Because Inquiring Minds Want to Know . . .

OK, this is a little bit of inside baseball, but it’s the best way I have to disseminate the information.  Alice and Dave Anderson celebrated their 50th anniversary yesterday at Gathered Oaks before a cast of thousands.  The entertainment was a 4-piece jazz combo of obviously high school age kids, who were very good.  The guitar player attracted our attention because he looked familiar – the Super and I agreed  he looked like Adam Astrup. He was.  Adam was an original Alex wunderkind whose family moved to Cold Spring . . . well, we’d forgotten how many years ago.  So, I looked it up – and now we know the rest of the story.

[Adam with other wunderkinds – we always said Sami Steidl was our original.  This January 15, 2012.]

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[Adam standing with Spencer Christensen, another wunderkind, July 5, 2012.]


[With Paul Meland on sax, Sixth Avenue Wine & Ale, October 17, 2012.]


[With Paul and Kirby Karpan at SAWA, October 25, 2013.]




[With Paul, Kirby, and others with the Alexandria Jazz Combo    ]

Which leads us to . . .  yesterday, July 23, 2017

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[Mr. Astrup, four years later . . . ]

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[Deb Trumm photos . . . she and Paul have a niece and nephew, who in some order are one year younger and one year older than Adam, who go to Rocori High School and are Facebook friends with him.]

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[Wish he could have stayed in Alex longer . . . ]

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Jazz is not dead, it just smells funny.  ~  Frank Zappa

Up Next:  Whatever was in line  . . .

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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