So know it’s 1962 and my Dad’s store is just down the block from the house and we were all out terrorizing the neighbors and my dad shows up and wants the kids to choose the packages for the new strings….I remember this vividly, ( Kind of weird because I was seven) and he stuck his right hand out and showed us this wacky string package that was in black and white….then he pulled his left hand out and there was a hot pink day glo version of the same artwork…..It was unanimous the day glo won……He called them Slinky’s.
So now we know that Sherwood became Ernie. From there my dad got married to a singer from Oklahoma. They had a son Sherwood and then the Korean war broke out. My grandpa had a pal at the draft board who told him that Ernie was pretty much next. My grandpa had another pal in the union who told him that there was an opening in the Air Force Marching Band in Chandler, Arizona for a bass drum player. PERFECT! Steel guitar/Bass drum, no problem.
Hi, My name is Sterling Ball and this is my first Blog. The webmasters insisted that we have a Blog. I always thought that guys with blogs are kind of self important and pompous. I guess that may be why they want me to have one. We put this blog on the eye candy page featuring our latest Ball Family Reserve instruments to lure you in….(Also I can look at the page views and secretly take credit for the blog when it was really the pic’s) Two of my Sons who are very active in the business will be coming along posting their side of the story. Big Poppa had to go first.