. Her health-conscious grandmother made yogurt, and so did she during the months she lived on Ken Kesey’s farm near Eugene.
Hamren, a lanky, soft-spoken Californian, ran in circles simply psychedelic with history. She lived in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district from 1966 to 1968, the bookends to 1967’s Summer of Love. Her boyfriend’s sister was married to Jerry Garcia, the Grateful Dead’s shaggy-haired lead guitarist. And they all knew Ken Kesey — from his books, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Sometimes a Great Notion,” and from the infamous, drug-juiced parties known as Acid Tests, which he hosted and promoted.
When Ken Kesey traveled to Britain to work with the Beatles in 1969, Hamren and her boyfriend moved to Oregon to look after his farm. When Kesey and his family returned, she needed a new pad and a job. Down at the creamery, his brother, Chuck, needed a bookkeeper. He and Sue hired Hamren, and they started talking yogurt.
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Peter just reminded me of the time he, Keith, and I drove down to Venice to visit Tim O’Connor whose father starred in ‘Peyton Place’.