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Runt grows up Hot Toddy – May 1973

Read the full article on page 50 in the May 1973 1973 issue of Rock Scene magazine

Intersection 1972 featuring Todd Rundgren & Wolfman Jack

This is an experimental film that was made while I was an undergraduate at the UCLA Film School in the early 1970s.  My Marin County partners in crime, Jessica Roth and Bruce McCauley, brought the vision of this era into reality…they lived it!  I regret Bruce died before the invention of UTUBE.  This film was even made before MTV…image that!  Nobody was combining motion picture film with rock and roll for theatrical release in those days. ” Shorts” were the little pictures that were seen in-between the feature films.  We were dismissed as CRAZY invaders from San Francisco by our LA colleagues.  The audio was made for quad-theaters (very hot in 1972) and thus takes some work to reduce 35 separate audio tracks into this format.  It was mono in the car and blasts to quad when Wolfman or Todd hits the screen.  We did a fantasy reveal on Wolfman in this short…due to the fact that very few people had ever seen him.  Lucas had not released his vision of 4th Street in San Rafael just yet.  For me and millions of other nocturnal radio listeners Wolfman was a nightly mystery of rock and roll interspersed with all kinds of babble and humor…so this is how we shared him.  Todd composed his song “Wolfman Jack” that honors and gives praise the number one crazy cat alive!  Someone tweeted that Todd played this for this 60th birthday party which had to be really fun for those lucky ones on Kauai. This short is about 4 solitary guys spinning around in Los Angeles at a very creative time, the 1970s.  Each one is at the top of their game and the games are quite different.  George and Ms. Bobby are two lonely souls heading into the sunset…. on Sunset Blvd….listening to the radio. They collide on the boulevard. George Jennings (driver) lived in Oakland and drove for the transit company.  He is in search of a party.  Ms. Bobby (sweet hitch hiker) is heading for the Chateau Marmount Hotel.  She played the 70’s rock groupie to a tee during this collision of souls.  In reality she was part of a San Francisco midnight theater group of entertainers, The Cockettes.  No one has ever pickup on the fact that Ms. Bobbi was such a terrific LGBT actor…I think it is important to share this now to let you know of our support for the cause decades ago. I do wish you could have seen this on the big screen with quad audio.  It just wasn’t in the cards for me.   Rob Skelton Enough for now…enjoy the history and fun.   (Youtube / © DBMc Inc.) 

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