Ralph Mathey 
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Re: “In the early '70s, Kansas City was young, high and horny, and everyone went to the Ballroom

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I remember you Devin. I owned the Genuine Article at 39th and Main which was a retail store from 1968 until 1975. We continued to use that name until 2005 for our wholesale jewelry business. Your mother, Susan Sells, worked at Genuine Article for a while and then left to go to Tennessee where she married David Marrow. Once they came back to Kansas City she worked, again, at Genuine Article for another 2 maybe 3 years. She's a great person and was a great employee and everyone loved her laugh and smile. I knew Steve Mitchell. He lived about 1 1/2 blocks east of the Genuine Articel on 39th street on the second floor of what became the Fish & Chips place. He was tall with at light complection. He had long thinning blond hair. He was a frequent customer at the Genuine Article and I knew that he was the father of Susan's son. You. There were several occasions where we had problems with some people and we called on him to come and help us deal with them. At the time I knew him I was renting a house on Troost. It was called "Troost House" (now a church parking lot) on occasion he would come over and visit us at that house. I think that we had about 9 people living there at the time, one group of which was the band "Tank" who had come to Kansas City from Cleveland. I am still in communication with Robert Leonard (Bob) who was the lead man from that band. There were a couple of guys from that band (all now dead except Bob) that were good friends with Steve. I am not certain who his other friends were. It might be worth trying to contact Chuck Boyd (now living in Canada) Or Bill Rublee (Dallas) they may know somebody who has more information. Rhonda Dixon who lives in Eureka Springs, AR. might be able to give you some information. Vivian, my wife, knew Steve and remembers having a number of conversations with him, but doesn't know what ever happened to him. As I remember Steve Mitchell left Kansas City about 1970. I have a lot of photos from the "olden" days but I don't remember seeing any with Steve in them. There are some photos I have with your mother in them.
Ralph Mathey
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Posted by Ralph Mathey on 03/30/2014 at 7:47 PM

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