12th Birthday February 29, 1984 South Florida
In 1984 Leap Year fell on a Wednesday. Following are some of the notes from my diary: Party at Mike McCarroll’s house on Tuesday February 28--Bill G gave me a framed posted of “La Cage Aux Folles” the last show we saw together (which I still have in 2020!) John Connolly came in from St. Louis and Buddy Vest from NYC. Buddy played Zach in the touring company and was responsible for me and Dr. K seeing the show in NYC on September 29, 1983 when it became the longest running show in Broadway’s history and became the most exciting performance I ever saw in a theatre!
I don’t believe I wrote the following but it is my handwriting and I had been sober for 3 years by then: too much food--3 cakes!
The next evening Thursday February 29 I gave a party at Bobby Rubbino’s Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale for the crew at Wag’s where I was working--as a surprise Shirley, Mike’s mother, came into town and joined us--the next evening we took her to La Vielle Masson--an excellent French restaurant in Boca Raton.
Bob Schink, the ‘last’ Fuller Brush salesman’ in Broward county, was at all events and took a load of pictures but I don’t seem to have any except at Mike’s house.
For the record: all the restaurants I mentioned have closed but more importantly Mike, Buddy, Dr. K, Bob and Shirley plus some in the picture have died.