RECORD STORE TALES #919: Robert Grass
During the summer of 1988, we were lucky to have some cottage visits with the Szabo family. They had been friends for years. Robert Szabo is now a successful guitar player/singer/songwriter. Back then he was a neighbour from school, but his younger siblings Steve and Michelle were also good friends. They came to visit us at our cottage, and then we went to go and visit them at their place in Grand Bend. A much busier beach town.
When they came to visit us, we treated them to a backyard barbecue and some fun and amusements. Steven and Michelle came; Rob was busy elsewhere. We busted out the games and, as usual, improvised. We played a drawing game based on the TV show Win, Lose or Draw. You had to draw sketches and people guessed the words you were trying to draw. We used coloured markers and went to town on good ol’ lined paper.
We were having a great time but after a few rounds, people were guessing too easily. I decided to throw a curve ball and pick something to draw that would be harder to guess. A musical artist but an obvious one that people associated with me. I chose “Robert Plant”, because I thought it was a recognizable enough name, but not an obvious pick. Young kids in 1988 were not all familiar with Robert Plant, but some of us were.
Two words. First word!
I drew Steven and Michelle’s family, with Robert as the tallest. They successfully guessed “Robert” as the first word. I hoped this wasn’t too easy.
Second word. I grabbed a green marker and started drawing plants. They were having trouble guessing the second word. Shrubs, weeds, and….
“ROBERT GRASS!” yelled my sister Kathryn, seemingly in victory.
I laughed. “Who the hell is Robert Grass?” I asked.
“I don’t know!” she answered.
A logical answer I suppose since I did draw some grass with my plants. After much laughter and giggling, they eventually got the correct guy, Robert Plant, which made a lot more sense than Robert Grass. And within a year or so, my sister even owned Now and Zen on cassette! That more than made up for her wrong guess.