My Memories of Joe
(I wanted to share Pat Collins’ relationship with Joe Pallatin)
First, I would like to apologize to all of my 1969 classmates for missing this important milestone in our lives (the 50-year class reunion). It just so happened that my youngest daughter, Haley, will be getting married during this event, and fatherly duties call. In addition, I would also like to acknowledge a special recognition to very dear friend that will also be missing this important milestone, Joe Pallatin.
I was in Mexico when I heard the news about Joe's death. My wife Joyce had sent me an email explaining that Dean had called to report the disappointing news. My mood instantly changed. I became quiet and deeply sadden. It really caught me off guard. I sat for a while just thinking about Joe and how long it had been since I last saw him or even talked to him in person. It hurt, when I realized it was 1971 when I left La Mirada to continue my college education in Eureka, California Humboldt State University. It had been at least 40 years, and that made me upset.
Joe was one of my best friends (next to Deano and Steve Schneider). But Joe and I had a very special relationship. We had the special bonds of playing music together, as well as playing baseball together throughout high school. I just wish we had today’s technology back in the 60’s so we could have captured all those amazing music events our core group of musicians (Terry, Tony, Joe and myself) accomplished. I love playing music with these guys and especially Joe. He lived just down the street and I would routinely walk down to house in the evenings, and we would listen to music and discover new songs we could use in the band. For example, I specifically remember sitting in Joe’s room listening to Jeff Beck – I Ain't Superstitious, and how impressed I was that Joe, quickly figured out the chords to the song, and then began playing Jeff’s riffs. Another favorite of mine was the Al Kooper - Super Session Album with Michael Bloomfield and Steven Stills. I thought Joe played Bloomfield better than Michael. We routinely played Stop as an opening numbering in our gigs. During these early years, I realized what a talent Joe was. Not only could he play any cover, Joe was writing his own songs. Joe was a very creative and talented individual. I loved playing music with Joe and the band.