Welcome To My Dream Finally Fulfilled

My Dream Began In 1972

39 years ago. That's how very long I have waited. And waited. Endured all type of weather, social changes, government rules, presidential administrations, wars, rumors of wars, marriage, child-raising and now grand-parenthood. Believe me folks. I am not good at waiting on a dream that I had in my senior year of high school, 1972, to materialize. Have you ever found yourself where I am now? On the brink of experiencing, tasting the one, solitary dream that you had years ago standing directly in front of your face? At your fingertips? So close you can detect what your dream had for breakfast this morning.

I won't be long in my introduction, for I realize that you, my dear and valued hub writer, or is it, hublisist, have a life to live and things to do. So out of genuine respect for your valued time, I will condense the why I never realized my dream of being an all-night disk jockey, "DJ," as it was in my day and time, into a few sad-but-very-true sentences. I promise.

On Career Day at my high school, Hamilton High School, in 1972, our guidance counselor, the now-late Robert Owen, a transplant man of high IQ, from Berkeley, California, home of Ronald Regan, Hollywood and Wolfman Jack, split my senior class into groups and told us to write on the front side of an 8 1/2 x 11 standard size white notebook paper what occupation or dream we had to fulfill after graduation. I was excited. I was so gullible. To be taken my my an authority figure who always wore prescription sunglasses to school, talking about Mr. Owen, not a cool classmate.

When it came my turn for Owen to read my dream job, that of being a DJ at an all-night, FM rock station somewhere preferably out of Alabama, he glared at me through his prescription sunglasses, cleared his throat and crumpled up my paper in his right hand and threw it in the trash can. Then with such an arrogant tone he asked, "Just why do you think you can be a DJ?"

"Because I have had a dream of doing this job all of my life, sir," I replied. He laughed. Not with me, but at me, and said, "Hey, you couldn't even take out the garbage at a job like this, son," and left our group for another group without even bothering to explain his answer. In 2011, I am sorry that he passed away, but I am still without answer.

I mean, in my group there were guys who wanted to be farmers, salesmen, and girls who wanted to be lawyers, doctors, and these were fine by Owen. Why not my job? What was the problem with being a DJ? I can only assume the way I reacted, or didn't react, was that I was raised by two strict parents to told me to always obey authorities and believe what they say for these authority figures are wiser than a guy just turning 18, so without as much as a 'why not?' I kept my mouth shut. And my dream to myself.

Until now. Being a member of HubPages has opened up an entirely new world for me. I have met so many great hubbers, great people from all walks of life, and part of of our world that I cannot explain how happy I am right now. HubPages is more than a place to publish stories, but a creative outlet to design our stories and make them come alive with artwork and sound. I like that.

And with that being said, I want to take you back to 1973, one year after my graduation and welcome you to my workplace, "WKKA - ROK 99 FM," in Detroit, Michigan. The rock station that dares to rock your world by playing the hits that you crave to hear. I am here behind the turntables spinning the (vinyl) LP's that make your nights a living thing as you cruise through downtown Detroit with the top down listening to me from 6 p.m. until 7 a.m. and I am all yours tonight--losing myself in the dream job that I sought with a vengeance because a Mr. Robert Owen said one day that I 'couldn't even take out the trash in a radio station.'

I want to kick-off my "Shift of Adventure and Mystery," frm WKKA with this hit . . .

Hope you dug that, babies . . .

for I am just getting warmed up. I am only on my second pot of black coffee and it's only 7:30 p.m. this far-out night in Detroit. And a reminder that on the "Morning Drive-Time Shift," Morty Zoom and his Electric Zookeepers will keep you awake and taking the dread out you having to work on a Saturday morning when you could be sleeping. Okay. The temperature now is a blistering 31 degrees, winds from the northeast at 10 miles an hour and time for more hot hits from "WKKA" as we present one of the hottest tunes on the Top 40 today . . .

That was The Jimi Hendrix Experience with . . .

Crosstown Traffic here at 7:40 p.m. on this blustry Friday night in Detroit. This portion of my shift is sponsored by Clearasil, the acne medicine that works! Young man or woman, do not live out your best years in a cave, have the mom or pop bop on down to the Super Saver Drugs and get you a tube of 'liquid freedom,' Clearasil, the acne medicine that works. Now on with the hits as we urge you to lay down, place your head between your JBL Lansing speakers and get into . . .

Steppen--wolf, for all your rockers and rockettes . . . .

from "WKKA," who says, "Find Another FM Rock Station In The Detroit Area and We Will Buy It And Give It to Ya," and now, no time to waste. Gotta have more black coffee here at 7:50 p.m. Friday night with Old Man Winter making a huge comeback with the temperatures now steadily-falling at a freezing 22 degrees. Now let's warm up with this huge hit . . .

Sorry, cool dudes and dudettes, an station emergency has erupted . . .

and I've gotta split. I will not kick on the "Auto ROCK Pilot" from "WKKA," to keep you awake and grooving on this freezing Friday night. Ken "LP Wizard," saying thanks for listening and be sure to tune in tomorrow night as I will hurry back from my station staff meeting in Ann Arbor tomorrow morning. I wasn't even supposed to be here tonight, but in Ann Arbor. What a bummer.

Have a red-hot, groovy night. Thanks for being a part of my dream finally fulfilled.

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RNMSN 5 years ago from Tucson, Az

due this was totally awesome :)

and btw

I graduated '71 from Shades Valley :) hey!

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sherrylou57 5 years ago from Riverside

Happy Hubbing!!

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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

RNMSN, THANKS SO MUCH! Glad that you were here to share my dream. I feel good about that. You are a great writer yourself. Peace.

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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

sherrylou, MANY THANKS to YOU for your wish. I shall try but only when I have slept 1/2 a day. Peace and THANKS!

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femmeflashpoint 5 years ago

Kenneth - I'm feeling your beat! Thanks for keeping us awake and the records spinning!!

I'm so sorry the late Mr. Owen said something so discouraging to you. What an awful thing to do. When someone young is so excited about a career possibility, to have a senior shoot it down is wrong on many levels.

I want very much to visit Detroit. I have some great friends there, and haven't ever been. And - I will! When I first cruise into the city limits, I'll crank up the local oldies station and check to see if it's you doing the announcing!

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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

Hey this was great...sorry you didn't take dedications though! lol Voted up and across!


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi,femmeflashpoint, THANK YOU SO MUCH for your comment. I do not live in Detroit,but that was where I wanted to move to in 1973 where all of the FM rock stations were, well, with the exception of WLS in Chicago. And I sincerely THANK YOU AGAIN. Appreciate your comment.

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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello, Polly! I knew I had forgotten a key element to being a successful DJ--taking dedications. Rats! Thanks for bringing that to my attention and thanks for YOUR comments, votes, I appreiate it. A LOT!

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Sueswan 5 years ago

Kenneth you rock! Too bad Mr Robert Owen couldn't hear you now.

Loved this hub.

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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Sue, THANKS SO MUCH! No worries. I have long since gotten past this "occurance," and learning that is not and will not ever be pefect nor the people who are in life. Thanks, Sueswan, for your sweet comment.

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jami l. pereira 5 years ago

WOW! totally awesome hub! I loved it and i voted it up all the way across the board ! you are also a very talented writer , you had me sucked into your story , remembering the beatles and jimi , and recalling some other oldies too ...like the monkies. HUMPH ! i wonder what Mr.Owen thinks now?! i have a select name or too for him ! lol its a shame that adults have to be ugly and cause discouragement ... but im glad you fulfilled your dream ...great story !:)thanks for the read:)

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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

I loved your brave and honest narrative. I also loved your amusing tone. Best wishes from a fellow hubber.

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JamaGenee 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

LP Wizard, you rock! Absolutely and totally AWESOME! Love it! And shame on that Mr. Owens! No teacher should EVER say such things to a student, let alone crush his dream by crushing the paper he wrote it on!

But you showed him, you sure did! Here you are, spinning platters just like you knew you could.

Bravo from a fellow Hublisist! ;D

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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear Jami . . .words are useless to describe just HOW GREAT Your comment made me feel. And I do NOT "just" say stuff to be saying. I mean this. And it was MY pleasure to make you happy. That in itself means the world to me.

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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello, Vinaya...GOD BLESS YOU, my new friend, for that warm comment. I am humbled by your response. And a sincere thanks to you from my heart. And YOU, keep up YOUR fine work as well. Again, Thank YOU.

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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, Jama, MY SINCERE THANKS to YOU for this uplifting comment. Now that I look back, Owen's crushing of the paper was a sure-sign that my dream was crushed along with the paper. Thanks to YOU, I am just now seeing this. But that being said, "THANKS FOR THE GREAT COMMMENT. I HOPE MY HUBS WILL CONTINUE TO GIVE YOU AND OTHERS HAPPINESS. THAT IS MY AIM."

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jami l. pereira 5 years ago

Well you have aimed well , your right onn the mark !:) have a great day ! , you are very welcome , very nice to meet you sir :)

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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi,Dear Jami,

Thanks so much. I DO appreciate, more than you can fathom, YOUR comments. They, like your writing, mean a LOT to me. Glad I discovered the treasures of your hubs and new friendship.

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nikipa 5 years ago from Eastern Europe

Thank you for sharing Kenneth! It was such pleasure to read your work! Amazing style!

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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

You are VERY WELCOME, Dear nikipa! That is my goal, to make ONE person happy with my contributions to HubPages. Not fame. Not glory, but to make someone else happy if only for one moment. I appreciate your comment. God bless YOU!

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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas

I like the oldies! Isn't it amazing how songs like these are still very popular with both the young and the old. Thanks Kenneth for creating such a memorable and enjoyable hub. Rated up!

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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

THANK YOU MUCH, Money Glitch! Your warm comment, and vote, made my day all the way around. My net has been down since 8 p.m. C.S.T. last night. Thank God, got it back this morning at 7:30 more or less, and getting to read YOUR comment was a delightful way to start my day. Thanks again. Kenneth

Susieq42 5 years ago

Good evening, Ken. I first of all have to say thank you for the very nice email and fan mail. I appreciate your support as I hub along with everyone else. Secondly, this is cool hub! Dreams come through working hard and not giving up. Work, work, work...and as for THE Mr. Owen, shame on him. We're supposed to show some support for those who are trying to reach goals. I say, stay away from those who don't! God bless, Susieq42

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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Thank you, Susieq42, for the nice comment and hope your evening is going good for you also. You are most-welcome for the truthful email and fan mail...I tell the truth when I talk. I do not want to be called a liar. That would kill me. And while your advice, work, work, work, is what I done for 23 years in the newspaper business...this is the ONLY place that I can write, design, and lay-out 'til my heart's content. Funny how life works sometimes. And life has given me a TRUE, creative friend in you, Susieq42. Peace. Sincerely, Kenneth

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Niteriter 5 years ago from Canada

It seems to me, Mr. Avery, that you are well on your way to being a famous Hubber. Four months, 249 followers, 132 Hubs... well done! This is a wonderful Hub, the kind that lives well beyond the life of the author.

Have you heard of Walter Mitty? I think you if you looked for him in the search engines you would find him easily enough. Then you would have a lifelong friend... if he's not your friend already!

Best wishes.

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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello, niteriter, Thank YOU so MUCH for the kind words. I am sincere with my thank you's. I manage to turn out 2 or 3 hubs a day most days. And take weekends off. I love to read other hubber's materials. I admit that ALL, including YOU, on hubs are much better than I. I have not heard of Walter Mitty. I wonder who he is. And no, he is not a friend of mine. And best wishes and peace to you, niteriter. Kenneth

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Rhelena 5 years ago

This is the best type of revenge on all the naysayers who try to keep one down. Glad you achieved your goals!

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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

OCT. 20, 2011

Hello, My New Hub Friend, Rhelena . . .THANK YOU SO MUCH for your support and warm comment. Well, step one, I have achieved, writing the 'broadcast copy' in this hub, if you will, something I would have had to do IF I had only NOT listened to this Owen fella in '72 and went my own way...boy, did I love John Landecker at WLS,Chicago..he was the man when it came to Rock radio. Maybe in the next life, I will be a radio station OWNER and play songs all I want as long as I want....hey, I can dream, right? LOL. Have a wonderful day, my friend. Kenneth

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YogaKat 5 years ago from Oahu Hawaii

Loved reading this hub - great idea!

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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello, My New Friend, YogaKat, Thank YOU, Thank YOU, Thank YOU! Your comment is priceless to me. Made my day. Maybe my month. And to think. YOU were a part of my dream fulfilled. Sorry, I don't have any free caps or t-shirts, but if I did, you would get one today!

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