I think that Jeff and I must have walked into BeBop Records and Fine Art not too long after they first opened: Hanging out in record stores was a way we spent a considerable portion of our youth. Rich Bruland and Rene Engel, the shop’s co-owners, were hung ho when we asked about putting on shows there – yet another example of adults being completely open to these young teenage kids with nothing but gumption. We put on several shows there – both ones that EDB played at and others. With the record racks pushed over to the side, BeBop was a fantastic place to see shows – especially for kids in the Valley.
Jeff and I saw Penn and Teller’s amazing show in Los Angeles in 1985. Knowing a bit about Penn Jillette’s musical tastes from his work with Ralph Records, we introduced ourselves to him after the show and slipped an EDB cassette into his pocket. Thinking about the big man listening to us on his Sony Walkman on his flight home was thrilling – and his gracious postcard indicative of the kind of generous reception we were offered by so many adults whose paths we crossed.