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Thu., Feb. 9, 2006, 12:49 p.m.

HBO — to Radio Pioneer John Rook

"Of course I have a special attraction to anything about Eddie Cochran. After all these years I find so few in this country who even know his name...let alone his music. Because I was Eddie's pal in the 50's I still get regular communication from England and many parts of Europe. Had he lived, he would have made many contributions. Eddie was a brilliant musician, a great performer and had much to do with the explosion of the "British invasion" of the 60's. So many of those who came to the forefront then told me how much Eddie effected their career. I think of him almost daily and cherish those times we "ran across" southern California as teenagers. Neither of us then realized how much our efforts then would still be recognized 50 years later. ... Hey Oliveria...thanks for bringing up a subject that brings about memories of some great times" -- John Rook.

DFO: John, you should reminisce more often about your contacts with the music industry's greats, either on your blog (yeah, I know you have the online book) or here. I find your reflections among the most interesting HBO posts.

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.