|(11-6-09 From Randy Chortkoff:
"My name is Randy. I loved Sebastian
as a dear friend. I lived at 844 Page St. where Sebastian took me
in as a runaway from Los Angeles. I was 16 years old and Seb took
me all over San Francisco and treated me as a brother. Whenever I
went to Los Angeles and returned back to the Haight, Seb picked me up in
the air and gave me the biggest bear hug in the whole world! He turned
me on to BB King, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy and many others.
I was a regular at the Avalon mostly,
but the Fillmore was also great! Things got dark in 1968 and Seb
and I both went downhill. Thank god I recovered in 1979. His
influence on me helped bring me to where I am today.
I remember when he lost his first leg.
I've tried to find him ever since. How about Tim Trout (fish)?
Anything? (No. TM) Your black and white of Sebastian warmed
my heart. Sebastian's influence helped me live my dream at www.deltagroovemusic.com."
(11-8-09) More from Randy
"If you have never seen a grown 60yr
old man cry tears of grief and joy then you should have been at my computer
when I received your email. Even before I read it, I was overcome knowing
that it was from you. Thank you so very much. You can never know the influence
Seb had on my early life. Also, knowing that I could have turned out like
him many many times over fills me with gratitude. I guess there is much
more to do as far as contributing to the stream of life...
Your letter gives me closure regarding
a time that still haunts me to this day. I remember returning to
Monterey with Sebastian to visit a man named ,I think, Dick... (Dick Miller
TM) a teacher I believe from S.F. Art Institute??? (Correct TM)
Also he took me to a family who were obviously the McPartlands.
I am eternally grateful for your response...
It may sound silly but you have no idea had profound this is for me. You
may want to include "Big
Sky Motion Pictures" and my wife's company "Festivals
As strange as it may seem.... my passion
and artistic desires started with "Sebastian" AKA Jerry Landon."