I am not a Flaming Lips groupie. But I will readily admit that by and large, I like their music. The songs I like best put me in a good mood – and that, in my mind, is a good thing. And then there is the lead singer, Wayne Coyne, who may be a bit unusual at times, but he absolutely loves his hometown. And he’s been a true urban pioneer, not just sticking it out in Classen-10-Penn, but he’s brought life and vitality to it and helped in the revival of the nearby 16th Street Plaza District.
And then there are moments like this that really make me smile:
Now, what do we know about this photo? We know that it was taken outside the Skirvin tonight by local attorney Josh Welch, a buddy of Coyne. In posting the photo, Welch said it was taken while they were on their way to the WWE wrestling at the Chesapeake Arena.
Richard Dreyfuss is one of my favorite actors, going back to American Graffiti. I was one of 10 people who watched his television show, “The Education of Max Bickford” (a really good show about Dreyfuss as a college professor). So to have this photo… I begin to dream up favorite scenarios. I picture Dreyfuss and Coyne walking across the street and giving a ’60-style pep talk to the Occupy OKC crowd at Kerr Park. Or I imagine a “Dinner for Five” style chat in which the pair share stories about their craft. Or they simply walk over to the arena together, buy a couple of COOP Ales and watch the wrestlers go nuts in the ring.
UPDATE: I am informed via Twitter by Liz Welch that Dreyfuss did indeed go to the WWE with her husband, kids and Coyne. I’m a happy guy.
I don’t really want to hear what really happened. Reality is far to drab these days. Let me have my dreams …
YET ANOTHER UPDATE: Now we know why Dreyfuss was in town.