From the emails, voice mails and other sources:
In fact, they answered the call from a company filming a documentary, directed by Ron Howard, on The Beatles’ concerts. They went to the park at 1:30 p.m. that day for their brush with fame.
“Our interview was at 1:30, but it ran late also,” Riggs wrote to me in an email. “Was I nervous? Yes. They (White Horse, the production company) gave us an idea what they would ask you, but when you’re put on the spot, sometimes you just kind of freeze up. They just wanted to know what it was like then compared to now. They also interviewed my daughter and her friend.”
Now, they get to wait until the documentary debuts – there’s no release date yet – to see if they survived the editing process and will have their moments of fame.
As for the show later that night ...
“The concert was amazing, the crowd very enthusiastic, and it was awesome,” Riggs wrote. “I’ve never heard so many people all singing at once. Even Sir Paul stopped singing so he could hear the crowd sing.”
And like everyone else who attended, they spent hours stuck in traffic trying to get back to their hotel.
Since I mentioned them in March, they have completed the filing process to become a nonprofit, meaning any donations coming their way are now tax deductible. With hay now at $17 a bale and higher, the cost associated with helping the animals is significant.
Visit their website at http://autumnreinequinerescue.org.
That seemed way too soon to the family of Phillip and Kathy Ranzo. The Ranzos were murdered in their Modesto home by Spears in a 1979 crime that sent him and three others to prison. At his 2011 parole hearing, commissioners gave Spears seven more years before he could try again. But he filed earlier this year for the early hearing and was granted the date.
As it turns out, he’s not eligible for the early hearing until 2016, the family and Stanislaus County Deputy District Attorney Beth O’Hara DeJong said.
“Only because of the vigilance of the family was this caught,” she said.
One of the others convicted in the case, Darren Lee, also has applied for an early hearing, though his request hasn’t been approved and no date has been set. His most recent hearing came at Vacaville in January 2012.
“Got treated like a Rock Star for days, everyone wanted photos with me, and YES I’ll be back,” McKechnie emailed.