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Fans Visit With Randy at Borders

A little "one on one" with Randy Owen

Country music fans wound around shelves of books waiting for Alabama front man Randy Owen on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at Borders in Orland Park. Owen was in town to sign copies of his book, "Born Country," as well as his first solo disc, "One on One."

Excited fans of the band began lining up as early as 11:30 a.m. to wait for Owen's 7:30 p.m. appearance.

"I have been an Alabama fan for a long time and I really like all of their music," said Doreen Rubin of Chicago.

"The music is really inspirational and I like how they give back to communities and to St. Jude," added Donna Stroup of Schererville, Ind.
Bambi Marion and Ruthie Bolam drove from Peoria to get their books autographed.

"We brought him a birthday cake because his birthday is Saturday," Bolam said.

The two have been listening to Alabama since the band started in the early 80s.

"We went to the June Jam back in 1985 and I lived in my car for three days," Bolam said.

"We went to a concert back in 2002 and waited in the cold after the show to meet them," Marion said. "Randy is awesome - very humble and he has a good soul."

Orland Park resident Karen Weissenstein had received her book from her daughter for her birthday and had already read it before coming to the signing.

"The book is good. I've just been a fan since the early 80s and I have been to about 20 concerts," Weissenstein said. "Their music just brings a lot of people together and it's very family-oriented."

As Owen signed books, he talked with fans.

"What would be your favorite thing to get for Christmas?" he asked Jan Nielsen of Crete.

"This," she replied, holding up the newly autographed book.

Nielsen planned to give them as Christmas presents.

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