Knoxville & Tennessee
My high school friend, Bob Luedeka, the progenitor of BNEA to a large extent, disappeared from my life until he resurfaced in Knoxville. Bob and I took my very first road trip when we stole his dad's car and drove to Houston to visit his girlfriend, away back in 1968. He came over to my house and asked me if I wanted to drive down with him. I took a can of Right Guard, a carton of Marlboro's and off we went with a Pure Oil (before Union 76) credit card and 20 bucks in cash. I wrote my dad a note saying that I'd gone to Houston with Bob and would be back in a week. Bob, however, forgot to tell anyone and soon we were dodging the cops because the Pure Oil station where he worked thought he stole the night receipts.
The BNEA Connection
Anyway, fast forward to 1998 and it's "ROAD TRIP!" time again. With nothin' up our sleeve, presto... we're on the way to Knoxville to visit. Bob, like Bruce, cannot let an occasion such as this go unembellished and the next thing we know we're trespassing and scaring the hell out of a security detail at a nuclear power plant.
Sounds good, right? But wait... there's way more high points than that, the greatest of which was Bruce catching his first fish (I got to drive the boat, drink Diet Coke, smoke okedoke cigars and never moped). However, getting smoked by a troop of Mennonite school girls on the go-cart track at Pigeon Forge was wayyyyyy up there, too. Also, Bruce the Human Fly was pretty funny. "Bruceeee.... he'll try anything!"
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