Erick writes from Belleville, Illinois, with this wonderful clipping from his local newspaper. It's a profile of Bob Heil, who invented the Talkbox for Peter Frampton, uses 30-inch speakers, built a quadraphonic sound system for The Who and generally made gigs in the '70s louder and better-sounding. He's being given an spot at the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland: "I told the curator from the Hall of Fame that I would clean everything up really good for him and he freaked out. He told me not to clean or fix anything." Heil started out running 'Ye Olde Music Shop', but got his big break when the Grateful Dead arrived in town after their sound man had been busted by the FBI. Bob supplied the gear and did the sound, and they liked him so much they took his gear on tour and told everyone about him. In 1980, he gave up engineering gigs because he hated punk so much. He's a ham radio enthusiast (like his buddy Joe Walsh from The Eagles), and Heil Sound now makes microphones for radio stations. He also plays theatre organ. Rock'n'Roll!