Tommy Can You Hear Me?

Yesterday I told the story of how WTIT got our jingles. Michael J., whose past includes WTIT (and a great friend that graduated from Emerson with me) shared a story about my freshman roommate. His name was Renny Cohen. Instead of asking you to read Michael’s comment I’ll share it here:

“Whatever happened to him? I only remember a few things about him.
1) He was a nice guy but the messiest person I had ever met. Your dorm room was quite memorable in that regard.
2) He had a girlfriend who provided me with an indelible image and an expression I occasionally use to this day.

On point number two, I happened to be in your room when the girlfriend showed up to spend the weekend. As you and I talked, she matter-of-factly opened up a satchel and began pulling out a variety of birth control devices, slinky nightgowns, sex toys, and other apparatus whose purpose was unknown to me. She methodically proceeded to lay all the material out on Renny's rumpled, stained bed. As she saw me standing there, mouth probably agape, she smiled and explained simply, "It's my Instant-Action Hit Kit." As I say, the concept of an "Instant-Action Hit Kit" has stayed with me for almost four decades, although I have used the term in quite different situations. Renny, I'm sure, would be proud.”
The two funniest stories that I remember about Renny concern he and a friend named Frank who went to the Berkley School of Music. Frank, like Renny, was a great guy, but unlike Renny just leaving the room a mess, Frank seldom bathed. He would visit with Renny and sit/lie on my bed and oh my god when I got back did it stink. I came home one afternoon and the two were busily writing music. “Whatcha doing?” I asked. “We decided we’d be the next Beatles. We know all their songs and since they just broke up, we will step right in. See, Bud, we will take off where The Beatles left off.” Oh. Simple enough. How does one respond to that? “I’ve seen all of Monet’s paintings, so now I’ll paint like him. We will all be rich!”

One night a few months later I came home to the two of the lying on the floor listening to “Tommy” the rock opera by The Who. “Watcha doing?” I asked. “We’re really blasted and we are writing an animated version of Tommy! Oh Frank, I see a blue sky and a rainbow…”

Even though I told Michael J. that I spoke to Renny a few years ago, I couldn’t remember what he was doing. I googled him today and found out he has a music gig coming up (where the picture above is from) and he has produced shows for the Food Network and is credited with a lot of music. No, he ain’t the Beatles, but it seems he’s doing well.

 

12 comments:

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

Okay, I got stuck on the gal with all the toys. Just saying. Yikes. Plain scary. Instant-Action Hit Kit! Yikes. Thanks for the laughs Bud. Have a great HUMP day. :)

"MoodyBlue" Jodi said...

Bud - You seem to have known such funny people & have great stories.

I would have called it "Satchel O'Fun".

Happy Hump Day! Time for me to get some shut eye :)

Dawn said...

I have to agree with Sandee... I sort of got stuck on the Instant-Action Hit Kit... but in all fairness I did check out Renny's site :)

Bond said...

Checked out his site, but the important google was the old girlfriend to see if she still comes prepared...

Bud Weiser, WTIT said...

Sandee-
"Yikes" - is an understatement!

Bud Weiser, WTIT said...

Jodi-
I seem to attract "funny" people.

Bud Weiser, WTIT said...

Dawn-
Are you planning to go to his advertised gig last May?

Bud Weiser, WTIT said...

Vinny-
He dropped out of school to marry her. When I spoke to him (probably five years ago) he was on wife #3. What her action hit kit contained never came up...

"MoodyBlue" Jodi said...

Hi Bud!! I'm SOOO interested in your answers...participate if you would like to...if not, I completely understand.

I wanted you to know that you've been Tagged!! Come visit my blog, it is under the "I've Been Tagged, Maybe You Have Too" post for Wednesday, Aug 13th.

Bud Weiser, WTIT said...

Jodi-
I will do the meme. It may be ugly...

Mimi Lenox said...

It sounds so funny when we say we "google someone" but like the others am intrigued with the Action Kit. He married her and apparently did not enjoy it. Or perhaps, he just got tired of the same old negligee...

Bud Weiser, WTIT said...

Mimi-
Or someone else's "hit kit"...