In April of 1987 the band was on its first tour of the West Coast. We played in San Luis Obispo on the 5th of April and were driving to Chico for a show on the 8th. Somewhere north of Sacramento on I-5 we passed a sign that showed how far the distance was to Redding, CA.
I began thinking…..I have heard of Redding before but how/when? Ah, I remembered after a moment of reflection. A girl, Heather, who had been in my fourth grade class in Durham, NC was from Redding originally. Her dad was a professor who had gotten a job at Duke, so he moved his family from California to Durham and his daughter and I ended up in the same classroom at Fayetteville Street Elementary. I had a crush on this girl, but she didn’t seem at all interested in me, so after the school year was over I never gave her another thought nor saw her again as our family then moved to Macon, GA.
So after 17 or 18 years I found myself thinking about the little blond haired girl in my fourth grade class on whom I once had a crush. That one small detail that stuck in my head all those years and jogged my memory, that Heather was from Redding, led to an unbelievably weird coincidence.
The very same day that Heather re-entered my consciousness The Connells played the show in Chico. I don’t remember much about the performance other than that not too many people showed up. After the show a few people were milling around and I saw George Huntley talking to a young lady. He waved me over and said “David, there’s someone you need to meet. She used to live in Durham”.
PS After speaking with Heather I found out that she was not from Chico but was visiting a friend and ended up at the show. She didn’t know anything about the band, she didn’t know we were from NC, and she had no memory of me at all.