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Technically the 1st Pearl Jam fan

TonybalsamoTonybalsamo Montlake, Seattle, WA Posts: 12
edited January 25 in Other Music
Hello. My mom owned a restaurant in San Diego called Sicilia Restaurant near the San Diego State University area.

I was 13 years old at the time. A few doors down from our restaurant was a record shop called “Off The Wall” which I frequented often.

One day in the early Summer if 1991, I went to off the wall and the worker there was telling me about this band called “Pearl Jam” and they would be eating at my moms restaurant that night for the release of their new album… he gave me a circular poster of their album ‘ten’ and he said, get this signed, this band is going to be huge.

that evening, they in fact came to my moms restaurant and sat at table B2. 
I shyly approached the table and asked if I could have their autograph. Little did I know at the time, but Eddie Vedder said loudly “our first official fan”. Not only did they sign the poster, but they also signed a CD for me. In a kind gesture, I asked my mom if we could cover their drinks on their bills which she approved…

As they were leaving, Eddie asked who was my favorite band at the time which I said Alice In Chains… several weeks later I received this care package from Eddie with several items from Alice In Chains (special shirts, cd’s, etc). I was so amazed by this gesture, even at 13 did not know what to make of it and of course, crazily excited. he recognized our kind gesture and was Thoughtful to repay the gesture… gone are these acts of generosity and kindness. 

A few months go by and Eddie shows up with his brothers to eat -as he was playing a show that weekend down the street at a place called Winters. They sat at table C4. In return for the very kind care package, I asked my mom if we could comp their dinner, which she approved. 

In 1993 we sold the restaurant. The new owners contacted me saying someone stopped by and wrote me a letter on the back of a paper place mat. Of course, it was Eddie. I had no way to connect as I did not have his contact details. The restaurant was sold again to a new owner. He stopped by once more to visit and left me another letter with cosmic and inspirational worlds. I still have both letters.

just a crazy special experience in life with a truly talented group, and a very thoughtful and generous being. 

Thoughts? 
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    BrainofBGABrainofBGA Australia Posts: 3,993
    That is one of the best Pearl Jam stories / memories I’ve had the pleasure of reading. Thanks for sharing! 
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    fl247556fl247556 Posts: 273
    moments that mark you and inspire you for life
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    lastexitlondonlastexitlondon Posts: 12,188
    Show us the letters . I would love to see them . Beautiful 
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    F Me In The BrainF Me In The Brain this knows everybody from other commets Posts: 30,685
    That is very cool.  Amazing memories and a unique connection. 
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    LizJLizJ Posts: 338
    Thank you for sharing this unique and beautiful experience! 
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    JPPJ84JPPJ84 Hamburg, Germany Posts: 3,440
    wonderful story!
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    LoujoeLoujoe Posts: 7,960
    Wow. Very cool of Eddie to follow up for sure. great you had the guts to go talk to them. Everything seemed to line up perfectly. That happens once in a while to good people. Thanks for sharing!!!!
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    darwinstheorydarwinstheory LaPorte, IN Posts: 5,891
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    Gern BlanstenGern Blansten Your Mom's Posts: 18,015
    Great stuff...yeah if you could post those letters that would be awesome. I assume you still have the autographed items?
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    HobbesHobbes Pacific Northwest Posts: 6,391
    Great story. Thanks for sharing.
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    ZoSoTimZoSoTim Posts: 642
    Incredible story. Thanks for sharing. 
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    mfc2006mfc2006 HTOWN Posts: 37,387
    That is absolutely awesome! So happy you had that experience!
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    lexicondevillexicondevil Bay Area Posts: 1,937
    Very cool story.
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    TonybalsamoTonybalsamo Montlake, Seattle, WA Posts: 12
    Thank you everyone, I appreciate your kind acknowledgments. I’m hesitant to post the letters, as they are meaningful and personal, but I don’t think there is anything that is private… I’ll think about it. Besides, they are only copies and in some box in my basement, so I’ll have to search for them.

    as for all of the memorabilia I had, they were locked in a filing cabinet that was stolen when I was living in my brothers house in San Diego was burglarized in 2007… at least I made copies of the letters…
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    iOnlyownMymindiOnlyownMymind Posts: 2,572
    Wow, amazing story.  These are so great to hear and ones from the very early days don't pop up very often.  
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    tempo_n_groovetempo_n_groove Posts: 39,131
    Thank you everyone, I appreciate your kind acknowledgments. I’m hesitant to post the letters, as they are meaningful and personal, but I don’t think there is anything that is private… I’ll think about it. Besides, they are only copies and in some box in my basement, so I’ll have to search for them.

    as for all of the memorabilia I had, they were locked in a filing cabinet that was stolen when I was living in my brothers house in San Diego was burglarized in 2007… at least I made copies of the letters…
    What an odd thing to steal...
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    TonybalsamoTonybalsamo Montlake, Seattle, WA Posts: 12
    Thank you everyone, I appreciate your kind acknowledgments. I’m hesitant to post the letters, as they are meaningful and personal, but I don’t think there is anything that is private… I’ll think about it. Besides, they are only copies and in some box in my basement, so I’ll have to search for them.

    as for all of the memorabilia I had, they were locked in a filing cabinet that was stolen when I was living in my brothers house in San Diego was burglarized in 2007… at least I made copies of the letters…
    What an odd thing to steal...
    They stole a lot more than just the filing cabinet… 
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    jjflashjjflash Posts: 4,865
    Amazing story. Thanks for sharing. You may wanna consider posting it on 'The Porch' forum as more people, many whom would enjoy reading your story, will see it there :sunglasses:
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    GB281198GB281198 Virginia Posts: 404
    That's really awesome! It's a shame you lost the stuff he gave you but what an amazing experience.
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    LoujoeLoujoe Posts: 7,960
    Woah. So cool of ev and you. ROCKS!!
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    darwinstheorydarwinstheory LaPorte, IN Posts: 5,891

    Post of the fookin' year right here! How awesome! 
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    eeriepadaveeeriepadave West Chester, PA Posts: 41,047
    that is awesome! Sucks about some of the stuff getting stolen but yeah like others said glad the letters copied.
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    PoncierPoncier Posts: 16,277
    Those letters are fantastic.
    Can only imagine what getting those as a teenager meant.
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    brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain. Posts: 40,792
    That is an amazing and thoroughly enjoyable story, Tony.  Thank you for sharing it with us!
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    May 30thMay 30th Posts: 1,671
    Amazing stuff right here!! Thanks for posting. 
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    Gern BlanstenGern Blansten Your Mom's Posts: 18,015
    Awesome stuff!
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    love it. 
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