1 Ric12string 9 months ago Some of you may recall that I celebrated a milestone birthday this past Sunday. Many of my friends have asked me what it was that I did that made it perhaps my best birthday ever. So, I thought that I would share a bit about it with you.We all have bucket list items, even if we haven't formally prepared a written bucket list. One of the things that has long been on my bucket list has been a visit to the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame museum on the shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland, Ohio. As I began to think through the possibility of making such a trip, I called up Proteus and asked him if he would have any interest in meeting me in Cleveland to tour the museum. After he agreed to do so, however, the idea quickly morphed into an adventure that we would share with a handful of other GDPers. For logistical reasons, we had to keep the number pretty small so that we could books rooms and find restaurants with enough empty chairs to seat us at one time. So, if there are any of you who might have also enjoyed visiting the museum with us, my apologies in advance. Maybe we can do another visit sometime in the future. Or maybe even hold a Roundup there???The museum is filled with some of the most amazing artifacts from rock 'n' roll's history. Among others, there were the original lyric sheets by the songwriters, recording or performance contracts, clothing worn by artists in famous videos or on stage, and more holy grail guitars than you could shake a stick at.The Hall of Fame was established in 1983 by Ahmet Ertegun, founder of Atlantic Records and members were first inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1986. However, the actual construction of a museum did not come about until a bit later. The museum was completed and dedicated on September 1, 1995, with the ribbon having been cut by a group that included Little Richard and Yoko Ono.While there are only several thousand items on display in the museum, the Hall of Fame owns approximately 30,000 items and rotates displays periodically from that collection.In addition to honoring the inductees into the Hall of Fame, the museum also chronicles the history of rock 'n' roll music, both with the written word and with audio video presentations.So, why Cleveland? Well, it has to do with Alan Freed, a Cleveland radio disc jockey who was the first to coin the phrase "rock 'n' roll." He was instrumental in breaking many new acts with his radio show. Also, after the potential locations had been winnowed down to Cleveland and Memphis, a 1986 national poll was conducted by USA Today newspaper and Cleveland was the top vote-getter. I would suppose that a grant of $65 Million from the City of Cleveland didn't hurt much either.I will periodically post some photographs in the coming weeks and months of some of the artifacts on display in the museum that I found most interesting. If you are not interested, my apologies in advance. If, however, you are like me and share an interest in the history of rock 'n' roll music, then I hope that you will find this to be of some value to you.As they say in huge block letters in front of the Museum, "Long Live Rock."