I shared this story about Greg last night with friends at the Record Bar. I thought I'd share it with the rest of you.
A couple years ago in a college audio production class we were given the assignment to do a mock radio interview with "someone who had a story to tell". The first person I thought of was Greg.
I called him and asked if it would be cool to do it and he said yeah. We set up a day to meet at the Hurricane to do it. The day came and I rolled up there with a mic and a mini disc recorder. After we had a drink (PBR for me, Beam and Coke for him), we got to work. I'd ask Greg questions and let him roll with it, telling stories about things that had went down at the Lone Star and Blayney's. He told of how he became a bouncer, run-ins that he had, and the story about getting stabbed in the face so hardcore that it made his eye come clean out of his socket (doctors were able to save the eye, in case you didn't know). We got done recording, had another drink and I headed out to do some editing to the piece.
I turned it into my professor of the class and he was floored by stories that Greg had told. "Damn," he said, "we need to make a documentary about this guy!" I told Greg that the next time I saw him and he just smiled real big. Needless to say, the interview project got all points possible and a professor that couldn't stop talking about my buddy "Death".
The professor told me to enter the interview in a state wide competition for college students with audio projects. The award ceremony came along and lo and behold my interview with Greg won first place and I got a plaque and 50 bucks for my trouble. After the ceremony I called Greg to tell him we won.
"Cool," he said "Where's my cut?"
In the semesters that passed, the professor would play my interview with Greg for other classes. I'd have friends of mine stop me in the hallway after hearing it in class and ask me about Greg. He had become something of a legend in the Communications department.
The professor has moved on to another teaching position in California where I know that he is playing that interview for his students there.
This story is cool to me for a couple of reasons. First that college kids in Missouri and in California are going to listen to him and be immortalized without ever knowing him or having read his "Death's Door" blog. I did have Greg plug the blog on the interview. I hope those kids go to it and read more. They need to.
Second, that I have a copy of the interview here at home. I don't have the balls to listen to it right now. I know that if I did that I would lose it all over again. But to have this memento of him means more to me than anyone will ever know.
All because he agreed to help me out with a simple school project.
God bless Greg Beck.