I was always late, no matter where I was going. I would rush around at the last minute and always manage to be five or ten minutes late. So when Eddie Cochran was going to appear on a local teenage music show, I was once again rushing at the last minute to get to the spot where my ride was supposed to pick me up.
Eddie Cochran was a very popular young guitarist/singer in the late 1950's. Eddie was born on October 2, 1938 and made his film debut in the movie The Girl Can't Help It singing Twenty Flight Rock. He is probably most famous for singing the songs: C'mon Everybody and Summertime Blues. Eddie was killed in a traffic accident in London on April 17, 1960. He left a musical legacy; his music can still be heard on 50's music radio stations.
Word got out at school that Eddie was going to be appearing on a local television show that was similar to American Bandstand. It was going to be on a Saturday, around noon, in Honolulu. Everyone wanted to go. I found someone who would be driving and asked them to pick me up. It was agreed that I would wait at a bus stop near my home and my friends would pick me up there.
The day of Eddie's appearance arrived and once again, I was running late. I made it to the designated bus stop about five minutes late. I waited. No ride appeared. I waited longer. Still no ride. I had missed my ride.
But an off duty sailor did arrive. He introduced himself and we sat around talking for several hours. He wanted to take me out, but I explained I didn't date yet, so we just sat around flirting with one another.
All of my friends had gone to see Eddie Cochran. The following Monday at school I heard all about Eddie's performance and how great it was. All I could talk about was the cute guy I had met at the bus stop.