Life Lessons

The last blog post I wrote about at KROQ was going to be the last blog post I wrote about KROQ, or so I thought. In it, I wrote that I was disappointed to discover the quirks my friend Jessica called “endearing” at the time were far more irritating to others than I realized. I’ve made improvements in my life since then but the motivation for the changes had to come from within. There was nothing my co-workers could say that would make me change.

In that earlier post, I mentioned Boogerman, who showed up at a remote broadcast and amused me with his parody songs. I thought we could use his talents without spending a lot of money. As it turned out, Boogerman was living in his van and appreciated the on-air exposure. He had his own quirks issues that caused him to leave and caused us to lose touch.

My friend Bruce Butler always asks whatever happened to Boogerman. Bruce is now a real estate agent in St. Louis. Back then, he produced comedy segments for the Premiere Radio Network prep services. Bruce will be interested to know that I got an email out of the blue from Boogerman yesterday:

Hey there…hope this is the legend Frank Murphy who was a major contributor in my life of comedy. I was thinking about things this morning and thought about people who were really good to me. You were at the top of the list for sure.
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But, the memory was bitter-sweet and I really feel that I need to apologize to you for letting you down all those years ago. I don’t think I have told you I’m sorry…but if I have let me just do it again…lol
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You stuck your neck out for me and got me on Premiere Radio, then helped me get on KROQ and then even let me do some stuff for Mark and Brian after I destroyed myself at KROQ. You helped me when nobody else would and I just need you to know that I’ve always been grateful for this.
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I unfortunately at the time was completely un-prepared for the real world…I was completely full of s–t, unstable and spiritually immature, not to mention angry confused and psychotic.
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You helped put the golden keys in my hand and I threw them away without even knowing what I was doing.
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My life has never recovered career-wise since then, and I’ve been through a lot of therapy and soul searching to be able to deal with that failure. Especially seeing all the other people I worked with at the time (Adam, Jimmy, Carson) go on to take those golden keys and open real doors and have great careers.
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I applaud them (especially Adam and Jimmy) for being able to really own their opportunities and make it. I’m not jealous of them and never have been…just sad that I couldn’t get over all the crap that was on my head and walk through the open doors myself.
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But, that is the past…the present is a wonderful thing to be alive in and even though I didn’t make it…yet…lol…I have to let you know that your help and encouragement in those days made a difference in my life for the positive today.
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You are a very talented thinker and good human. You’ve left a great footprint everywhere you’ve walked and I’m very proud to have been in your company for a while.
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I don’t know if I read the interwebs correctly, but I think you’re doing on-air in a morning show somewhere?…that’s awesome! I’m sure you’re kicking ass in front of the mic.
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I’m having a great time too right now…a bit of a transition for me…(long story) but the fun stuff is my new comedy duo TacoBunny (www.tacobunny.com if you’re bored) I have a fantastic female partner and I get to do what I do best…write f—ed up songs about stuff…:)
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anyhoo…I hope whatever you’re doing you’re enjoying your life and feel a great sense of pride for the good you have done. thank you for everything you’ve done for me.
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peace4u
Count Boogie
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p.s…I talked to Dr. Demento a couple weeks ago (e mail) that old fart is still doin’ his thing on the web…another legend in my life.

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One Response to Life Lessons

  1. meaghan says:

    This goes to show that what really counts in life is not money or accomplishments, but the way you show love and generosity to others. That is what we will be remembered for.

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