Sunday, September 19, 1999

Parrotheads soar in a book

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Naturally,somebody writes a book about Parrotheads and Cincinnati's in it.

        Witness (St. Somewhere Press; $30-ish), Jackson Quigley's coffeetable book about the effect of the Internet on Jimmy Buffett's legion of fans, a k a, Parrotheads.

        “I'm 53 years old, the kids are grown, the dog is dead and I'm a Parrothead. I quit my corporate job and launched the jimmy Internet project,” he says.

        He says the effect of the project has been “like throwing gasoline on fire ... It has brought Parrotheads all over the country together, expanded worlds, made friendships, opened eyes.”

        The book isn't out until October (when it will be sold on a bunch of Parrothead Web sites) but this much we know: “It's more than 1,000 photos with text, and, of course, Cincinnati is there. It's the birthplace of the Parrothead. I was there in August for his Riverbend concerts to see first hand.”

        Cincinnati wasn't the only Buffett concert Quigley hit last summer: “I hit every show on his summer tour, from No. 1 in Charleston (S.C.) to No. 25 in Boston. As nearly as I can tell from the Internet, I'm the first to ever do it.”

        Sounds like a book.

        “It is. I'm writing In Search of the 21st Century Parrothead now. It's based on the tour, phlockings (Parrothead parties) I've been to and people I've met.” Cincinnati will figure in that one, too.

        GET IT TOGETHER: Look who's turning up on CBS This Morning: local organizational expert Stephanie Denton. “They asked me to go to an office that's drowning in paper and do an office organizing makeover for them to film.

        It was to be shot Wednesday, but went on hold because the producer had to cover Hurricane Floyd.

        Denton isn't sure when it's going to happen now (“as soon as the Floyd commotion dies down, I guess”) but she's ready. Morning Show producers have “seven or eight names and office descriptions that they're going over, selecting one I'll do.

        “They're also talking about a follow-up a few weeks later, either me in the studio giving organizational hints or them doing a remote in the made-over office.”

        One benefit of Floyd's disruption: She has more time to scout for messier offices. “If readers want to call and nominate their office, I'd love to talk to them. They want a male in a business setting — not home office — drowning in paper.”

        Call her at 871-8800. If you can find the phone.

        ON THE MAT: Meanwhile, in the ring, a crew from 20/20 spent three days in town last week out at Les Thatcher's Main Event Pro Wrestling Camp for a story on wrestlers in training.

        You know, guys learning how to get slammed without breaking backs but still looking pained. That sort of thing.

        Correspondent Bill Ritter and producers Jim Altman and Catherine Upin hung around Thatcher's Evendale facility, getting footage of training procedures, workouts and mock matches for a story on what it takes to become a pro wrestler.

        One more taping session is planned: The crew will show up at Hamilton National Guard Armory Sept. 25 to shoot an actual match.

        The story is set to air in late October, but 20/20's a news show, so dates are always subject to change.

        Knip's Eye View appears Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. Have an item to report? Call Jim Knippenberg at 768-8513; fax: 768-8330.