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10/26/21 12:37 AM #1    

 

Bill Lyons (Lyons)

Greetings Fellow HHS 71ers,

First I want to say thanks to all of those that made the 50th reunion so special. I LOVED EVERY MINUTE! My only regret is that since I hadn't seen so many since we graduated, I only got to talk (I mean really talk) to about 50% of those I wanted. So, with that in mind, if I didn't get a chance to talk to you and you wanted to talk to me, then join my party. No, you don't have to come to Nashville, TN (although you could if you wanted to. We have an extra bedroom). I hold what I call a "Time Zone Call Party" It was created back in the 80s (before cell phones made long distance calls so cheap). Since most of my friends were musicians (I graduated from the Berklee College of Music in '83) and musicians had no money, I needed to find a way that we could wish each other a Merry Christmas "CHEAPLY!" I came up with the idea of assigning everyone on my list a "10-minute time interval beginning at 9am. If you called during your alloted time and let it ring once it would cost you no money AND I would know it was you since I had given you the time to call. If interested, go to my website, http://TimeZoneCallParty.itgo.com. 

It has worked out quite nicely over the years. Sometimes it is the only time I get to talk to my friends that are in my heart and on my mind even if we only speak once a year...AT least we do!

Please join me on the first Saturday in December. This year that will be Saturday, December 4, 2021. The schedule is supposed to be posted Monday, November 1, 2021. Even if you miss the deadline, if you'd like to be included (and I would love it if you are), send me a text to 559-426-6726. (That number spells 559- I AM-ORANGE. And yeah, it really works) Or you can send an email to one of my "many" emails, OrangemanAAFP@Yahoo.com. 

I miss you. I love you and I hope I get to hear from you!. Enjoy the blessings of the day!

Bill "ORANGE" Lyons

"I am proudly one of the 'voices of WFSK' and can be heard by going to http://WFSKfm.org. If you listen for an hour, you'll hear me AT LEAST once plus it's great smooth jazz music."

 


10/26/21 01:04 AM #2    

 

Bill Lyons (Lyons)

Hello again from the ORANGE Man,

I just posted about the Time Zone Call Party (TZCP) and now I want to talk about Ireland. I married Carol Blake (HHS Class of 1969). She was born in Dublin. We have traveled there twice and I want to go back for my 70th birthday. 

A birthday tradition was started when on my 40th I went to Las Vegas for the very first time. I fell in love with video poker. (BTW, I made over $700 playing VP on my last trip in September). On my 50th I got to meet one of my musical idols, Michael Johnson ("Bluer Than Blue" 1978). He even sat at my table for a while. Sadly Michael died in July of 2017. On my 60th I got to return to my college alma mater and direct a choir in a tribute concert for our dearly departed choir director, Steve Prosser (who wrote the most beautiful arrangement of Silent Night I have EVER heard or sung. (https://youtu.be/9CAWGX0jpkA). (Once you wipe away the tears, try to listen to the music next time). This brings me to my 70th birthday in March of 2023.

I want to go to Ireland again and I want to invite any of you that would like to join us. Currently it's Carol (my wife), her sister Jane and Carol's friend Margie. Depending on how many want to come, what we do is rent a villa. Last time we had 12 people in a 5-BR complex and it was WONDERFUL. We can stay anywhere you want or we can stay in the same villa that has a pub at the end of the street. This will happen in late March 2023. (Exact dates are still in the planning stages). You all can make this a memorable trip for me. And when we get to "the pub" I'll buy you ALL a pint..or my name isn't "O'rangeman"!

You can message me Bill "ORANGE" Lyons on Facebook or call or text me (see the previous post) or email me at BillORANGELyons@musician.org or OrangemanAAFP@yahoo.com. 

No birthday present will be necessary as YOUR PRESENCE will be the biggest and best gift. See ya in Ireland in 2023!

Bill "ORANGE" Lyons


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