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Shadow Hour Archive – Ed Solomon and our stories 7/9/2009

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UPDATE: 12/30/2014 Today I am about to take a road trip to say goodbye to a dear friend. Ed Solomon was a mentor, a kind spirit and a positive spirit in my life.

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Master storyteller, Ed Solomon

He always encouraged me in my exploration of off-centered entertainment. In one of our many conversations he was telling me about the value of storytelling and why he thought it was so fundamental to people. At the time I was broadcasting The Shadow Hour and thought this would be an interesting conversation for our listeners.

Ed was unsure how this would go, but he trusted me. We got on the phone and he gave a stellar hour of his time.

Ed was a band director and musician who helped introduce thousands of middle school students to the joy of music. He was a writer, magician and storyteller who used the very old school approach to teaching and exploring the questions of being human with his tales of wonder. He was a kind man who cared so much for others and wished them to be the best in whatever they were.

Today, December 30, 2014, he has been moved into a hospice care facility.  Today I will make the 2-hour drive and share my thoughts and those of others as I say goodbye to my dear friend. I will miss him terribly.

Here is Ed Solomon as I like to think of him, a wise soul, a great thinker, a marvelous storyteller.

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UPDATE: 3/8/2015 Ed passed on January 4. Today we all gathered to say our final goodbyes by, what else?, telling stories about how he had influenced our lives. His reach and impact on people was much broader than I ever knew. I’m so grateful that I had the chance to have him in my life.

The Shadow Hour Archive – Ken Gerhard 5/13/2009

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UPDATE:  4/13/2014

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This third episode of The Shadow Hour connected me with cryptozoologist, Ken Gerhard, from San Antonio. It was also the first time that I used Glassy Shadows by Adam Certamen Bownik as the theme song. It broadcast much better than the grungy piece I used before and became a mental doorway through which I would pass as each broadcast began. No matter how harried I was feeling when I began that music everything would settle into place. It was amazing. If I started the show up again I would definitely still use it. I may even use it for some of my live paranormal programs

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Ken Gerhard, Cryptozoologist

Of course, Ken Gerhard is an amazing fellow. He is deeply curious about animal mysteries and experienced with going out into the wild and hunting for them. It was a fun interview.

Chris Walden

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