Purple Ink Is Only In Pomona
Back when I was young, and running the national fan club for the kind of square guy and collecting dues and writing letters to fans and sending out newsletters I'd had to dream up from the scant bit of information I would receive from the artist in question .... I had to put out those newsletters in purple mimeograph format ... type them up manually on this purple wax sheet ... and have my dad or sister drive me all the way to Pomona to use a mimeograph machine there, and pay for copies, as they wouldn't let me use the one more conveniently located in my junior high school, not for love nor money ... and as time went on, I grew more creative to fill in space on the white page, so I would veer a bit but in so doing lapse from my fan-clubby duty and I would insert jokes or commentaries as the news thinned ... and I would sometimes include a drawing, which I had to etch in with a razor tip stylus, and one was of a beatnik who looked like "Maynard". All of this alarmed the artist in question, because I had to send him or his mom, a copy of the newsletter and I was eventually relieved of my Presidential status and had to turn the mimeograph machine back in. In the meantime, though, I secretly made a comic book of some of our adventures around town (I mean me and my friends, not me and the artist, and not me and Frank). All of which will take us eventually to Gold Bond Stamps, and musician's photographs on stamps, which was used on the back of one of Beefheart's first albums. All I'm saying is, I was in propinquity at the time and some people might appreciate knowing where some of these ideas might have come from. Their origins.