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  1. Who Won The Raspberries Rollswagen Contest by Ryan Richardson In early 1973, Capitol Records embarked on a Raspberries promotional campaign aimed squarely at the lucrative youth market, girls in particular. In conjunction with Star, the Raspberries Rollswagen sweepstakes was announced in the magazine's debut issue and was promoted through its fourth issue with entries accepted through the end of May. The Rollswagen was yet another over-the-top Barris Kustom creation, complete with "foxy fur" upholstery and a Quadrasonic 8-track player (natch). One issue later in June 1973, Petersen abruptly ceased publication of Star. I couldn't help but wonder... whatever happened to the Rollswagen? Dedicated dozens of Eric Carmen fans wanted to know, too. In November 2014, while looking for Star ads in another teen mag issued by Petersen, a piece of the puzzle popped forth: A cursory Google search turned up a Billboard announcement that the winner was from Florida and that there'd been 31,000 contest entries. Having logged many years sleuthing for long-lost band members, I felt confident I could find Teena — and maybe the Rollswagen. The uncommon spelling and surname helped narrow the search in a hurry, though experience told me maiden names often go by the wayside. Eventually a search by family name and the tiny Florida hometown led to a newspaper piece where Teena's married name was mentioned. A few minutes later, I jumped onto this era's one-stop-shop for people finding, Facebook, and sent off a message. That evening a reply appeared: "I will give a call tomorrow." For a town with fewer than 4000 residents, Teena's big win was a big deal. There was a parade. The mayor presented a key to the city to Jim Bonfanti, the Raspberries member Teena deemed "foxiest" and who'd flown in along with Capitol execs for the hand-off. With Teena being three years shy of driving age, the Rollswagen wound up with an older cousin, though she did wind up learning how to drive a stick-shift in it! And so I had to ask: where's the Rollswagen now? Her answer was nothing short of thrilling: "it may still be in my aunt's backyard." With four decades elapsed in the coastal outdoors, the best case scenario would be a rusted-out Rollswagen, a shadow of its former glam glory. Still, I was already imagining a roadtrip to see the thing. After no word from her cousin and a month gone by since we'd first spoken, Teena decided to drive the half hour to her aunt's place. A look around revealed no sign of the mythic vehicle, inevitably vanished in the gulf between way back when and way too late. Her cousin later confirmed the Rollswagen had been junked long ago. Could it have really turned out differently? Probably not. But, hey, a little dreaming never hurt. In fact it's almost required for some things — like morphing a Volkswagen Beetle into a souped-up Rolls Royce or, well, sending off a sweepstakes entry. Just ask those guys who sang Let's Pretend. __________ The most often asked Raspberries question... What happened to the Rollswagen... All of the answers here (in full color!)—Wow! Bernie
  2. NGFILA cover

    What the hell is he playing? Bernie
  3. Raspbernie: Always Wheeling and Dealing

    Row AA...not bad!
  4. EC Drinks Pepsi?

    Great old thread...with the maestro himself weighing in! Bernie
  5. Eric’s MySpace page

    Frankly, I'm surprised Facebook has lasted this long. Usually these platforms sink as soon as the young people move onto something else. Facebook users are mostly old farts like us checking out pics of our cousin's barbecues. Bernie
  6. Eric Panned in this All Starr Review

    I saw this tour several times and I can tell you from first-hand knowledge that Eric's rendition of "All By Myself" killed every night with enthusiastic applause from the audience when Eric started playing the intro to the song, during and after the piano interlude, and when it was over. It was a tour de force and Ringo would usually come out and acknowledge Eric saying, "Great job, Eric!" This writer has no idea what he's talking about. Bernie
  7. New Music

  8. For Bernie...My fellow Nick Gilder fan...

    Lew, I saw this on Facebook when Wendy's husband Ian posted it. Love the Runaways and Nick Gilder, so for me this was a home run. Great job! Bernie
  9. Can you spot why? Bernie
  10. Chip Sansom: Cartoonist, Raspberries Fan

    Chip Sansom is at it again!
  11. What the heck was this?

    I have a copy of this.
  12. Creamer...Eric Carmen references abound

    I like it! Bernie
  13. Let´s bring the fun.....

    Eric Carmen 1. My Girl 2. Sunrise 3. Everything 4. No Hard Feelings 5. That's Rock 'N' Roll 6. All By Myself 7. Never Gonna Fall in Love Again 8. Last Night 9. Great Expectations 10. On Broadway Boats Against the Current 1. Boats Against the Current 2. Runaway 3. Love is all that Matters 4. She Did It 5. Marathon Man 6. Nowhere to Hide 7. I Think I Found Myself 8. Take it or Leave It Change of Heart 1. Heaven Can Wait 2. Desperate Fools 3. Someday 4. Hey Deanie 5. Change of Heart 6. Desperate Fools Overture 7. End of the World 8. Haven't We Come A Long Way 9. Baby I Need Your Lovin' Tonight You're Mine 1. Foolin' Myself 2. All For Love 3. It Hurts Too Much 4. Tonight You're Mine 5. Sleep With Me 6. Inside Story 7. You Need Some Lovin' 8. Lost in the Shuffle
  14. Guitar cover GATW

    GREAT! Mega talented dude!
  15. Razzies NOT on "Top 100 Debuts"

    Not the best debut! Bernie
  16. Razzies NOT on "Top 100 Debuts"

    Raspberries debut was actually "Don't Want to Say Goodbye." Their second single was "Go All The Way."
  17. Here's the official video: So amazing to see current artists paying tribute to EC. Bernie
  18. Consumer Reviews of Winter Dreams

    Susie, I bought Eric a first edition of this book as a gift after Winter Dreams was released. Bernie
  19. Fotomaker promo video

    That color video came from my collection. I shared it with the Fotomaker Facebook group as well as with Kay Bryson. Forgot that I had it, but when I discovered it on an old VHS tape I nearly flipped. Saw them play in NJ with Wally. Great band. Bernie
  20. LIATM cover

  21. Great Billboard Article

    Eric really loved that birthday present. Back in those pre-YouTube days it was pretty difficult to assemble a multi-CD set of cover songs. I had to track down each piece of vinyl, cassette tape and CD I could find. Then have them all digitized and burned onto CDs. Bernie
  22. Starting Over press release

  23. Should I Wait cover

    Masterfully played and sung. Kudos! Bernie
  24. The great reunion—a flashback

    Me, too! Bernie