A great engineer and a great guy, Larry Boden, his journey from MCA Studios to Taco Bell & beyond

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  1. poe_man

    poe_man Forum Resident

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  2. rbp

    rbp Forum Resident

    A strong and determined man with an obvious kindness to him. I hope he is well.
  3. dcscott

    dcscott The No More Credit Manager at the Liquor Store

    Ontario Canada
    Thanks Steve. Great story.
  4. nicotinecaffeine

    nicotinecaffeine Forum Resident

    Walton, KY
    Holy ****. I remember that guy always at a little trendy hole in the wall in Mt. Adams outside Cincinnati hanging out and shot the bull with him a couple times about guitars. Had no idea he had this background or worked at Taco Bell or anything like that. Wow. Just surreal. Might have a few pictures of him stashed away in Mt. Adams, now that I think of it. I'm going to go digging for them tomorrow and will post! Wow. Just f**kin' wow.

    Backgrounds to some of the video appear to be Alt Park.
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  5. Myke

    Myke Rock Geezer

    From the faders to the fries. Excuse me, I need to wipe my eyes now.
  6. Urban Spaceman

    Urban Spaceman Forum Goofy-Footer

    Thanks for sharing Steve. Rock on, Larry!
    ------- Chris
  7. PH416156

    PH416156 Alea Iacta Est

    at the end of the youtube clip we can hear Celine Dion's "A new day has come" so it might be from 2002 indeed
  8. mpayan

    mpayan Forum Resident

    Inspiring. I cant help but be sad though. So much knowledge, such intelligence in his field. Yet he isnt able to use it now it seems. Kind of heartbreaking to me.

    "We wouldnt have any good sailors if the seas were always calm".. Seems like such an honorable guy with standards that use to be more common. Very touching video.
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  9. Sneaky Pete

    Sneaky Pete Senior Member

    That put a lump in my throat. The most inspiring thing is that he is not bitter or angry about his fate. Instead he is grateful and thankful for the time he has to experience the simple joys of life. The man is amazing, he shames me.

    It brings to light how tragic it is that getting sick means financial ruin for so many people. The number one reason for personal Bankruptcy in the US is some form of catastrophic illness. It is a double whammy, cancer and then bankruptcy. He is an exceptional person, thanks for posting that.
  10. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector

    New York, NY, USA
    Certainly Boden's situation contrasts wildly with that of Bill Schwartau . . .
  11. Al Kuenster

    Al Kuenster Forum Resident

    Las Vegas, NV - US
    Thanks for sharing Steve, a powerful little story!
  12. goldwax

    goldwax Forum Resident

    I'd like to know, too. It's been more than a decade, and I can't imagine that he's been working a drive-thru window all this time. At the very least, he would have moved up into restaurant management, if not onto another career.
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  13. Wow, thanks for that.
  14. He has looked bad health/death in the face. Now he can get up in the morning and live a life. There are some extreemly wealthy people who would give it all to have what he has. Notice he can move, he a has energy, he is still mentally sharp, AND he is happy. That is worth all of the money/fame/status in the world.
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  15. Clark V Kauffman

    Clark V Kauffman Forum Resident

    Des Moines, Iowa
    Looks like Larry has made some career moves since that video was shot in 2002.

    He now works in the Hamilton County Clerk of Court's office. According to this article on the clerk's blog (see link below), "Larry was tracked down by a former clerk of courts, Judge Jim Cissell. The judge saw (the 2002 article) in the Enquirer and thought, 'We could really use a guy like him at the clerk's office.' Then Cissell plucked Boden out of his workplace, Taco Bell, because he knew he would be a great asset to the office."


    Here's Larry at the courthouse in 2012...

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  16. Mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, LB is a truly inspiring character. On the other, if we had had a decent healthcare system in this country (not a comment about current political issues, BTW), he might not have had to give up most of what he had to pay for treatment in the first place -- something no one should have to do.

    When you think about it, what probably made Boden more able to cope with such circumstances better than most of us would is that he seems to be a genuine "people person" who gets the most enjoyment from interacting with others, whether they were colleagues in the recording industry or minimum-wage co-workers and drive-through customers. I think people like myself, who are more introverted and more focused on the roles in one's life instead of the "people-environments," would have had a much worse time dealing with such circumstances.
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  17. bhazen

    bhazen Abbey Roadhog

    Newport Hills, WA
    He sounds like a great guy; all blessings to him.

    This thread (and associated content) came along at a good time for me. I'm doing a job not unlike Mr. Boden's (i.e., low-wage service type job), and have been occasionally feeling a bit worn-out/self-pitying lately. Although my health ain't the greatest, I have it easy in comparison; and when I get S.S. in a few years, maybe I'll get to be a "full-time" musician again (but not so worried about the $.) Perspective...

    I am so fortunate, really.
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  18. Done A Ton

    Done A Ton Birdbrain

    Rural Kansas
    Thanks for posting, Steve, all the best to Larry.
  19. Platterpus

    Platterpus Forum Resident

    The Cosmos
    Thanks Steve for sharing that story.
  20. mpayan

    mpayan Forum Resident

    Is this the same Larry Boden? Was this before or after his cancer hit? I hope this is recent.. He seems to be doing good now with his own stereo equipment store?..

  21. James Glennon

    James Glennon Senior Member

    Dublin, Ireland
  22. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Your host Your Host Thread Starter

    Yeah, that's Larry. Good.
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  23. captone

    captone Forum Resident

    BC, Canada
    Very touching story. Thanks for sharing, Steve
  24. thxphotog

    thxphotog Camera Nerd Cycling Nerd Guitar Nerd Dietary Nerd

    Los Angeles, CA
    If the waters were always smooth, you wouldn't have any good sailors.
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  25. jh901

    jh901 Forum Resident

    Does he have any recent mastering credits? Amazing story.

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