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Uncle Otto\'s General Store
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Uncle Otto\'s General Store
Uncle Otto's General S  
Hi Kathy, I've been browsing through you very interesting Q&A pages.  As an early member of the band I played at the Red Lion with Al, Neal and Terry regularly.  Occasionally, these gigs were recorded.  I spoke to Al once many years ago and he thought the tapes still existed.  Do you have access to any of these recordings? Additionally, there was a link on your pages that had a pic of REO in 1968 posted to Myspace

https://myspace.com/rcmcwilliams/photos/albums/reo-speedwagon/2992705

The link has no pic any longer but I was wondering if you have it or any other pic, that I might be included in?

Also, I have included a 2 promo pics of Uncle Otto's General Store, which your fans may find interesting since a few of us later joined REO.  The members are left to right me (Joe McCabe), Steve Massingill,Jack Davis,Bill Fiorio and Frank Eiter. Three of us, Bill, Steve and I all played with REO, although not at the same time.

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Hi Joe: Good to hear from you!  When I interviewed Alan at his Mona Lisa Café, he also thought Red Lion tapes existed. I've heard a couple of purported tapes over the years, but the quality was always pretty awful. I've yet to score any decent copies. As for the MySpace pix, I'm sure I still have it, but it's on another computer. I'll see if I can dig it up for you. Thanks so much for the Uncle Otto's pix! Those were such awesome and formative years of rock n roll. So glad you were a part of it! -- Kathy

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Expertise

History of the band, their music, lyrics, instrumentation, touring, hits, chart activities, and just about everything else in between.

Experience

President of REO FANS, the band's largest international fan club, and REO fan for over 45 years, having attended hundreds of concerts all over the world.

Publications
Editor & Publisher of REO FANS NEWS

Education/Credentials
Washburn Law School

Awards and Honors
With a 40+ year photographic history of the band, one of her photos was selected to appear on the band's 25th anniversary t-shirts. She was also featured on VH-1's "Rock Collectors," where her rock photography was displayed.

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