John Tempelaere-Ionia,M at the country/Bluegrass jam at Ionia, MI. John told me a story that I am going to relate to you. It might not be exactly the way he told it to me but you must realize that he was standing three feet away from me and perhaps backgound noise interfered with my hearing the story correctly. Or maybe I’m deaf . When John was seven yers old his mother sent him to school to read music. Then as time went by he wanted to play violin in school but they didn’t have a teacher for the violin. They got him a violin and some books and told him to go at it. When he was fifteen years old he saw an ad in the Mother Earth News about someone wanting a farm hand in eastern. He took off for on his bicycle. He rode from Michigan on the back roads to Tennessee and stopped at stores along the way and bought food that was on sale. He worked on the farm for a month and while he was there he went to all the little towns around there and recorded the fiddle music in that area. All the towns had their own musicians for entertainment. There was no TV in those parts back then.