Time Line of Important Events in the Life of Jim
1972 Music Man / w Bill Setchfield Nova Middle
School Chorus / teacher: Allen Hill.
1974 Allen Hill approaches me with offer of
great fun and unparalleled life achievement
if I simply join the performing arts program
as a stage tech. “Even stage techs must take
voice lessons,” says Allen. I begin my long
relationship with the abyss.
1975 Begin performing 5 nights per week The
Millionaires Club, Miami. Tommy Yianilos forces
me to start smoking cigarettes. Caron Conway
offers me private driving instruction. I accept.
Michael Gregory uses portable wooden floor and
dances for me on his front porch. I know immediately
that something really big or really weird is
in the making.
1976 Begin performing 6 nights per week. Purchase
1966 Cadillac Sedan DeVille with trunk big enough
for Tom Yianilos, Billy Yianilos and Scott Plank
1977 see 1976!
1978 Dames at Sea with the Buff. Graduate Nova
High School. Berklee College of Music, Boston.
1200 male students + 18 female students = celibacy.
I remember eating lots of tomato sandwiches,
hanging out in the dorm.
1979 See 1978
1998 After 20 years of touring the world trying
to get people to laugh and then listen to me
sing, I settled in Naples, Florida with my talented
and beautiful wife Jane and my three extraordinary
children, James, Emma and Charles (Charlie).
I have a long term contract with a restaurant
and lounge where I continue to do my show 6
nights per week. Two years ago I was made a
partner in JDR Productions, a well-established
entertainment production company and booking
agency located in Naples, Florida. My title
is Executive Director of Production and Marketing.
We spend most of our time creating, selling
and producing industrial musical extravaganzas
and concert events but we are also quite active
in artist management and entertainment marketing
I have left out the mention of several people
in the time line above who were a great part
of my life, my happiness and my success. Each
of you knows who you are. Please know I have
|I joined Performing Arts officially
in whatever year we did Hard Knock Life. Those
of you who thought it was earlier need to know
that I hid away on the busses for years and pretended
to be a part of the tech crew.
I performed in HKL, Dames, This is the Biz,
Surf Club Follies, George M, Something for Everyone
and the Energy Source. I am sure Allen dragged
some of us to other presentations in places
like condo's and dinner shows because I see
no mention of those days at all in the History.
Maybe I dreamed it all.
I started playing in various nightclubs around
town and began faltering in my PA duties. I
distinctly remember Allen pulling me aside to
tell me that the clubs were making me look like
shit and he needed my attention if I planned
to participate in the school. I took some time
off to study for the SAT's in order to be accepted
to a University (I had doubts as to the correspondence
schools weight in college acceptance.)
I left AFPA in 1978 to attend Boston Conservatory
of Music at the ripe old age of 16. I worked
in various nightclubs for tuition and housing
and after two years of burning at both ends,
returned to Florida shy of a degree and a personal
life. While continuing my education I met and
married a rock and roll drummer with whom I
produced three children. Ian Scott and Jordan
Philip, twin boys now 14 years old, and Kaitlyn
Patricia, my baby girl now10.
While becoming involved in law enforcement
wasn't expected, it seemed like the right thing
for me (steady income and health insurance)
and I put forth the usual amount of effort moving
up the ladder so to speak. In 1988 I divorced
and moved my family from Broward to Dade County,
changing jobs along the way. I found a soul
mate in my new town and married Jim Murray a
few days before Christmas in 1989. Together
we have adopted three beautiful children John
Joseph (Jack) 5, James Michael 4, and Patrick
I lost my father to emphysema on his birthday
a year ago and hold onto my mother, 72 and going
strong, like nobody's business. I attend Barry
University and am working on my goal, a Master
of Public Administration degree so that I can
say that I finished something in my life before
I die. I love my friends and am so blessed to
have been reunited with my comrades of old and
have made many new friends that will last a
|Linda married our own Bruce Saver
(also of P.A.) in 1982.
They have a beautiful daughter who is 7 named
Laura. At two years old she had open heart surgery,
but is fine now. She is a real good singer and
she has great pitch (That's great musical tone
for those sports fans).
Linda went to the University of Miami in 1979
and graduated with a double degree in Music
Therapy and Music Education. In 1983 she went
back to receive her M.A. in Music from U of
She taught middle school for one year, and
the assistant principal was Mr. Jarred from
Nova, small world. She taught 10 years as the
music teacher at Western High School, and has
taught music the last 7 years at Indian Trace
Elementary where our daughter goes.
A Note From Bruce: Linda helped to start St.
Bonaventure Church and was the Music Director
for their first 10 years, with an adult and
childrens choir.. She has a beautiful voice,
and you should here her play the flute! She
is a great wife and mother to our daughter,
and in this world she is, The Music that makes
|David is the TV critic for the
New York Daily News. He has written 2 books: Teleliteracy:
Taking Television Seriously, and The Dictionary
|I have been in outside sales for
more than five years and have recently started
my own company. - Buffi's Automotive and Equipment
Supply Co., Inc. I sell all of the equipment and
supplies needed inside of service centers and
body shops in order to repair your vehicle. Everything
from paint booths to lifts, sand blasters, solvent
recyclers, and just about anything else they might
My primary customers are the large car dealerships.
The market where I live is awesome andthe success
I've already experienced has been beyond my
Overall, my life is awesome with the most wonderful
husband on earth (Bob), kids Alexandra 'Alex'
(12 1/2), and Andrew (10). Both of them are
smart, funny, and most of all... kind. I don't
have want for a single thing on earth. Life
|Work In Progress
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