Greg Harris, Summer of ’78, JRP0092

November 12, 2019
Greg Harris, Summer of 78, John Riley Project, JRP0092

Rancho Bernardo author Greg Harris joined us to talk about his new book “The Summer of ‘78”.  Greg’s book documents the ultimate road trip of two friends graduating high school and going on a 5-week adventure through California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Oregon.  In the podcast Greg Harris reads a few sections of the book that talk about the launch of the road trip and a crazy run in with the law in Arizona.  Music was a big part of the trip and we share our joy of Boston, REO, Rush, Ted Nugent, Peter Frampton, Rolling Stones, Elton John, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eagles, Jimmy Buffett, America, …  and recount our early days with cassettes and the transition away from 8-track.  We also discuss Greg’s book writing process including his creative process, the help he received in editing, cover design and more.  Greg is a 45-year resident of the Rancho Bernardo and Rancho Penasquitos area, a Mt. Carmel High School graduate, a business consultant and a travel blogger.

Greg Harris and I share thoughts on so many other people and issues including Steve Miller, Peter Frampton, Herman Cook, Volkswagen Bug, Encinitas, Poway High School, Billy Beane, Grand Tetons, Beaver Dam, Columbia River Gorge, high speed drafting, wing vent windows, air conditioning (or lack thereof), Poway Chieftain, Sacramento, Idaho Falls, San Diego, San Jose, senioritis, Tang, Ditto Jeans, Steve Miller Band, Fly Like an Eagle, Pacific Stereo, Pioneer cassette deck, Gatorade, Abba Zabbas, Red Fish Lake, Stanley, Amazon, Kindle, Elite Authors, Dave Fralia and much more.

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