Letters for the week of Sept. 6


Psychic communiqués


Thanks for the great article [“State Street psychic communes with departed loved ones”; Aug. 23, 2006; by Brian Clarey]! You must have an incredible memory or are the world’s best note taker. I appreciate’ your attention to detail and accuracy. Best of all I now have it documented in black and white that at least I don’t “look” crazy. My family will be thrilled.

Thanks again and FYI – even if I wasn’t talking to Mike that night, rest assured that he is watching your life unfold and sharing in your joys and trials.

Best regards,

Kathe Martin



Kathe’s my mom and I just want you to know how much I appreciate your article about your evening with her. After reading it, she was glad to feel that she might have helped you. It was refreshing to read something heartfelt and real.


Buddy Martin


McLean’s mom and them


I guess you have never received a comment quite like this one before. This comment is in reference to the article on the group Signature Soundz [“Attention young players: Class in session”; Aug. 23, 2006; by Jordan Green]

I enjoyed reading the article about a group of young men trying to make the world a better place by playing music for all to enjoy.

The young white man in the group is my son Jeff McLean. I am very proud of him. He was God’s gift to me and my gift to all who love music.

Not only is he a great guitarist but he is a wonderful son, brother and friend to all who know him. When he was 2 years old he would sit on the couch and want his daddy to let him play the guitar. And each year of his life the love for the guitar and music grew so strong nothing could keep him from playing. Not even an accident when he was 19 years old and he broke all the bones in his hand. He never gave up his thoughts of playing his guitar again. His whole life has been devoted to music. The Lord gave him a wonderful gift. Wherever there is music he will be there. Life is always better with music in the air for us all.

Guess you could just call me a very Proud Mama. I am sure all mothers are proud of their sons.

Just thought I would drop you line about the young white guy of the band.

Thank you for allowing me to e-mail you.


Betty McLean


Endlessly inventive and holding a seeming Library of Congress of obscure songs everyone else has forgotten (but when they hear them, one remembers how unusual and great they were at the time), Jeff McLean deserves all the attention he can get.

Robert Bixby