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My name is David Greene and I approved this message. As a lifelong music fanatic, I often dreamed of transforming my musical avocations into something others could enjoy. Ergo, Rock 'n Soul Alley. My previous music ventures include songwriting and fronting "garage" rock bands in college; compiling "The Top 1000 Hits of All-Time," which Billboard published annually from 1970 through 1976; and writing a bimonthly "Reissue Issues" column for Digital Audio and Rock & Roll Disc from 1986 through 1992.

I grew up in the New York City suburb of White Plains, graduated from Amherst College, and earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University. I've worked professionally as a junior-high math teacher, a college and graduate school psychology teacher, a software user interface designer, and, most enduringly, as a K-12 education researcher and evaluator. My wife, Jane David, and I met in 1977 when we were both working at SRI International in Menlo Park, California.

The name "Alley Gator" derives from the venerable song "See You Later, Alligator," written by the late Robert Charles Guidry (first recorded by him as Bobby Charles) and made famous by Bill Haley & His Comets in the winter of 1956. With all due respect to Ron Guidry* and others well-known by this appellation, "Gator" seemed like the perfect name for the host of Rock 'n Soul Alley.

* Both Guidrys are Cajuns from South Louisiana. Does anyone know if they are related?

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The music "shrine"