It's Not a Rumour

a rock and roll journey through life and Alzheimer's

Meant to be!

October 28, 2019
schyjer

How did I know that Rick was the one for me? I was very shy and quiet and didn’t date at all, I had one date in my whole life before Rick and I started going out. Which was a disaster. It was 1983 and one of my sisters fixed me up with a guy from her temple. He showed up in black pants and a white shirt and a yarmulke. I met him at the door in my Norma Kamali skirt and a shirt that I got from Flip on Melrose and bright red lipstick (it was the 80’s after all). We went to Old World Restaurant on Sunset right at Holloway which was the cool hang out for musician types and I was fearful that I would run into someone that I knew and be embarrassed.  After Old World we went and saw the movie “Flashdance” and we did run into people at the movies and I sunk down in my seat. I had nothing in common with this nice Jewish boy and we had absolutely nothing to talk about. At my parents door, he wanted a kiss and I said, no thanks, bye! That was my one and only date.

Rick and I would talk for hours. There wasn’t any flirting going on. It was just really good conversation. In fact it was weird when our friendship turned romantic.  I remember I was 17 years old and hating 11th grade at Fairfax High School so I ditched classes a lot.  I was working from 12:45-9:15 as a salesperson and later the night manager at Strouds Linen Warehouse on Crescent Heights and Beverly Blvd. I think that my sister said that a new place was opening and found me the job.

Attending classes was horrible, sorry Fairfax High School, it just wasn’t for me. The teachers were angry and all the other students were playing those horrible mind games that kids play in high school. I isolated myself from the few friends that I had and they weren’t interested in hanging out with me anyway. I remember once they asked me to go somewhere and when we got there they said thanks for the ride. It was mean.

1973 Superbeetle

I bought my sisters 1973 bright orange with yellow squiggly lines on it Volkswagen Superbeatle when I turned 16. My father hated that it was a Volkswagen. He always liked a Buudick (that’s a Buick with his accent). I would leave my parents apartment and drive to Deli Diner, on 3rd Street and George Burns near the Cedars Sinai Medical Buildings. I would order fresh squeezed orange juice and a lemon poppy seed muffin and Rick would drink coffee. We played the arcade games that they had there; Super Mario Bros. (where two people could play at one time), Mr. Do, Q*bert and later Marble Madness. We would hang out there and chat and play video games until I had to go to work and Rick would work on the band stuff or do his marketing research job. I would complain about my parents and school and he would tell me stories about his parents and hating school. I guess you could say that we were soul mates.

Outside In

October 21, 2019
schyjer

Well, the frenzy about who Demi took her surname from is over.

What I would like people to know is the person that Freddy (Rick) really is; a music fanatic, Beatle lover, wild man on stage, nerdy shy guy in person, incredibly brilliant songwriter who was a driven bandleader, artist and poet.

Because Freddy (Rick) is suffering from Alzheimer’s, he’s not able to tell his story. But before his decline, he wrote a memoir about his life and it’s an amazing story. We don’t know who the Freddy Moore, Demi portrays in her book is, or who the tabloids are talking about for 5 minutes of sensationalism, but it isn’t him.

If you are interested in what made Freddy the person he is, who had a photographic memory, read voraciously, was an incredible songwriter and lyricist, still is a loving, sensitive and sweet all around guy, and wonderful husband, then read his book when it comes out! You’ll discover the incredible human being he is and all the talents that he possessed.

I love my brother-in-law and will always stand by his side. I am always with Renee who has never given up and fights to preserve his memories and keep him as healthy as she can.  It’s a beautiful love story.

Sara

Sara and Renee young

sisters forever

Site Update: New Spotify Links

October 4, 2019
Shannon Guyton

Hello Freddy Moore music fans, happy Friday!

It’s Shannon here, co-author of Freddy Moore’s memoir, It’s Not a Rumour. I wanted to let you all know, in case you didn’t already, that some of Freddy’s most popular music with The Kats and Nu Kats are on Spotify. Some of your faves on Spotify include, “King of the Wild Frontier,” “California, Here I Come,” “It’s Not a Rumour,” “The Kats Theme Song” and “Can’t Have You.”

Enjoy the music!

 

To tabloids and exploitative magazines

September 26, 2019
schyjer

We have not seen the book, so can’t and won’t comment on any specifics. What I will say is that Rick and Demi were married a long time ago when both of their lives were very different. In the time since, they have both moved on to their own paths. Rick is, like too many others, struggling with the horrors of Alzheimer’s. Our thoughts and efforts are focused on his care. Before the disease progressed he did write his story, and at some point that will be shared in his own book. We see this as his, much as I’m sure Demi sees her book as her own.

Freddy’s performances – Acoustic Highball ~ September 04, 2010 & March 31, 2012

September 23, 2019
schyjer

 

Thanks for coming out to Acoustic Highball last night. It was a pleasure meeting you. Your husband is such a wonderful talent.

Thank you for helping me out on mixing in Dennis’ vocals as well.

Take care!

Joe

ACOUSTIC HIGHBALL

09/05/2010 6:51 am

Renee, thank you for sharing your husband with us at Acoustic Highball. I hope you and Freddy had a great time. It was very nice talking to you!

Joe

ACOUSTIC HIGHBALL

04/01/2012 9:37 am

I am not sure if you ever saw this video of Freddy’s performance with Acoustic Highball. It still gets viewed often and he was in strong form.

https://youtu.be/KbyV0Pf-vLQ

Renee, I remember the love you showed Freddy at our show. You were kind to share him with us…and I count him among the highlights I have of that time.

I pray for your heart to be filled with hope and love as you share your lives together!

Joe Servia

09/19/2019 6:59 pm

Walk Day Details

September 18, 2019
schyjer

Event Information

Time:
Registration at 9:00 am
Ceremony at 10:00 am
Walk at 10:30 am

Route Length: 2 miles

Location:
Tongva Park
1615 Ocean Ave Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Contact:
Brian Welch | 323-486-2821 | bwelch@alz.org

General Information

Where do the funds go?
All funds raised through Walk to End Alzheimer’s further the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. The Alzheimer’s Association is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Do I have to register in order to Walk?
Yes, we want to know you’re walking with us and need every walker to sign a standard waiver through their official registration. There is no registration fee for Walk. However, we ask every walker to make a personal donation and commit to raising funds in the fight against Alzheimer’s.

Do I need to register my children for Walk?
Yes, children should register. Parents/guardians can register children online or complete an offline registration form and sign the waiver on behalf of the child.

Does every walker get a T-shirt?
Every registered participant will receive a T-shirt after achieving the fundraising minimum of $100. Unless otherwise communicated, T-shirts will be available for pick up on Walk day.

How do I get my offline donations to show up on my personal fundraising Web page?
Donations can be made offline by submitting a check or money order by mail or hand-delivering to the local Alzheimer’s Association office. Be sure to include your offline donation form, which can be found in your Participant Center or on your fundraising Web page, to make sure you receive credit for the donation. Donations typically take 1-2 weeks to show up on your Web page.

Event Specifics

Registration opens – 9 am
Opening Ceremonies – 10 am
Walk Start – 10:30 am
Closing Ceremonies – 11:30 am

Directions to Tongva Park

Via the 10 Fwy Westbound

I-10 Fwy WEST, EXIT at 4th Street
Turn RIGHT onto 4th Street
Turn LEFT on Broadway Blvd.
Turn LEFT on 2nd Street
Continue onto Main Street

 Via 405 Fwy Southbound

I-405 Fwy SOUTH
Merge onto I-10 Fwy WEST
Turn RIGHT onto 4th Street
Turn LEFT on Broadway Blvd.
Turn LEFT on 2nd Street
Continue onto Main Street

Parking

Parking is available at various structures and streets around Tongva Park. The closest structures are Civic Lot and Structure 8 Public Parking. More information on those structures is below. For other parking options in Downtown Santa Monica visit the ParkMe website or download the ParkMe App. For participants requiring assistance there will be a drop off zone on Main Street in front of Tongva Park.

Civic Lot: Located on Main Street and 4th Street, Civic Lot is open 24 hours and charges a flat rate of $5 on Sunday. For more information about Civic Lot click here.

Structure 8 Public Parking: Located on Colorado Avenue and 2nd Street, Structure 8 is a short walk from Tongva Park. Lot is open 24 hours, is free from 8AM-11AM on Sunday and charges $1.25 for the first two hours thereafter, and $1.85 for each additional 30 minutes. For more information about Structure 8 click here.

Are pets, strollers, bicycles and skates allowed on Walk day?
We do allow strollers, but for everyone’s safety, we discourage skateboards, bicycles, inline skates and wheelie footwear. Depending on the Walk location rules, well-behaved dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash at all times.

What happens if it rains?
Walk is a rain or shine event. However, in the case of severe weather, we will cancel. If this is the case, we will update our Walk homepage on or before the morning of the event.

We need volunteers! Know anyone who might be interested in helping us on the day of the event?
We need volunteers to help with set-up, clean-up, registration, water stops, promise garden, the T-shirt tent and so much more. All interested volunteers should visit our volunteer page for more information about event day roles and responsibilities.

How do I get a Promise Garden flower?
On Walk day, you will receive a wristband. Each registered walker with a wristband will receive a Promise Garden flower. Please choose the color that best represents your connection to the disease.

  • Blue represents someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia
  • Purple is for someone who has lost a loved one to the disease.
  • Yellow represents someone who is currently supporting or caring for someone with Alzheimer’s.
  • Orange is for everyone who supports the cause and vision of a world without Alzheimer’s.

 

Still have questions?

Check out our FAQs page, or contact:
Coordinator: Brian Welch
Phone: 323-486-2821
Email: bwelch@alz.org

Thank you for all you do in the fight against Alzheimer’s.

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