back 36 years ago I had a record store in
called The Vinyl Frontier ( hey, I liked Star Trek ) and one
afternoon as I sat in the store listening to Ziggy Stardust,
in walked a rather large guy in a blue plaid shirt, jeans, and
combat boots with longhair in all his menacing glory came
walking up to my counter.
featured lots of
That was my first meeting with Shawn McLaughlin, a local 15 year
old kid that road around in an old Chevy that was appropriately
nick named, The Death Mobile! A no frills about it in any way Chevy that even the junkyard would have probably refused to take in!
He had a face and attitude that made you think you were going to be punched at any second, but once you started talking it was apparent that he was very well read, very intelligent, and pretty good guy. ( unless he had a bunch of beers in him then all bets were off!! Ha! Ha! )
Now don't get me wrong, he could be a wise ass too but only really
if he was being provoked or if he just didn't like you.. lol
Anyway, to make a long story short we hit it of pretty well. Nine
years later I decided to put on my first convention and Shawn was
there ready to take it on with me and a few other close friends. He had been there since. He has always been loyal, a major help with the show, and a brutally honest person.
got him and what he was about. Sometimes he did have some demons arise, but don't we all!
Last week when talking to some Chiller people that were concerned about his health and his Diabetes, he told them he was more concerned how I was doing and if I was getting the treatment I needed! That's the kind of guy he was!! Right up to the end! I miss him already and wish he was still going to be along for the ride! A great friend, brother, helper, confidant, and
as humane as one can get!!