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Andy Stein

February 19, 2008 | 2 Comments

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Is your Andy Stein the same Andy Stein who contributed impressively, back in the seventies, to The Marshall Tucker Band, Commander Cody, David Bromberg and others? By the way I had the distinct honor of sitting in the front row of your show for the 125th birthday of Yellowstone National Park at Old Faithful. Shared a plethora of cocktails with you folks afterward at the Mezzanine Bar... I still smile when I think of it.

Rev. C.E. A.
Turney, MO

It's the very same one, sir. He was a charter member of Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen back then, a group that made a big splash in the rocknroll world singing C&W doper songs and doing boogie-woogie, and Mr. Stein was the saxophonist/fiddler with the big Jewish Afro. As for the Yellowstone broadcast, what I remember was the enormous bison who parked himself next to the satellite dish behind the lodge where we performed, and when our engineer asked a park ranger what we could do about it, the ranger said, "All you can do with bison is just wait for them to move." I also remember the battalion of dedicated "geyser gazers" who camped out at Yellowstone every summer and carried walkie-talkies to inform the others of which geysers seemed likely to erupt soon. They had an RV command post, T-shirts, a newsletter, and comprised a small cohesive society, all based on their interest in hot water bursting up out of the earth. I don't recall the Mezzanine Bar or a plethora of drinks, but you're entitled to your memories.


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Commander Cody is still performing regularly. Could Mr. Stein get him to appear on PHC?


I would never cast nasturtiums on Dusty or Lefty's English, but I really think an English major should know the distinction--perhaps now nearly lost--between "comprise" and "compose". They are in fact opposites. In the sentence: "They had an RV command post, T-shirts, a newsletter, and comprised a small cohesive society, all based on their interest in hot water bursting up out of the earth", you meant "composed". True, nothing can be "comprised of" anything, but it is not good enough merely to leave off the "of". The whole comprises its parts, and the parts compose the whole. In this case, the society comprises its members, not the other way around. Thank you, for everything (but this misuse).

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