[joe-frank-list] RE: Joe Frank in Chicago

BILLMILOSZ at aol.com BILLMILOSZ at aol.com
Tue Nov 2 00:25:13 PST 2004

I've heard reports from a few people who came to see Joe Frank report that 
they were treated rudely by Johanna Zorn (director of Third Coast festival). I 
suggest you email her- she's jzorn at thirdcoastfestival.org

I should think this to be inappropriate and bureaucratic behavior.  I think 
she owes apologies to all those she felt moved to treat with something less 
than ordinary respect and dignity.

I don't know her, but in her defense, she's running a week-long series of 
events and was no doubt really very frazzled. She probably had a million things 
going on, a million things going WRONG and a million people wanting things from 
her, whether or not she's in a position to provide them.  It's no excuse and 
she should apologize graciously if she's big enough, but I do see how this 
sort of thing can happen.

I've also learned that a million things went wrong in preparation and so on 
for Joe's performance and that any time he & his staff had planned for meet & 
greet were consumed by headaches beyond number.  (You could have fooled me, I 
thought it all went quite smoothly and hung together well, but I suppose that 
behind the curtain there could have been an angry mob of rustic villagers with 
burning torches, pitchforks and cudgels, only being held at bay by the 
superior firepower of Joe and his staff..... but thanks to the professionalism of the 
performers involved we never knew it....)

FROM: lee13 at uillinois.edu   

I was also at the Chicago performance.  I was not attending the Third
Coast Audio conference.  I drove up to the city from downstate Illinois
just to see Joe Frank.  It was an extremely entertaining show, but yes,
a bit on the quick side.  I had met Joe Frank years ago at his KCRW
studio so his unadulterated voice was not so distracting to me.  His
signature background music was there.  Without that, it would have been
a very un-Joe like performance.  Some of us stayed afterwards to try and
greet Joe and get an autograph, but we were quickly shooed out of the
theater by the woman who introduced Joe before the show and I guess was
the main coordinator for the Third Coast Audio conference.  She was a
bit rude to us, in fact.  I wasn't surprised Joe wanted to retain his
privacy.  Other than that minor letdown, it was a grand evening.


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