I had lost touch with
everyone until September of this year  when I received an
email from my sister, Margaret Banks, and she provided me with a
link to The Presidents web site. What a surprise!!
After my short time with the Presidents I joined
another band and we re-named it the Pat McQueen Combo. Like the
Presidents we also were a cover band who were greatly influenced
by the US R&B music. We had a ball and met and were fortunate
to play with some great bands. The Detours (re-named The Who) and
the Animals, Brian Auger Trinity with Long John Baldry and Julie
Driscoll, and Rod Stewart. Even Jimmy Page would join us at various
gigs and sometimes take over the show. We also had Jeff Beck play
lead guitar for a while. One day we managed to get to IBC studios
with Glyn. Jimmy joined us in the studio, and Mick Jagger and Brian
Jones dropped by. Mick joined us but Brian was more interested in
the two lady friends they had brought with them. We played all over
the country for two years and one day we decided that there was
more in life so we stopped playing and I focused on my day job.
This year Bob Stenson from the band contacted me and we had a re-union
in August. We met, commented on how little or how gray our hair
was, played a few numbers (I couldn’t remember most of the
words), talked, drank, and reminisced. It was an intense two-day
trip down memory lane.
After the band I worked for various UK engineering
companies but in 1972 I needed some money so I moved to Berlin,
and worked as a designer in a German engineering company. I then
moved to Duesseldorf where I worked freelance and met my future
In 1974, I went to work in Beirut, which was then
an incredible city with great nightlife and restaurants. I eventually
had to leave as the Lebanese civil war got really bad. I left with
a Hungarian friend, Louis Kerekes, on one of the last flights for
some time, as the airport was being shelled. We then went to the
jobsite in Oman and I worked there as a designer and construction
supervisor on a Desal Plant and the Intercontinental Hotel. Oman
was a fascinating place and I later visited it twice with my family.
In 1976, Sigi and I moved to Holland where we
lived for 5 years. I joined an Engineering and Construction company
– Fluor – as a Contracts Supervisor and spent a lot
of this time in Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Sharjah and other Arab states.
One day I got a call, on a dreary gray day in
Holland, from my ex-boss who asked me to join him in Calgary, Canada.
He sweet-talked us into moving and we never regretted the move and
eleven unforgettable years in Canada. We traveled and camped over
this great country from east to west, up into Alaska, and the North
West Territories. Our biggest blessing was our daughter, Katya,
who was born in 1986. (Katya is really the musician in the family,
with a great voice.)
Fluor asked me to move again so in 1992, we sold
our house and went to Greenville, South Carolina, where I became
their Global Contracts Manager. This was also a great move. We truly
enjoyed living there, the lifestyle, the people, and the location.
All good things had to come to an end so we moved
to Houston, Texas, in 1995. Houston is still our home but we did
move to Kuwait for two years and I spent nearly a year in Louisiana.
Apart from the hurricanes, the heat and the humidity, Houston has
been a good place to live.
After 27 years I retired from Fluor and joined
Chevron in 2003, still in Houston. We will stay here until Katya
graduates from college when will I finally retire and we decide
to move to __? When I look back I really have been most fortunate
in having a companion such as Sigi, who has put up with me over
all these years (and all the moves) and a daughter, Katya, who puts
up with a dad who still thinks he can sing.
My music tastes are varied. I love to listen to
Little Feat, Solas, Annie Lennox, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Herbie Hancock,
Ry Cooder etc: Once in a while I manage to hear some of that great
R&B and rock I used to listen to on Radio Luxembourg and pirate
stations back in the 60’s. It is still as fresh to me to day.
My contact address is below.
6406 Walston Bend Drive
Sugar Land, TX, 77479, USA