It's was a year ago today we lost our good friend and fellow Wheezer Neil Sterett.
This photo is from our last year at Hilhi back in '73. You'll never be forgotten my friend! For some more Neil, check out our The Wheezer Society video gallery
Jimmy Dean probably never heard of Stu Martin, or Stu's famous product, inspired by Jimmy Dean's sausage empire, Stu Martin's Pure Pork Sausage Wedges. Newscaster and Spokesperson Neil Sterett will tell you all about it....
It seems that dealing with the death of a close friend makes you somewhat nostalgic. I've been reviewing some of artwork produced by neil, Steve and myself back in the No-Jive Comix days (pretty much anything pre-1985). He's a sample from sitting in Mr Richard's psychology class back at Hilhi in 1973.
I will find some more stuff from Neil to share.
As Jay mentioned so eloquently as few days ago, Wheezer Society member, frequent contributor and good friend Neil Sterett passed away last Monday. The Wheezers were lucky enough to have know Neil since we were around 16 years old. Almost 40 years.
Besides all the other things we have in common, everyone could agree that could make us laugh. And I don't mean chuckle. I mean Neil could get us laughing so hard where we'd run out of breath and start choking and wheezing (hence, The Wheezer Society). Whether it was a comment on his latest run in with a Best Buy employee, or the non-PC joke about the latest disaster, Neil's unique observations and view of the world could have anyone of us in wheezing in an instant.
Around Thanksgiving a few years back, Jay wrote, "After reading some of your recent mail, let me say belatedly, that I have always bragged over the years about my acquaintance with you Gentlemen, whether it be about Steve's artistic abilities, Kneel's art and acid humor, Scott acting and drawing, Mike's acting/directing, Tom's driving (!), Byers' photography, Phillips' humor, et-al...it has been nothing but a pleasure knowing you all."
Neil quickly responded, "That is very well said Jay. I hope all of you will have a fun Thanksgiving and that your white meat gets along with your dark meat this year. It would be great to all get together prior to Christmas. Again Jay, a very fine way to put in to words what we all feel about our hideously talented crew of assassins." Only could Neil could bring us back to earth from Jay's caring sentiments.
Over the next few months, as the impact of losing Neil becomes more real, all of us will be sharing our thoughts, remembrances, photos, videos and illustrations. Because our friendships have endured all these years (as Neil called it a "rubber band of brothers") in sharing, we remain a group. Even though Neil can't be here in body, he's definitely here in spirit.