As kids our homes were a few blocks apart and we attended the same schools, tho at different times. Howie was about 5 years older than I, and regrettably, I never knew him well. What I do remember though, from around '70 or so, was discovering a band rehearsing, and just sitting on the grass and listening for a while outside the basement window of his folks house. Could have been Howie's band, I don't know. When music was in the air on summer nights, it usually came from the direction of the Epstein home.
Thanks for allowing me to share this. Can't believe it's Ten years since we lost Howie.
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