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Dana's Journal #8
I heard some sad news yesterday. My long time, dear friend, Nokie Edwards has been in poor health lately. While praying for and thinking about him I couldn't help but look back on my different memories of Nokie.
This memory was when Mosrite sponsored a Vintage Guitar Tradeshow in Manhattan NY. Nokie Edwards along with Eliott Easton of the Cars were our musical guest. The first part on the Tradeshow went great. There were a lot people interested in the Mosrite Guitar. The musical part of the show was phenomenal. Elliott did very good but Nokie (no offence Elliott) blew the doors off the place. I have never known any one that could just stand there so effortlessly and play some of the most astronomical guitar you have ever heard. Everything was going well until, on the second day of the tradeshow when somebody stole Loretta's purse. All the money from the sales at the show was in her purse. We made enough on the third day to pay for the show lol.
After the show was over, while the guys were loading up, Nokie and I played pool on this Pool table backstage. While I was trying to beat him in pool, Nokie hid my purse from me. When I went to get my purse, of course, it wasn't there. I assumed that someone had stole my purse too. I'm freaking out and while I freak out Nokie is trying very hard not to laugh. He finally couldn't hold it any more. Nokie was laughing so hard. For those who don't know Nokie, he is usually a subtle, quite kind of guy. To hear him laugh like that is something I will never forget.
I love you Nokie. Get well soon.
Dana's Journal #９
Today is a holiday for our 1st President, George Washington and 16th President, Abraham Lincoln birthday's . They were both born in February.
When I think Presidents I can't help but think of this beautiful double neck guitar that Dad and I built for our 41st President, George H. W. Bush. It even had Mr. President inlaid in the necks. We worked very hard on this guitar and the rumors about it were spreading real fast. The NBC 11:00 News contacted us and wanted to do an interview about Dad and the Mr. President Guitar. Now, our factory in North Carolina had a small auditorium on the property. So Dad decided he would do a small concert to show off the guitar. We got everything set up and the 11:00 News crew were all set up . Everything was going great. Dad had a song that the lyrics were "When it seems like you whole world has just gone up in smoke" at that time I was to hit the button for the smoke machine. I did just that and the smoke machine stuck on. I could not get it to shut off. I even unplugged it and it kept going. Well, I smoked everybody out of the auditorium. Unfortunately the smoke took forever to clear and the interview had to be canceled. Just another day in the life of Mosrite Guitars.
Dana's Journal #7
With all the holidays behind us now it's time to start 2018. So today I cleaned up my shop. While cleaning my work bench I couldn't help but think about my first work bench.
I received my first work bench at the age of 8 years old. Now it wasn't because I was some great child prodigy or anything, it was because of me trying to help. Oh I helped alright. I took 80 grit sandpaper and sanded a full rack (25) of finished and ready to ship guitars. Dad walked in and I will never forget the look on his face. All he could say was "Oh Honey". Right there and then Dad took me to the rough sanding area in the factory and sat me down at one of the work benches. He told me "This is your very own work bench". He then brought me a rough guitar body and a sanded guitar body. He told me "make that rough body look like this sanded one". And that was exactly what I tried to do. I sanded on that till my fingers bled. Every time I went to the factory after that I would go to my work bench and sand on my guitar body. I was very, very, proud of that guitar body all though I don't think I ever got it right.
Till next time.
Dana's Journal #6
New Years Day is, and probably always will be, a melancholy day. New Years Eve 1993 my son David Brian Ayers aka Brian Moseley drank too much and did not wake up New Years Day 1994. He was 18 years old. To this day I light a candle from Christmas to New Year for Brian. I call it my Brian Candle.
Brian was the true inheritor of Mosrite Guitars. I had Brian very young, His grandpa, Semie Moseley was the only Dad he ever knew. Brian could build a guitar with the best of them. Dad taught him just like he taught me. God only knows what Mosrite would be if Brian were alive today. Brian would be 42. I'll never get over the loss of my son. I just learn to live with it.
I send a special thanks to Temmei Iwahori for the purchase of not only my Dad's tombstone but also my sons.