Monthly Archives: July 2011
From People…Hold On (Motown, 1972)
I stumbled upon Uncle Doc’s baseball card site this afternoon while…wait, how did I wind up there? Oh, right. I was idly wondering if Topps had issued a 1976 Bob Gibson, since it damn well should have. Well, Topps didn’t, but I was pleased to find that Uncle Doc agrees that, in a perfect world, Hall of Famers should have their entire careers documented on cardboard. And he takes it even one step further: He Photoshops the cards that never were. The ’74 Willie Mays. The ’84 Gaylord Perry. An awesome ’83 Stargell.
He’s also trying to complete the craptastic ’88 Donruss set, the errand of a true die-hard if I ever saw one. Next time I go back to my dad’s house, I’ll see what I can find for him among the shoeboxes. Maybe he can help me close out my ’84 Topps in exchange.
The fascinating true story of the man who, for almost a decade, scored untold amounts of sex, cash, and free gear just by telling people he was Randy Meisner, the Eagles’ founding bass player (and the guy who sings lead on “Take It to the Limit“).
[SFPD inspector Curtis Cashen] says the Meisner scam traces back to 1988 in Las Vegas. There, Morgan was arrested on charges of impersonating Eagles member Don Henley.
Henley was in the midst of a successful solo career, and thus was very recognizable; continuing to impersonate him would have been a risky undertaking. But pretending to be an Eagle apparently suited Morgan’s taste. After jumping bail on the Henley-related fraud charge, Morgan downsized, adopting the role of the much-lesser-known Eagles bass player, Randy Meisner, to whom Morgan even bore a vague physical resemblance.
“If he had continued with Don Henley, I think people would have caught onto him a lot faster,” Cashen says. “To go to Meisner was an excellent choice.”