Jack Curtiss tracks down Johnny Dark
Jack tells how he finally found the former Radio England jock:
Well, folks I guess as the Fourth of July is near it's a good time for an update, regarding the Yank contingent of our Merry Band of Radio Outlaws. No, it's not about me - still happily ensconced in Adelaide and just turned 65 (eek!) - but someone else we've not heard of or from more than 41 years. Briefly, the word is Johnny Dark lives!
The irrepressible 'Dark Lord of the Night Ride' (aka Harry Putnam) is alive and well (apart from a couple of strokes). He's 72 years old and living with his wife Cher in Pasadena, Maryland, not that far from Towson, the Baltimore suburb where he worked years before coming to England.
Getting an invitation to the premiere of Grey Swinging Radio England documentary in the States - which I couldn't make - got me thinking of those lads still missing from the radio pirate rolls. It led me to make one more stab at locating Harry. I had tried a few times before, but there are just too many guys with the same name. This time, on Bob Le Roi's nostalgia site, I spotted a middle initial I hadn't seen previously and that did the trick. A half-hour later I was speaking with good old "Johnny Dark" himself. He was thrilled to hear from me and even more so to learn there were actually websites and fans avidly keeping up on what happened to us after all these many years. And of course he was quite saddened when I related the unhappy end of young Boom-Boom Brannigan's Virginia Odyssey.
Heather Webber (née Hems) is trying to track down Brenda Cogdell
I am looking for Brenda Cogdell, who was secretary to Gordon Sheppard at 17 Curzon Street in the Sixties. I know she got married but do not know her married name. We were childhood friends around 1956 and went to a little dancing school together in Battersea. We entered competitions and did a duet together, where I was Tweety pie the bird and she was Sylvester the cat. It was great fun!
I wonder if anybody knows who she married and where she is? I am living in Cape Town South Africa now.
Please email Mary if you can help
That's the story
so far... Stay tuned!
Still on our 'Missing Persons' list: Graham Johns (aka Tim Yale or Yail), Ron Rose (aka Ted Delaney), Rick Dane, Bill Hearne, Richard Warner, John York and Ray Glennister. Also looking for RNI jock Roger Kent.
In addition to the above list, we would like to contact any other staff from the offshore stations,. We would epecially like to hear from former members of the office staff of Radlon Sales Ltd, and listeners who won Radio London competitions.
According to information received by the Pirate Radio Hall of Fame, both Tom Hatala (Tom Cooper) and Henry Morgan, (aka Gerry Burke) are believed to be deceased.
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Chuck Blair, Tony Blackburn, Pete Brady, Tony Brandon, Dave Cash, Ian Damon, Chris Denning, Dave Dennis, Pete Drummond, John Edward, Kenny Everett, Graeme (Graham) Gill, Bill Hearne, Duncan Johnson, Paul Kaye, Lorne King, Mike Lennox, John Peel, Earl Richmond, Mark Roman, John Sedd, Keith Skues, Ed "Stewpot" Stewart, Norman St. John, Tommy Vance, Richard Warner, Willy Walker, Alan West, Tony Windsor and John York (or Yorke).
The ex-Big L jocks known to be deceased are:
Chuck Blair, Dave Dennis, Kenny Everett, Paul Kaye, John Peel, Earl Richmond, Tommy Vance and Tony Windsor.