Nice tribute, Mark. Les really was the greatest innovator in music, and there is no guitar like the Les Paul. The first time I saw one was hanging in a stall at a trade show. Gibson had a nice booth with numerous guitars being displayed. The black Les Paul stood out. It reminded me of a solid body Gretch (not the one John Lennon used). It was the one my uncle used, and I thought the Les Paul looked better. It seemed less stretched out, more of a composite instrument. The next I saw one, Jimmy Page was playing it at The Masonic Temple in Toronto. Lucky bastard, I thought. Years later, I’d learn that Les Paul was an actual person, and his innovations could be found on almost every stage. Great read, Mark. Really enjoyed it.

I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.

I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.