Here’s a bit of trivia that falls under the subtitle of Lagniappe for better or worse:
Through high school (when my battle with Lbs. began) I used to take an Rx drug for “weight loss”. I did lose some weight but also gained tremendous abilities to concentrate. Of course, decades later, it’s now a Rx drug for ADHD. Odd how things come around.
The MD that prescribed that drug was named Dr. Walter Carpenter MD and I also remember his wonderful medical assistant and secretary, Mrs. Todd (life is full of coincidence isn’t it). His age at the time was late 50’s but he was a very hip guy.
Well, here’s my side of the story:
Of his “numerous children” was his son the guitarist and singer/songwriter. As part of my therapy (1966-1970), I had to go to see Dr. Carpenter (who, btw, was one of the coolest people I ever knew-long hair, beard, and very hippy-ish. He was a great conversationalist and was really into “the culture of the times”) every 2 weeks for a blood test to make sure I wasn’t abusing the meds or dying from side effects. The drug also affected how your body metabolized certain necessary nutrients, one of which was Vitamin C which I, at one point, was very lax in taking supplements and had some gum problems as a result. Misdiagnosed by my dentist as a gum infection called Vincent’s Infection or… wait for it…Trench Mouth! It was what we now call Periodontal Disease and was cleared up with mega doses over a month’s time of Vitamin C and debridement of junk under the gums. TAKE YOUR C people! OK… FLOSS TOO!
Dr. Carpenter and I would always talk about my intense involvement in music (I usually had some kind of bass and amp in the car in his parking lot during visits) and how I should come over the house “when Jake was around” and jam or just hang out. The doc had a HUGE house in Huntington LI NY which I would sometimes visit for my appt’s when he or I couldn’t make it to his Bay Shore office. I mean HUGE. Anyway, he always spoke of Jake and when Jake started to get famous he would talk about this single or that LP and I could NEVER find anything on LP or any singles. UNTIL, the doc, he was a bit ethereal at times, realized that to him his son was “Jake” with the last name Carpenter, but to the world, he was Jake Holmes! OK, not a household name, right? Well he did have one “hit”, So Close, that did make the charts and some very notable LP’s and performances. So Close, So Very Far to Go. Released by Polydor, it reached No. 135 on the Billboard album chart, and the single “So Close” rose to No. 49 on Billboard’s Hot 100
It is also widely accepted that he is the TRUE author of Zep’s Dazed and Confused! Dazed and Confused? Read on:
DID LED ZEPPELIN RIP OFF A FOLK SINGER?
- “Building a better way …. to see the U.S.A.” for Chevrolet (General Motors) (1972)
- “Be a Pepper” for Dr Pepper (with Randy Newman, 1977)
- “Be all that you can be” for the U.S. Army (1979)
- “We fly the world” for Pan American World Airways (DATE)
- “Raise your hand if you’re Sure” for Sure deodorant (197X)
- “Aren’t You Hungry for Burger King Now?” for Burger King (1981)
- “America’s Getting Into Training” for Amtrak corporation (1981)
- “Come to Metropolitan and simplify your life” for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (1981)
- “Great Moments for You on CBS” for CBS (1982)
- “Ah ha, we’re sitting pretty, altogether in Schaeffer City” for Schaeffer Beer (198X)
- “NBC, Let’s All Be There!” for NBC (1985)
- “Best a Man Can Get” for The Gillette Company (1988)
- “Come see the softer side of Sears, Roebuck and Company” for Sears (19XX)
- “With Charmin Ultra, Less Is More” (Cha-cha-cha!!!) for Charmin (200X)