“Wannabe Rock Star”:
Wheatie, a troubled, leggy, and very stoned co-ed has a huge chip on her shoulder. She wanted to be a ballet dancer. Her wealthy family forces her to be a journalist. She must deliver a make it or break it, unique paper about the sixties. If not, she will fail a much needed college class. If she fails, she suffers the ire of her financially manipulative parents and the chip gets heavier.
Butchie, a sixty-something once well respected romance writer has a few problems. Multiple divorces torpedoed his finances. He suffers from writers block. The romance novel he’s promised to his agent and publisher is at least six months late. However, he’s blown the advance money on booze and temporary love. What creative energy he has left is devoted to fulfilling a promise to the most influential person in his life— a teacher.
On a warm summer’s day in New York City’s West Village the two collide. Their lives become inextricably intertwined.
Butchie takes Wheatie on a tour through the reckless magical joy ride days of the raucous 60’s. The pair fast-forwards through the decade with Butchie reliving his youth. Wheatie transforms into a hippie while she travels along.
At the end of the tour, Butchie shepherds wide-eyed Wheatie to the Fillmore East. It’s December 1969, and they’re at a most special of all concerts. One held just for her!
This story may confirm, or change your mind about the sixties. Likely, it’ll make you laugh out-loud. And really, doesn’t everyone Wannabe-something?
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About the Author
Albert Zayat; raised just outside of Manhattan in North Jersey. His father, Arthur, supported the family working for Ballantine Beer as a salesman, then manager. Ballantine Beer was one of the New York Yankees principal sponsors so if you see Al wearing that cap, you’ll understand. His mother, Victoria, an editor and author, insisted on literacy for her children. The Webster’s dictionary was always at hand. Al attended Webster Academy for few years, a New England prep school. He likes to describe his experiences there as a cross between “Animal House,” and “Dead Poets Society.” Al lived in Manhattan’s ‘rocking’ lower East side, aka the ‘East Village.’ It was the late sixties then. While there he worked for the famed rock concert hall, ‘the Fillmore East,’ and later the company that filmed and produced the documentary film about ‘Woodstock.’ At age twenty-one Al recounts the surprising and unusual loss of his hair. A condition defined as Alopecia that affects a relatively small segment of the population in various forms. Al laughingly says he never did anything half-way citing the proof that he has the most severe form of the condition. For the last nearly 30 years Albert has been a professional in the investment community. He is an avid fan of cars, motorcycles, various genres of music, baseball, stout, good Scotch or Irish whisky, and of course- his two kids. Al say’s-‘One Rode In’ started with the development of one character on a snowy evening. A shoot of very green grass rooted and grew, and grew into One Rode In, a sequel (Ten Storms Revenge) and a fictional memoir (Wannabe Rock Star). The, also lyrics to three country and a collection of poetry yet to be released. A play is being developed as well. So, thanks Mom, thanks Webster, thanks Alopecia, thanks life! :-)