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July 28, 2014

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It’s (not) the great Stu Miller, Charlie Brown

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It was a windy day at Stu Miller’s pumpkin patch on Sunset Road in Henderson.

NOW

Regardless of how long I live, I will never grow weary of Alice Cooper's "From the Inside" concept album of 1978 or E-mails such as this one, from a regular E-mailer named James (though the name in his address says "Ken.")

Ron, I was driving past Sunset Station this morning and noticed Stu Miller's Pumpkin Patch. I'm not sure if it's THE Stu Miller, but I did see, off in the distance, a little old man being blown off a hay bale.

"The nice part is, it's at least possible that a retired ballplayer from the '60s could have a second career after leaving the sport. I doubt we'll ever see Derek Jeter or A-Rod selling pumpkins and pony rides.

I don't think it is the real Stu Miller, the old 5-foot-9, 165-pound relief pitcher who was sort of blown off the mound in the first of two 1961 All-Star Games at Candlestick Park, because research shows the real Stu Miller is now 81 and spends his time doing crossword puzzles and signing glossy photographs of Mickey Mantle, to whom he served up career home run No. 500.

Although, I suppose it could be argued, the Stu Miller who owns the pumpkin patch is the real Stu Miller, at least to those who work for him.

THEN

"I appreciate an audience that reacts to the music. Even if they jump on stage and try to beat us up, I think that's a fantastic reaction. I think that they're really hearing something then." -- Alice Cooper

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