NOWHERE 40 YEARS AGO
Where are you going? "Nowhere," I would answer
The Jesters change to the Rhythm's Children and a home is provided for their practices and performances at the Nowhere
This picture is not a good picture of "Big Mama" Louise Taylor, but sets the theme of this website 40th anniversary celebration. Louise decorated the old building at 4th and Van Buren Sts. in Charleston, the theme of the building was a "barn." It wouldn't be long until a huge pot-bellied stove would be added to the front foyer. Pinball machines, a pop machine, and a ticket counter were in the middle as you came in the door. John Thudium and Jim Davis were the only workers. Fire Captain Mel Taylor would fill the pop machine, and help to break up any possible fights or altercations outside. Police officer Jack Turner was also hired to help control our huge crowds inside and outside.
was responsible for cleaning, visiting, and getting totally distracted
my ongoing college studies at EIU (Eastern Illinois University).
Louise at the ticket booth. John Thudium and Jim Davis were employees of the Nowhere. John took the money and Jim Davis was the Bouncer.
The picture below shows a very large crowd to see Rhythm's Children with WLS- A.M. (Chicago) D-Jay Bernie Allen. Louise hired Clark Weber, Larry Lujac and Bernie Allen to host great shows. Many free records were given out.
LES EASTER, above with the microphone, comments on Larry Lujac (Uncle Lar)
The unidentified band picture you mention in the website is very likely during a talent contest held by Larry Lujac and I believe that is me doing my animal sounds. If so you have captured a moment in Nowhere history that has bigger implications than one might think. For if that is Ole Uncle Lar and me, it is the very first time he heard the sound "Rippett, Rippett!" That phrase if you remember became a moniker sound for Larry Lujac for quite a while on WLS and even during his animal stories with Little snot nose Tommy. Admittedly, I stole the sound from who else, Larry Closson. But Lar heard it from me and the rest is Nowhere history.
Take a look at the picture and see if you think that is Lujac and me. On occasion I still share that story with people from that generation and WLS listeners. It would be neat to know you captured it on film.
Louise hired a great soul band from Terre Haute that required an extension on the stage. I can't remember their name, but here they are.