Alan is a former U.S. Navy pilot and a retired veterinarian who owned and operated the Woodinville Animal Hospital in Woodinville, WA, for 35 years. He has played guitar off and on for over 50 years. “I was caught up in the folk music revival that began in the late 50’s and continued into the ‘60’s. I remember crooning ‘Tom Dooley’ with a buddy while on a high school band trip. In 1964 I bought my first guitar (still have it) and taught myself to play using Kingston Trio song books. The groups Peter, Paul, and Mary and The Brothers Four continued my inspiration. While other genres creep in, I always characterize myself as a ‘60’s folkie’.”
Alan and wife Marilyn, a former school teacher, raised two children in Kirkland.
Joe and his wife, Barbara, grew up on nearby farms in Indiana, have been married over fifty years and have two adult sons. One lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and young daughter (age two and the girl we never had) while the older one lives in Brockport, New York, with his significant other. In addition to farm chores, Joe played lots of basketball (goals in the barn) and baseball not to mention trumpet from elementary school through college. Coaching Little League for many years with his boys brought much joy. Joe became an Emeritus professor from Seattle University in 2006 after 32 years as a counselor educator and has been playing banjo 10 years. Hanging out with friends and family and playing/singing with FOG are his predominant fun activities.
Bill and his wife Ann grew up in the Chicago area. They were introduced by a mutual friend and got married in 1962 while Bill was serving in the Air force. Both he and Ann were teachers in the Seattle school district. Both retired in 1998 after 30 years of service. Bill got his start in music at 5, singing with a Salvation Army band in Chicago’s Union Station, where his dad worked. From then on he sang whenever given the chance. He played violin, saxophone in a small band and took up guitar so he could accompany himself. He sang in musicals, and a variety of groups in high school and college. As the years passed he added the harmonica and the ukulele to his collection of instruments. He’s played everything except the sax with FOG, but who knows.