This one’s personal. I met Terry Knight when I was 11. I was traveling alone on a plane from Cleveland to New York just after Thanksgiving 1972. I wasn’t too happy about heading back to boarding school and Terry and his beautiful Swedish girlfriend Pia invited me to sit between them. We played cards and talked and they really cheered me up. He told me that he managed Grand Funk Railroad, which at the time was one of the biggest bands around. We exchanged addresses and about a week later I got a box of Lps, cool T-shirts and other band swag. That Christmas and for the next three Christmas’s Pia and Terry and I exchanged cards. Much later I found this and his other records with Terry and the Pack. I read recently all about his falling out with Grand Funk, his failed attempts to cash in, his panned comeback with Mom’s Apple Pie, (a recalled cover that’s destined to be posted on Lp Cover Lover), and finally his descent into drugs before he got into a fight with his daughter and was killed by her boyfriend in 2004. At the time of my brief encounter, he was on top of the world with eight gold records. To me, he was just a really nice guy who went out of his way to cheer up a sad and lonely kid. I wonder how Pia is today.