After a lot of hard work and planning here we are at Kathy’s house holding our reward…our 1998 Ames tickets. It was unbelievable. All but a handful of our 56 tickets we bought were ALL in the SAME section on the floor, right by the stage. We had almost the whole section that night. What a fun concert that was! Front to Back, Kari Lachacz (Jacque’s daughter) holding Jacob, Carol Mitchell, Carla Jacobson, Jacque Shipley, Kathy Kingery, Nancy Quinn & Jean Scigliano.
December 20, 2002, Ames, as Neil was leaving for KC. L to R – Carol Mitchell, Marianne Hill, NEIL, Back row – Linda Schildgen, JoAnn Reed, George Huber, Diane Albrecht. Row next to Neil – Kathy Kingery, Shirley DeBrower, Juli Huber (used to be Hoffman). Next row – Barb Cline (in blue denim shirt), Diana Ward. Jean Scigliano (crouched down), Jim Tannehill, Pat Gomes (in Neil flag shirt) and Marilyn Grodski (profile only). I’m sorry to say that when Tom G (Neil’s bodyguard) took the photo he cut at least two people off – You can barely see Pat Johnson to the right. Diana Albrecht’s mother was cut off.
Neil walks out of the elevator, he says his usual hello’s and thank you’s for us being there. I then said to him, “Neil, we were hoping you would have time to take a group photo with us.” He didn’t hear me the first time so I had to repeat it again and then I added, “we’re ready, all you have to do is to step into this space.” He looked at all of us and then asked me, “Who’s camera would you use?” I pointed to Carol and said, “Carol’s.” He then looked at Carol and said, “Is the camera focused?” Carol answered, “yes.” “Is the lens cap off?” Again, Carol answered yes. “Are batteries charged?” Carol answered, “Well they are dying as we speak.” Neil then asked, “If you want to be in the picture who’s going to take the picture?” I answered, “We were hoping that Tom would.” Neil looked at Tom and said, “It’s your call.” Tom agreed so as Neil is walking into the little spot we had reserved for him in our group the three in front right on cue all got down on one knee or sat on the ground. We had rehearsed it. Neil started laughing at that. Neil got into the group and Tom attempted to take the picture. He kept messing with the camera but the flash would not go off. That’s when Neil started laughing…really laughing. Tom finally got the picture taken and then Neil hugged some of us, again thanked us for being there and then left. I don’t know what the rest were doing but Neil had his armed draped on my shoulder. I was holding his hand with one hand and rubbing the top of his hand with the other. Omaha, NE, July 2008 – L to R, back row – Carol Mitchell, Kari Lachacz. Gloria Martin, Jenelle Plachy, Jim Cross, JoAnn Reed, Evaleen Kilkuski, Brenda Skinner. L to R, 2nd row – Kathy Kingery, Jean Scigliano, Jody Cross, NEIL, Joan Nurczyk, Patti Brennan. L to R front row – Sharon Honsey, Paula King & Darla Golden
Toronto Brunch, Back Row – standing – L to R, Ginny Gnadt, Jenelle Plachy, Jolene Gibson, JoAnn Reed, Bev Falinski, Linda Wieloch, Jackie Masterson, Pattie Flanigan, Linda Schildgren, Jody Cross and Phyllis Dillon. Front Row – sitting – Kim Farrell, Jennifer Farrell, Jean Scigliano, Bev Atkinson (BA Canada) and Julie Lupo. Thanks to Phillip Gibson for taking the photo.
We were standing about a block from the arena door holding our sign. Neil got off of the bus, looked at us, waved and then he did something we never expected. He walked the block to us. Don’t we all look cool in our sunglasses. We never even thought about taking them off. L to R Jenelle Plachy, Sherry Kapanke, JoAnn Reed, Jacque Shipley, Neil, Jean Scigliano & Carol Mitchell