Roosevelt Field Mall
Long Island, NY
November 30, 1996
In late 1996, "Weird Al" was doing a series of promotions at Sam Goody to promote their CD "Besta Polka." "Besta Polka" was a limited edition CD with great polka stars on it including great tunes by Al, Frankie Yankovic, Brave Combo, and Jimmy Sturr, among others. As one of his stops, Al was scheduled to do a session in a Sam Goody in the Roosevelt Field Mall in Long Island, NY on November 30, 1996. When I found out, I made arrangements with my friend Stephen to go and get Al's autograph. I had decided that I wanted Al to sign my ankle and have it tattooed over later that evening.
Stephen and I left fairly early, because we were coming from New Jersey and although we had directions to the mall, we weren't sure of the traffic patterns or how long it would take us. Plus we wanted to make sure we would get there early enough to be near the beginning of the line. As it turned out, traffic was surprisingly light and we only took about an hour to get there. We found the Sam Goody and a line was starting but it was only a few dozen people long so we decided to do a little shopping and get lunch. As the time for Al to show up arrived we went back and waited in line.
After about an hour in line it was finally our turn. By now the line had extended way out into the mall, so we were happy we only had to wait for an hour. Stephen went first and got his "Best Polka" CD signed. Al recognized me from a couple of concerts I had been at earlier in the summer, but I was still nervous as I asked Al if he would sign my ankle. He was a little surprised at the request, but a gentleman about it and took his time to sign his name with care. Meanwhile, Stephen took my camera and got some great pictures.
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