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To all who love the theatre organ, and especially Mighty Mo at the Atlanta Fox:

There have been some comments, statement and, written reaction to a video production that was recently released on the great Moller organ, and other items erroneously indicating I am now the organist at the Atlanta Fox Theatre. This is NOT the case whatsoever.

The ATOS 2014 Board of Directors election results are in and can be seen in the attached document by Bob Evans.

Here are the results of the 2014 ATOS Board Election:
 
Total ballots received – 1013.
Results per nominee as they appeared on the ballot
 
Denise Andersen   -  742 (Elected-3 year term)
John Fuhrmann  -  301
John Ledwon  -  569 (Elected-2 year term to serve remainder of Larry Fenner’s term)
John Nelson  -  438
Don Phipps  -  570 (Elected-3 year term)
Donald Rankin IV  -  712 (Elected-3 year term)
Mark Renwick  -  555
 
 

Jelani Eddington featured on Gizmodo

Jelani Eddington was featured on a post on Gizmodo's Sploid. You can see the feature and comments here.

ATOS is pleased to offer the 5th Annual Technical Experience for participants 18 years of age and older. The ATOS Techincal experience is a one-week seminar that provides hands-on training for anyone interested in the technical aspects of the theatre organ. The experience covers a variety of subjects ranging from moving about an organ chamber, care of pipes, tuning, blower control, winding fundamentals, chest restoration and much more.

Mar 3
TO Radio is up and alive. There was a problem with the DJ software being used to schedule the music. Its database became corrupted and needed to be rebuilt. Because of all the Shoutcast problems we experienced, we looked at a lot of other issues before checking this one. But we got it. Do accept our apologies, and don't hesitate to email us whenever you are not getting a signal.

Mar 2 1pm EST
We are receiving reports that TO Radio is down. We are looking into it now, and will post here when we discover the issue. Sorry.

Feb 18th 10pm EST

Closing Chord: Doris Stovall
Doris Stovall with Embassy Theatre usher at theatres 75th anniversary celebration

Doris Edwards Stovall (1934-2014)

As a General Manager of a major theatre, she might have been the best friend ATOS and a great theatre organ ever had.

Doris Edwards Stovall, former general manager of the Pasadena Civic Auditorium and the Embassy Theatre in Fort Wayne, IN, passed away in Snellville, GA on February 1, 2014. She was 79.

A Georgia native, she never lost that famous Southern charm. She was graduated from Toccoa High School in 1951, and the Harrison Draughon School of Commerce in 1953.

Lakeside High School of the Ashtabula Area City School District is located in Ashtabula, Ohio and opened
in 2006. The campus consists of High School, Junior High School, Performing Arts Center and an Athletic
complex. With enrollment of 1100 students, Lakeside High is the largest high school in Ashtabula
County. With a three member administrative team and a dedicated staff of professional educators, the
bar continues to be raised to ensure a tradition of excellence for the students and alumni of Lakeside

Jeff Barker

(from Garden State Theatre Organ Society page at http://www.gstos.org/Jeff_Barker.htm)

We are sad to report that local theatre organist Jeff Barker passed away suddenly on December 31, 2013.

Closing Chord: Robert F. Mertz

Despite his quiet and genteel nature coupled with the fact that he was a relative “late-comer” to the world of the theatre organ, Lafayette, IN native Robert F. (Bob) Mertz, who passed away November 24, 2013, had a major impact in the theatre organ world in a short period of time. He was 89 years old.

As I write, I am wrapping up yet another batch of travel. Spent my birthday, Nov. 6, flying to LA for meetings there. The 10th, off to New Zealand for two concert dates, providing some “pinch-hitting” for Rob Richards and Alex Zsolt who had to beg forgiveness and ask for a postponed date as Rob had urgent matters pop up.

So the amiable James Duncan put in the call, and off we go.
James is amazing. An official with the Tram line in Auckland, he enjoys old transportation, music of jazz bands of the 20’s and 30’s, and of course the mighty theatre organ.