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Worm: Wenatchee's ties to the Fireballs

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Remember Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs? Well, neither did the Worm. But a quick listen to a Youtube recording of Sugar Shack, and the memories come floating back. So, what's that have to do with Wenatchee? Turns out, Gilmer's sister lives here.

The World's librarian and chief researcher Linda Barta happens to be reading "Echoes of the Sixties," a profile of 43 composers and performers who influenced "an entire generation," according to the book. Written by Marti Smiley Childs and Jeff March, the book was first published in 1999 by Billboard Books, and released last year electronically.

In it, the authors interviewed Gilmer, and he mentions his sister, Jane, who lives in Wenatchee with her husband, Don Reichert.

Linda, being the researcher that she is, decided to check out the tie, and found that his mother, Elizabeth Gilmer, lived in East Wenatchee, moving here a few years before she died in 2005.

Survivors included her daughter, Jane Reichert, of Wenatchee, and "James A. 'Jimmy' Gilmer of Nashville, Tenn." Attempts to locate Jane were unsuccessful, but if you see her, you might tell her the Worm is looking for her to ask about being the sister of someone deemed to influence a generation of us who grew up in the 1960s.

Just wondering how much he influenced his own sister. Or, perhaps, she influenced him?

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