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Last Tuesday my friend Rick called me in the morning and said “Neil Young is in the building”… what?… I asked where he was and he said “at the Research and Innovation Centre” and that Neil’s bus is in the parking lot. I told him that I had heard Neil was traveling across the country from California to Washington DC filming the trip for a movie about the alternative fuel car he had developed called LincVolt. I had seen an article about his stop in South Dakota and had been following the information provided on LincVolt’s website and Facebook page, also web postings of one of his film/photography people. I thought a stop may be scheduled for Detroit where LincVolt was originally built in 1959.

I asked Rick to tell Neil I said hello if he ran into him and we ended the call.

 

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Rick mentioned when he was outside looking at the transport vehicles that he talked to the bus driver for about 20 minutes and he showed them the inside of the trailer, which houses the LincVolt at night and also has an exercise room.

 

 

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Rick called me back about an hour later and said he was standing about 20 feet from LincVolt and Neil was playing music in the car for some guys in suits, I said I’d bet he’s doing a demo of the high-resolution sound system he’s working on called “Pono”, Rick said he was playing Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five”… then I could hear Dylan’s “Blowing in the Wind” through the phone… I thought… cool, I’m listening to a quality hi-res music system demonstration on my lowest quality old cell phone!… but I loved it, almost like being there.

 

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He also talked to one of Neil’s video production people who was wearing a LincVolt jacket and told him about his cameo in Neil’s most recent movie, “Journeys”… again, being in the right place at the right time…

 

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