Saturday, July 20, 2013

Post 2391 - Karen Begin

Hi.  Let's get my vacation off on a good footing by re-presenting some posts from just over five years ago.

Karen Begin was a jock at Magic 97 between 1988 and 1991.  Along the way she claimed to have been more than friendly with Kiefer Sutherland; this turned out to be bullshit.

I met Karen in late 1990.  I asked her out.  We ended up going to a Hallowe'en party in Kentville.  There is a picture of us together at the party somewhere out there.

Karen left town not long after ward.  She made her way to the States after having doctored her resume in such a way that she would be sure to be hired.   And she got the non du radio Darian O'Toole, because she was the host of a dance music radio show and the name rhymed with "the dancing fool".

She bounced around a bit, ending up in New York city going against Howard Stern.  She ended up in San Francisco where people still remember her.

Many years later she returned to Nova Scotia and ended up working at Q104 here in Halifax until she ended up being fired due to the demons that plagued her.  She returned to the States and died suddenly  On  April 1st, 2008.

When I learned of her death, I wrote quite a few blog posts about it.  I was trying to deal with my lingering feels for her.  I had been interested in her at one point, and when that feeling was not reciprocated, it was... well, pretty upsetting to me.  I'd like to meet the person whose heart has not gone through the wash once or twice.

These blog posts attracted quite a bit of attention.  I got a few dozen comments on these posts, from Karen's family, from her former colleagues at Magic 97, and people who knew her and worked with her in the U.S.  The man who gave her her new name posted a couple of comments.

This is the first time I really felt that my blog might have some direction to move toward.  Prior to that, I was floundering around, writing about frig knows what.

It occurs to me that most of you reading this have never seen those posts, because you never knew they existed.  Well, here is one.  Here is another.  And another.  Don't forget this one. Or this one.  Or this one.  Oops: Another one.

I hope you take the time to check them out.

See you tomorrow.

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