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Friday, June 14, Friday Night Social Jewel Reid , Mark Reid , Robert Wilson , and Jamie Postle
Friday, June 14, In the Display Room
Friday, June 14, Photo Ops Roger Smith Poses with Arrow , Oblio and Other Denizens of the Land of Point!   Bracha Smith  
Friday, June 14, Socializing On Friday night, we gathered across the hall from the display room for the "Friday Night Social."   Terry Lowe and Rich Gierman   Terry Lowe , Rich Gierman , Sue Lang , and Tony Lang  
Friday, June 14, Socializing Doug Grose , Randall Smith , Roger Smith , Ted Parkinson , Sue Schnelzer , and Gary Nilsson
Friday, June 14, Welcome to Harryfest The convention began on Friday, June 14, with a "Welcome to Harryfest" event.  
Harry Nilsson on Fame (or the lack of it) Y'know, it's a lotta fun being me. I can probably go to anyone in this room and introduce myself. Some of them will know who I am, will have heard of my name; others, I could say, "Well, let me remind you," and sing them four or five songs, and they'll say , "Oh, you're the guy who did that?" It's ...
Harry Nilsson on FM Radio Asked in 1969 to comment on the programming choices made by "free-form" FM radio stations in New York and Los Angeles , Nilsson replied:   For one thing, the sound is monotonous. After a little while, all the music sounds the same. It's too categorized. The people that run these stations are a lot ...
Harry Nilsson on Gun Violence I get nervous when they start shooting piano players . -- Harry Nilsson (1981) [1] [1] Los Angeles Herald Examiner (1981-08-16)
Harry Nilsson on His Career Jim Painton in a 2002 post to the Harry Nilsson Mailing List described his belief that Harry Nilsson had just been "begrudgingly fulfilling his contract" with RCA from Pussy Cats through Knnillssonn .   I, however, had the pleasure of meeting the man. Although our conversation was brief, he ...
Harry Nilsson on his Father I saw him when I was 9, and again recently, like after 20 years. He remarried and had three more children. He's retired now, after he got hurt in an auto plant. He was a supervisor and got to manage one of the Dodger farm clubs. He used to be a pretty good ballplayer once. -- Harry Nilsson (1969) ...
Harry Nilsson on John Lennon The most important thing I learned from him was to follow through, to finish what you start. If you say you’re going to send someone a postcard, send a postcard. He always followed through. -- Harry Nilsson (1980) [1]   We were good friends. We were roommates twice, once in New York and ...
Harry Nilsson on Money Talking to Forbes magazine about his RCA contract guaranteeing Nilsson advances of about $5 million, Harry joked: Talk fast. Remember my time is worth $10 a minute. -- Harry Nilsson (1973) [1]   There is more to life than money. But money is the first plateau. -- Harry Nilsson (1973) [2]   [1] ...
Harry Nilsson on Performing Live I don't know how much I want out of music or how much I'm willing to pay for it. It's acceptance we all want, isn't it? If it's my music that's being played and sung am I accepted? Or do I have to play it and sing it myself? Maybe, that's why I don't perform. I don't feel comfortable before an ...
Harry Nilsson on Songwriting Songs are vignettes. They are slices of my life. My idea of a song is that it's like a book or movie only you have two or three minutes to convey the idea. -- Harry Nilsson (1968) [1]   I write from personal experience, personal contact. It's like you experience A and B and come up with C. ...
Harry Nilsson on Working at a Bank While working at a bank, Harry had an answer when people asked why he wasn't doing well with the songs he was writing: The only way I defended myself was by quoting statistics that fewer people in music got into trouble or jail than people in other trades or professions. -- Harry Nilsson (1969) [1] ...
Harry Nilsson Quotes The following is a collection of quotes from (or about) Harry Nilsson .
Harry Nilsson's Philosophy on Life You gotta do it, do It, do it. Get stoned, get laid, get sensible, get stoned, get sane, get fat, get thin - do it all, do it to excess. -- Harry Nilsson (1976) [1]   [1] Evening Standard ( London, England ), James Johnson (1976-11-12) "Raising Hell with Harry"
Harryfest 2000 In 2000, Harryfest returned to Southern California. Once again, our host was Curtis Armstrong .  
Harryfest 2001 Scrapbook Welcome to Roger and Bracha Smith's Harryfest 2001 scrapbook.   Note: This story was originally created and updated daily (like a blog ) while we were attending the Harryfest in 2001. It has been updated a bit here.     We flew out of Orlando and arrived in London on Friday morning, May 4. After ...
Harryfest 2002 Bracha and Roger Smith were the hosts of Harryfest 2002 in Orlando, Florida . The event was held at the Rosen Plaza hotel.   Setting Up   Registration Table with Welcome Bags     Memorabilia and Artwork on Display
May 4 - Andrea's Cape Andrea brought her RCA Son of Schmilsson promotional vampire cape (which each of us had to try on!).    
May 4 - Harryfest   John and Pam Murphy   Rinus deMan and Curtis Armstrong   William Dobson and Andrea
May 4 - Harryfest Dinner The Harryfest began with a dinner buffet ... and a collection of Harry Nilsson memorabilia.       Curtis Armstrong (Center) with Andrea and John Sheridan   Ted Parkinson , Zak and Leslie Nilsson , and Roger Smith   Bracha Smith
May 5 - Bus Tour and Lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe On Saturday, the Harryheads embarked on a bus tour of London . We stopped for lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe in Mayfair. On display near where we were seated was the "denim jacket" worn by John Lennon when he and Harry Nilsson were gently escorted from the Troubadour after they had warmly greeted the ...
May 5 - Harryfest Dinner Friday night we got together at the hotel for a dinner with a special guest.     John and Pan Murphy   Marc Harry (seated, left) Introduced our special guest, Rob Burt   Rob Burt holds a special place in the hearts of Harry Nilsson fans. It was his discovery of unreleased recordings from the A ...
May 5 - London Eye After lunch we took a ride on the London Eye .   While we waited in line, a BBC Radio reporter, Ronnie Bergman , interviewed a few of us including Roger Smith , Zak Nilsson , and Marc Harry   Then we boarded the "Eye."
May 6 - Breakfast I avoided talking about the Saturday morning breakfast when I originally posted about the Harryfest twenty years ago, So, this entry is new.   Saturday morning, we gathered at the hotel for an English breakfast. I enjoyed the food, including the black pudding and HP Sauce . But, of course, ...
May 6 - Goodbyes Those of us still in the area joined John and Pam in their room to watch some Nilsson videos, talk a bit, and say goodbye.   Watching the Tonight Show Episode with Ringo Starr (Note the Button He is Wearing!)   Pam, John, and Bracha     And so ended our Harryfest 2001 adventure!
May 6 - Walking Around London After breakfast, Bracha and I joined Zak and Leslie for a walking tour of London .   Light rain fell as we left the hotel, but it soon stopped.   We boarded the London Underground at a nearby station and found ourselves in Picadilly Circus just one stop later.   Bracha and Roger at "The Horses ...