The Gator Chronicles
The pictures below are indeed rare in nature and are of our most prestigious customers, Jeff "Gator" Waligora. When Ray and I first met Gator, we had to ask him about his peculiar nickname and of the name's origin. Gator told us that his father, Frederick Waligora was a world- renowned Paleontologist and was on expedition in Africa years ago. While Frederick and his team of scientist where in search of the "often read about. but never seen" African Dwarf Alligator, Jeff went missing on the banks of Cameroon. The ensuing search for Jeff was highly publicized and caused an International incident involving three different countries. The search was lengthy and exhausting; The team searching for young Jeff knew that it was a race against the clock, considering the ensuing rain season was upon them.
After three weeks in the jungle, the search for the then- 5 year old Jeff was called off and the head of the search party, Dan Albright was instructed to inform the grieving father of the bad news. As the team assembled their gear to leave, an intern slipped down a muddy embankment only to find Jeff snuggled up next to an 800 pound female 'gator. Astonishingly, the gator mistook the 5 year- old as one of her own and to this day, Jeff still prefers to submerge his food before ingesting it. Trying to acclimate Gator back into a somewhat normal lifestyle, Frederick enlisted the young lad in music lessons. Gator realized early on that he was gifted and formed bands to let off his aggression. His early shows where legendary. Once, in the summer of '74 while opening for Kiss at Winterland, Gator's band, "Paul Revere and the Gators", threw raw meat into the crowd. The cops, along with the EPA shut the show down and cited the band for lewd and lascivious behavior. In addition, several lawsuits where filed for injuries that included head contusions and severe ear palpitations. The band followed that concert with their live EP entitled, "Just Chompin'". This album was a huge success in Japan, but never topped the charts here in America. What a shame, as that album is and was an instant classic.
Who could forget the opening track, " Who Bit You, Who Bit Me".
After several years of tolling in anonymity, Paul Revere and the Gators hung it up. The band played it's final show in Dublin in the spring of '77 as the opening act for Thin Lizzy. In 2007, the band was contacted by Aamer Haleem for VH-1's "Reunited" and these photos are from that historic night. The show was hugely successful and demand for their albums hit the roof. Word on the street is, the band is planning a reunion tour this spring and you can bet that Ray and I will be there. Can you say backstage all access passes.....?