Kansas City: Wilbert Harrison

Yesterday in the NFL draft, Eric Fisher was drafted number 1. He is sort of a part of the KTCC family through My Dear Hedley who alerted me to the draft and Eric. I had been waiting for months to hear his name announced first so today we celebrate his accomplishments as he wings his way to Kansas City and the Chiefs.

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26 Comments on “Kansas City: Wilbert Harrison”

  1. Caryn Says:

    I do miss the stories about The Prince.

    • Kat Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      As do I! MDH says he will reconsider when he returns from his trip to England. Let’s hope!!

      • Hedley Says:

        Caryn,

        Kat mentioned that you had placed this very kind post, so I will pop up for a moment and then return to my burrow.

        One of the big issues we had last night after Eric was drafted number one was to try to get some credentials, souvenirs and other items from the Green Room autographed to The Prince by his Uncle and brought home to his Pumpa to be kept as part of his heritage. Frankly if we could have autographed a chair and stuck it on the plane I would have done it. 🙂

        As much as I love my Detroit Lions, and am thrilled beyond belief at Eric’s achievement from our little town of Rochester Hills, nothing gives me more pleasure that watching our 6 year old grandson play baseball or flag football.

        Last time the Prince and I were together, he left early and I expressed my disappointment that we were not spending the day together to which he responded “we really messed up”

        And so his Uncle is the number one draft pick to the NFL, Tottenham are live on TV tomorrow but foremost in my mind is seeing The Prince on Sunday after biking with Big Rick

        Thank you KTCC for sharing Eric’s journey and thank you Kat for alerting me to the thoughtful and kind post from my friend Caryn

      • Kat Says:

        My Dear hedley,
        I am so pleased you left the burrow to drop by. Your fans have missed you greatly. We have all been waving banners: Come Home, Hedley!

        What a perfect idea: to save memorabilia from the draft for The Prince. When he is older and his Uncle Eric is all-pro, they will become treasured possessions which automatically come with bragging rights!

        You sound like my sister who never misses a flag football or soccer game in which her 6 year old grandson plays. The whole family turns out to watch.

        What a wonderful response which lets you know how much he loves his time with you (and probably those pancakes too).

        Your weekend sounds ideal. I wish you warm weather and a wonderful ride with big Rick.

        We miss you greatly!

  2. Birgit Says:

    What a nice surprise – a ghost-post-comment 😉
    The kind guest from the burrow will perhaps see some soccer fans from Dortmund/Germany in London… I also hope he returns regularly to KTCC.

    • Hedley Says:

      Short lived Birgit and I miss you ! I was so pulling for Borussia Dortmund and I was thrilled that they thrashed the fakes that are Real Madrid and should go to London

      TTFN

    • Kat Says:

      Birgit,
      I hope all of these come home, Hedley remarks will bring him back to the fold!

  3. Caryn Says:

    So good to hear from you, Hedley. Thank you for the reply. I hope you don’t exceed your baggage weight limit with the autographed things. I’m sure The Prince will be thrilled for the souvenirs and for seeing Pumpa on Sunday.
    I’m sorry my only Football knowledge is Queens Park Rangers, The Revolution and Munchen Gladbach and I have no idea how they do. Go Tottenham? 😀

  4. Vintage Spins Says:

    Hedley, I am so jealous! There’s nowhere I’d rather be than in England – I’ve been a number of times by myself., but still have seen only a small portion of the country. I actually hate flying, but the discomfort and risk are always worth it when I set foot on English soil – it always feels as if I’m finally home.

    Two years ago, we attempted to walk the Yorkshire Wolds but were rained out (and it was more strenuous than expected.) We then scrambled to the Cotswolds which was absolutely beautiful.

    I hope you have a wonderful trip!

    Marie

    • Hedley Says:

      Marie, I am a Londoner born and bred, lived there until I was 26 and have been here for 33, so you can imagine the pleasure of the trips to the Capital. We will be basing in Weybridge and my wife and I are taking our daughter and boyfriend and have time split between the City and the south coast – probably not the Cotswolds this time but I totally agree with your comment

      The biggest highlights will be seeing Helen Mirren in “The Audience” an evening at the Shakepeare Globe and, of course, seeing my beloved Tottenham Hotspur in the last game of the season at White Hart Lane.

      There are a ton on new books and music sitting at my sister’s home and we are ready to roll

      Thank you for your post 🙂

      • Kat Says:

        My Dear Hedley,
        I am so very jealous of your trip!! Helen Mirren put my jealousy in the red zone!!

      • Vintage Spins Says:

        Hedley,

        ” . . . a Londoner born and bred” – the green-eyed monster is rearing its ugly head again! Since I was a child I’ve been deeply drawn to England and am convinced that there must have been some sort of cosmic accident that occurred at the moment of my birth and I was mistakenly dumped in a backwater known as Toronto, Ontario.

        Your plans sound wonderful! When you return, I’d also love to hear about the books and music you mentioned that are awaiting you at your sister’s home.

        Please don’t forget us when you return.

        Marie

      • Hedley Says:

        Marie,

        From Universal Music I ordered, new box sets of the Jamaican Sounds,(primarily reggae) , The History of Trojan Records, and a Dusty boxset where I have all the music but really wanted the DVD. Amazon shipped in a Dr Feelgood boxset and the old Faces CD “Nods as good ad a wink” which was really cheap and I wanted a CD version of their cover of Memphis which was left off “Five guys walk in to a bar”. I did pick up Blur’s Parklive which was their Hyde Park concert at the end of the olympics (yes I went to the Olympics) and Cricklewood Green now that Alvin Lee has left us

        My reading is incredibly stodgy and is driven primarily by 20th century social and political history, although I did pick up John Sugden’s second part of his biography of Nelson (love that HMS Victory). I am most looking forward to a new book on the Great Train Robbery especially s one of the nuaghty boys lived down the street from me in Ashtead.

        Boring – you betcha but you asked and there is your answer

    • Kat Says:

      Marie,
      After Ghana, my first summer home, I did a European trip starting in Russia and ending in London where I fell in love with a city. Since that trip, I have tried to start or end in London, but it has been a long while since my last visit as my trips have been to South America or Africa. Your comment made me realize how much I miss London!

      • Vintage Spins Says:

        Kat,

        It’s a long story, but I almost moved to London in 1999. My grandmother was English and it enabled me to acquire a certificate to live and work in Britain. I found a job through an agency at the University of London and a nice flat, but circumstances back home caused me to change my plans.

        The next time I go over, I intend to plan my stay around a Northern Soul All-Nighter before I head off exploring the countryside. Finances are tight, but if it happens within the next 10 years I’m hoping to still be able to dance the night away (albeit less energetically!) 😉

        Marie

      • Hedley Says:

        Wigan ??? uuurrrgghhhh

      • Vintage Spins Says:

        Hedley, I’ve experienced the Northern Soul scene only vicariously, so I know I’m “talking through my hat”, as they say. Based on the stories with which my former boss would regale me and on what I’ve read elsewhere, I’m more of a Twisted Wheel/Golden Torch kind of gal (in terms of the songs). I think it was during the Wigan Casino era that they started playing Paul Anka and other “stretches” out of desperation for new sounds.

        Thanks to English “Northern Soul” devotees, I was introduced to some truly great soul music that, even though it didn’t chart at the time, should have made it to the top.

        I don’t know if I could handle the crowds of a “Wigan Casino-type” event, but it’s just something I have to experience because I regret so much that I missed out on it in my youth.

        As for your music, it sounds very interesting to me – especially the Trojan Records Story and the Small Faces – and, on the contrary, your reading doesn’t sound at all stodgy or boring to me. History is fascinating!

        Marie

  5. Annie Says:

    Hello Kat ( and Hedley too)
    I come from in England too, we live in Bath which is a beautiful Georgian city in the South West of England. I would certainly recommend a visit to this part of the world, it is a lovely place to live.

    Annie.

    • Hedley Says:

      Annie
      Between our Fullers Brewery Tour and an evening at the Globe, we have discussed heading to Bath, we love the city and of course Castle Combe is terribly close by. Guess it depends what the kids want to do.

      We are going to roll down to Bodiam and then drift over to Sissinghurst, all Vita and Harodl and really cool walled gardens.

      BUT a very good chance we are heading down your way and going a bit Roman and in to the Cresent. Remember I am a London boy so anything north of Watford and west of Reading is a bit difficult for me

      • Annie Says:

        Hi Hedley,
        I’m sure you will have a great time in this neck of the woods whatever you decide to do!
        Bath is only 1 hour 40 minutes from Paddington, so you could be here really quickly, I’m sure you will acclimatise in no time!
        I’d love to visit Sissinghurst, hope you have a wonderful trip.

        Annie.

      • Kat Says:

        Annie,
        On one of my English journeys I made it to Bath and fell in love with the city and the Roman ruins, the baths. I always said I’d go back and spend more time as I hadn’t given myself enough time there as I didn’t know what to expect.

        I haven’t yet done that but I will!!

  6. Beto Says:

    Good fortune to your young man there Hedley.
    Stout lad.

    • Hedley Says:

      Beto
      Thank you so much, it’s been an extraordinary trip from Stoney High School which is today only ten years old, into the virtual obscurity of CMU and the MAC playing in front of small crowds.

      before the Senior year we knew that Eric was attracting attention and seen as a genuine NFL prospect but who would have guessed that his hard work and effort would take him all the way to number one. The first of the green room team will be here shortly and it will be sports junkie time.

      Thank you again for your best wishes for the Prince’s Uncle, very much appreciated.
      Hedley

  7. Birgit Says:

    Kat, you visited Russia in the 70’s? Back then this country was a mystery and an unusual travel destination. I’m curious and would love to hear about your time in Russia some day. (Did you already write about it and I missed it?)

    • Kat Says:

      Birgit,
      I don’t think I ever mentioned it. I went the summer of 1972 and flew to Helsinki, stayed in Finland a bit, then took the train from there to Leningrad. I will remember to tell the story some day as it has a bit of excitement to it.


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