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Friday, 2004 November 5 : Volume 7, Number 11

Where Were You When The Legend-News Went Out?

The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft agley,” is all that I’m going to say.

Anyway, life is improving at Casa del Ed. A few more customers for the income-producing side of TechRen Enterprises (motto: “Send money!”), and I’ve rescued the Fender dreadnought from the basement and this time I swear that I’ll take my guitar lessons seriously.

Ten days until November 15, if you’re reading this on the fifth. Of course, you know that November 15th is the anniversary of Bill Fries’ birthday, and this year he’s 76. He still claims to be retired, but every month I’m hearing of a new radio interview or a re-release of some project that he did back in the ’80s. Bill’s popularity may have waned from its peak in the ’70s, but he definitely has not been forgotten.

If you’ve got birthday greetings, send them to

Bill Fries
PO Box E
Ouray, CO 81427-0589

or e-mail to cw@cw-mccall.com, and I’ll forward them to Bill.


Couldn’t Find It On eBay

I’m looking for a copy of a cassette that was distributed in the 1980s by the Colorado Motor Carriers Association, called Crossing The Rockies. It’s a description of Interstate 70 across Colorado, and narrated by C.W. McCall (who else?).

If you have a copy, or know of someone who does, please tell me. I’d like to add this tape to my collection and post it on An American Legend.


Old Home Café

Until a few minutes ago, Ashe had never heard of C.W. McCall; and now he was sitting right next to the legend himself.

Ashe stared at C.W. for a long while. Jon and Jackson waited for him to ask a question, and what came out was incredibly stupid.

“You’re real?” asked Ashe.

C.W. turned to Ashe and glared at him with a look of “what are you, brain-dead?” The Café was so quiet that you could hear the duh hitting the floor.

But C.W. nodded and smiled. “Yeah, I’m real. Some of the stories about me ain’t, though. I drove for about 40 years, here and there. Spent a lot of time with Old Home back in the ’70s and ’80s, and a lot of time everywhere else. I’ve trucked all over this land,” said C.W.

Ashe wasn’t a drooling fanboy, though, and he missed the pitch. Jackson picked it up. “From Maine to the Rio Grande?” he asked.

“Definitely,” said C.W. “Hey, you think that there might be a song in that?”


Meanwhile, Back At The Critter Ranch

David Frederick has posted new clips from the movie CONVOY, and added video of C.W. McCall performing “Convoy” on The Mike Douglas Show in 1976, and VH1’s segment of 100 One Hit Wonders, #73 “Convoy”. Also, he’s added still shots from the movie. Everything is at CONVOY: The Movie.

Alan Chafin noticed the October 4th comic for Foxtrot:

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