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1 Minute (or more) Interview with Larry James
NOTE: You are listening to a 7 minute, 55 second audio of Larry's 1966 disc jockey air-check from WPGC, Washington, D.C.
Larry used the name "Dean Griffith" while at WPGC. If you do not hear it, you will need to have
Windows Media Player 9 installed or if you have a MAC OS X you can download Flip4Mac WMV.
Many of you have written wanting to ask specific, non-relationship related questions of
Larry James. You have questions? He has candid answers! This is your opportunity to get "up close and
personal." Send e-mail to Larry James.
P.S. I really "do" have a life before and beyond my work as a professional speaker, relationship
author, coach & Award Winning Wedding Officiant! Thought you might like to sneak a peek at it. I'm always happy to answer your questions.
Where are you from? While in high school I listened a really great
disc jockey whose name was Larry James. I was a member of his fan club and ran across my fan club card while
cleaning out a drawer recently. He worked at KEWI in Topeka, Kansas. He had a great sense of humor.
Is that you?
That's me! Thanks for your kind comments and for remembering. I was Music Director and
a deejay at Big KeeWee (KEWI) from 1960 to 1972. There were 2,600 members of my
fan club. We use to have
special events, (e.g., free movies, etc.) for the members. We also took about 350 kids on a special chartered 4-car Santa Fe
train to see the Beatles in their memorable 1963 Kansas City appearance at Kansas City Municipal Stadium. What a memory!
I was a disc jockey at WPGC, Washington, D.C. in 1966. I used the name "Dean Griffith" (Big-Ol-Fat-Ol-Dino) on the radio. By the way I was NOT fat! It was just a gimmick.
If you don't mind me asking, how old are you? I've heard that you
are in your sixties. I have a bet that you are in your late 40's. Who wins?
Flattery will get you everywhere! ;-)  Sorry. . . you lose!
Let me think a minute. . . I was born before television, penicillin, polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, contact lenses,
frisbees and the pill. There was no radar, credit cards, e-mail, cell phones, social media, laser beams or ball-point pens. Man had not invented pantyhose,
air conditioners, dishwashers, clothes dryers, (the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air) and man hadn't yet
walked on the moon. I never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CDs, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings.
I listened to the big bands, Jack Benny, and the President's speeches on our radios. Pizza Hut, McDonald's, and instant
coffee were unheard of. Ice cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all a nickel. I could
spend a nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards. You could buy a new Chevy Coupe for $600, but who
could afford one? Too bad, because gas was about 19 cents a gallon. In my day, 'grass' was mowed, 'coke' was a cold drink,
'pot' was something my mother cooked in, and 'rock music' was my grandmother's lullaby. 'Aids' were helpers in the
Principal's office, 'chip' meant a piece of wood, 'hardware' was found in a hardware store, and 'software' wasn't
even a word.
Hmmmm! You tell me.
My birthday is on June 6th. (P.S. The picture on this page was taken in 2006). Handsome dude, eh?
I know this is silly, but what is your favorite ice cream?
I'm partial to butter pecan and strawberry.
Dreyer's Ice Cream, of course.
I love green, the color of money! What's your most favorite color?
Overall. . . I like blue the best.
What does a speaker and author do when they are not
speaking and writing?
I love jazz. I enjoy living in Scottsdale, AZ where the weather is always great - although a little hot in the summer (see photo below) - and
there is always a wide selection of jazz musicians from which to choose. Many of the concerts are outdoors.
I'm a big Dave Koz and Kenny G fan.
I also like to read non-fiction books. I've listed many of my favorites in
Larry's Book Store.
Oh, yes. . . one more thing. I've discovered that chewing bubble gum makes me feel young! LOL Double Bubble® is my favorite. (Watch out for those fillings!)
How do you stand the heat in Arizona?
Well. . . we don't have much luck buying ice cream from the ice cream truck! ( LOL ) Smart people go in where the air conditioning is.
On the other hand, in the desert, we do Christmas differently. The winter grass is growing, the palms swaying are in the breeze. We decorate our houses and the cacti
in our desert yards with chile pepper lights while wearing our t-shirts and shorts. We also drive around town looking at the Christmas lights in our convertibles with the top down.
The highest honor awarded by the Commonwealth of Kentucky is that of Kentucky Colonel.
Commissions for Kentucky Colonels are given by the Governor and the
Secretary of State to individuals in recognition of noteworthy
accomplishments and outstanding service to a community, state or the nation.
Larry James was honored with the title of Kentucky Colonel by the Honorable Governor
Bert T. Combs in 1963.
A list of Kentucky Colonels is a Who's Who of outstanding men and women
around the world. The certificate, signed by the Governor and the Secretary
of State and bearing the Great Seal of Kentucky, has hung on the walls of
such distinguished leaders such as Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Ronald Reagan, and English Prime
Minister Winston Churchill. For a list of Celebrity Kentucky Colonels, click here.
Larry will answer more questions when you are curious enough to ask them. Send your questions by e-mail. - Stay tuned.