Flash Back Fridays
FRANKIE TACKER and JON LIND 1971
In the summer of 1971 Frankie and Jon wandered into the spacious fireplace room of the Lodge. They were hitchhiking up from California and were waiting for the man giving them a ride to fill up with gas at the Strathcona pumps. It took a while in those days, so Jon sat down to play the piano and sing. Jim happened to hear him and was impressed. Jim talked Jon, a Mannes College of Music graduate, into staying, telling him that he could entertain the Lodge guests. He had to find a job for Frankie too.
Trained as an actress, she was drop dead gorgeous so he gave her the job of hostess in the dining room. Jon accompanied Jim on some west coast trips, as a sort of man Friday. On one occasion, Jon was playing to the crowd, and the women crowded around Jon. The men folk got themselves all riled. A riot ensued and Jim ended up throwing a non-music lover through a plate glass window. This story of Jon’s talent partially explains why he is now a well-known American singer/songwriter. Frankie became an actor. She now teaches drama and voice in New York.