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Welcome to the wonderful world of Mid Life Crisis!! You are about to embark on one of the most perilous journey’s you have ever taken. A journey fraught with intrigue and guaranteed to turn you inside out! Here you can learn “how to” answers to the questions you have been asking yourself about damaging as many people as you can along the way. Come on and dig in, it’s time to get this Roller coaster rolling on down the tracks!!

Chapter 1

Choosing the correct speech

There are 4 basic speeches for you to choose from. They are:

a. I love you, but I don’t know if I’m in love with you.

b. I’ve never loved you, and we should never have gotten married.

c. We got married to young. I never knew anything besides you.

d. You tricked me into marrying you, I would never have done it otherwise.

Once you have decided on which speech to give, you need to cause as much anxiety in your spouse as you can before you actually give it. Continue to the next chapter for Lessons in building anxiety.

Chapter 2

Lessons in building anxiety

You will find these lessons to be helpful in causing anxiety in your spouse and others (depending on the level of pain and damage you want to cause), not just prior to giving the speech, but throughout your MLC.

Lesson 1

Monstrification of your Spouse

This is easy to accomplish. Simply think of only the “bad” things that your spouse has done throughout your entire relationship. Have one of those “angel” spouses? No problem, just remember how bad she/he always makes you feel. DO NOT under any circumstances remember fondly your spouse, or anything they have done for you. Remember, they are going to be the cause of all of your problems, so it is imperative that you convince your self of this first.

Lesson 2

This will be very easy to do after accomplishing lesson 1. All you have to do is start reminding yourself that you don’t care about them, what they feel, what they want, or if they hurt. Simple! Every time you remind yourself of this, you will get further and further away from your relationship emotionally. Now, that wasn’t too hard was it? On to lesson 3

Lesson 3

Mass confusion and Indecision

This lesson requires a little more thought and attention. You must constantly practice saying “I don’t know” to ANY and ALL questions. That is imperative!! Your spouse (and others) must never know precisely what is going on in-side your head. Also, never let them know where you are going, where you have been, who you were with (this will go hand in hand with the lesson on the Other Person, or OP), or whether or not they can expect you to return home.

Lesson 4

Lies and Deceit

To get the most damage, and cause the most pain, you must lie and deceive at every opportunity. And to really achieve hall of fame status, you should be very inept at it, so that everyone knows that you are lying, or suspects, but can’t prove it initially. This works very well for the following chapters, OP and Cake Eating.

Chapter 3

The Other Person (or OP)

Now it is time for you to succumb to temptation. You KNOW all of those other women/men want you! They have been coming on to you for years!! It is time for you to give them their chance at having some of you. Make sure that you leave a very confusing trail for your spouse to follow. One that lets them suspect, but have to dig and sneak (to make them feel worse about themselves) to find the information they need to prove it. Hold out admitting the affair as long as you can, and don’t admit it ever, if you can get away with it. If you do get caught rub it in his/her face. For extra points pick a married OP with a family. Drag as many people as possible into your crisis.

Chapter 4

Cake Eating

This chapter is designed to string your spouse along in uncertainty as long as possible, …

Rock Combos of Nashville 1950's-1970's

Rock Combos of Nashville 1950’s-1970’s

The Crescendos Do-Wop Group With Noel Ball

The Crescendos were a Cumberland High School group that won a talent contest about 1955. As a prize they were given a recording date with a record company. The result was a 1957 release of a tune titled “Oh Julie” which was a large regional hit. Noel Ball pushed the tune hard on his DJ shows and they actually made it to American Bandstand later that year. Like the Casuals they made quite a few appearances at local and regional rock-in-roll shows. On the release of “O Julie” there was a prominent backup part that was filled by a girl named Janice Green. On the strength of that record she crafted a string of personal appearances and some recordings. She was billed as Janice Green; The O Julie Girl.


Nashville’s first Rock n Roll Band 1956
1958 Lineup:
Saxophonist Joe Watkins
Vocalist Buzz Cason
Accordionist and Pianist Chester Powers
Drummer Bill Smith
Vocalist and Pianist Richard Williams
Guitarist Johnny McCreery

By 1959, The Casuals had become the Casual Teens and toured as Brenda Lee’s backup band and recorded for Dot Records. The picture to the left is of the band in 1960. Band members included:

Left to right
Snuffy Smith, Double Neck Bass
Billy Smith, Drummer
Buzz Cason, (Gary Miles) Vocals
Richard Williams, Keyboard & Vocals
Wayne Moss, Guitar
Joe Watkins, Tenor Sax
The pictures below were taken in July 1960.


first got together in September of 1957 playing dances at what was then the Madison Fire Hall. John Sturdivant on baritone sax, John Richards on Tenor sax, Ernie Winfrey on drums, and Donny Green on guitar. We picked up Willo Collins on guitar and Hershel Hopper on electric bass, piano and drums. Hershel was a versatile guy. The five of them played University of Alabama, Auburn, Georgia Tech, U.T. and Vanderbilt frats as well as other college and high school frats and sororities throughout the south on a weekly basis for the busiest part of four years.

The Monarchs opened shows for Johnny Cash (before he was country) Brenda Lee and Al Green. Hargis (Pig) Robins played piano on a lot of local gigs but could not travel with them due to the session obligations he had at the time. In between jobs they played sessions for Revis Studios on lower Second Avenue.

Submitted by Donny Green



Tom Tichenor was a Nashville native who became known for his puppet work at the downtown library and on TV. In the late 50’s he went to New York and did the puppets for the Broadway hit musical CARNIVAL and directed a children’s TV station, producing early kiddie shows like BIRTHDAY HOUSE with Paul Tripp. He also did a Puppet production of THE BREMENTOWN MUSICIANS there.
Tom Tichenor

Tom Tichenor Puppet Theatre
Tom Tichenor Theatre – Marionette Stage

In the late 60’s he returned to Nashville and did an adaptation of THE GOLDEN GOOSE at Children’s theatre. He then stayed in town and was at the Library. The weekly puppet and marionette shows became a fixture in Nashville. Some shows combining the puppets with live performers were also done, notably a children’s musical called “Sir Patches And The Dragon” that later was adapted for a popular children’s book. The Story Hours in the Story room were a big thing too. A live story teller as the Rainbow Fairy or the Lollipop Princess told stories while the most popular puppet characters (Felica Fieldmouse, Marco Polo Bear, etc.) acted them out. Tichenor also did a number of popular children’s television specials, “The Toymaker And The Mice” and “Christmas At Creepy Castle” were on PBS.

The Witch and Rapunzel

The Story Hour room at the Nashville Public Library.Shown here are the storyteller with Marco Polo Bear in the Puppet Playhouse.…