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Doug Weston

Re “Doug Weston, Troubadour Founder, Dies,” Feb. 15: It was a cataclysmic time, the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, and I was a Godforsaken teenager. Yet, in my broken memory, the few cherished experiences I had often were at Doug Weston’s Troubadour. From my first awkward date with Anna Sanchez to see the magnificent Phil Ochs sing, to evenings with my friend Carmen Perez as we first heard John Denver and Carly Simon, I treasure those extraordinary nights.

I never had the chance to thank Weston for making a place for some of the greatest musical moments in my life, but I know he saw us in the audience. As we applauded, yelled and howled for Gordon Lightfoot and Laura Nyro, I hope he recognized we were always also giving an ovation to him.

NEAL R. ALVAREZ

Monterey Park


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