Susan R.

As interviewed by Garrison F., March 18, 2018

Susan R.: In her own words

[Susan] Well, I was a seventeen-year-old in eleventh grade, at Northbrook high school, in Houston.

[Garrison] Tell us about your story.

[Susan] I just happened to be listening to a radio station that had been on the radio in Houston for a long time, that played a lot of pop music. It was 104 KRBE. It was in the evening, I believe it was a Friday night, and my best friend was on her way to come pick me up, ‘cause we were going to go to a night club, for high schoolers.

On her way there, I, again, I was getting ready in my bedroom, and I was listening to the radio, and I was about to change the radio station from 104 to a new station, 107.5, which played a lot of indie, alternative rock at the time. It was a new station, it was really cool, and right before I was going to my stereo to change it, the song by the Cranberries called “Zombie” came on, and “Oh, wait, I love this song.” So, it was one of my other favorite bands.

So, I ended up not changing the station, and at the end of “Zombie,” the radio station says: “Call now, we’re giving away tickets to the Go-Go’s, they’ll be in concert at the Tower Theatre,” and right away I jumped to my phone, dialed the number, and it started ringing. All of a sudden, somebody in the radio station answered the phone, and says “Thank you for calling, what’s your name?”

I said, “This is Susan!”

And they said, “Well, you’ve just won tickets to the Go-Go’s.”

And I just went into shock, I kind of paused, and I said, “You’re kidding.”

And they said “No!” and I kind of chuckled.

And I said “No,” I said, “you’re kidding me, right?” and they said

“No, we’re not kidding, you just won tickets!” And I just couldn’t believe it, I was just in such disbelief, and they were kind of laughing, and they said “And, you actually won backstage passes too!” And I just that’s it, I fell out, and I just started freaking out, I think I was crying. And, just, with excitement.

Anyway, they got my information down, but right away they said, “You have to be eighteen,” and I said,

“Yes, I’m eighteen,” and right away I just gave them my sister’s information. Of course, she was nineteen at the time.

You know, they said “Okay, well you’re going to have to come pick up the tickets at some point.”

End the phone conversation, and then next thing you know, my best friend shows up, she walks in my bedroom, and I go “Linnea, you’re not going to believe what just happened.” And she just was ecstatic and could not believe.

Of course, the Go-Go’s was one of her favorite bands of all time, because we both were listening to the Go-Go’s since we were six years old. My best friend, would listen to the records, just all the time, and act like we were in a band ourselves, and take tennis rackets and act like they were guitars, and do little fake concerts for her mom and friends that would be over. Among other few favorites, they were our top favorite band.

[Garrison] The other concert goers, were they your age, were they older? Tell me about them.

[Susan] You had to be eighteen to get in. We were the youngest people there. There were probably twenty’s, and close to, thirty-year-old’s, for sure! Lots of people were looking at us, like “Oh, that’s cute, you know, we have these young girls here!”

[Garrison] Finally, how have you personally changed since the nineties?

[Susan] Not much, I still feel like I’m eighteen. That’s the interesting thing about growing up and being forty.

In fact, if I could tell you a quick story, Jonathan and I went to eat at Mod Pizza. After we finished our pizza, I was looking around and I realized, I was the oldest person in the establishment. And I was like: “You’re kidding me, Jonathan, I am the oldest person here.” I don’t even feel like I’m that old enough to be responsible for ten to fifteen young people!

In that sense, because you walk into an establishment, you think we’re all ages, and I just looked around and I realized, oh my gosh, all these people are twenty. Teens to twenty-five, max. All the employees there were all under twenty-five, and I just thought that was so hilarious. I’m like, “I haven’t aged,” like, I still feel like a kid, I still feel like I’m eighteen or I’m in high school and I can tell you about the concert and how the way it made me feel.

Those experiences are what keep you young, because then you have these memories. As long as you create memories, then you’ll always have this timeless sense of being, where you don’t feel old, you’re not aging. Age is just a number.

So, I have changed in maturity of course, and knowledge and experience. I’m just eighteen-year-old Susan that just won tickets off the radio for the Go-Go’s.