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« on: May 06, 2015, 06:51:23 PM »

New to the board but been a lurker for a while, of everything I've read I have never heard the Bruce pistol whipping story? Is it a board in-joke or does it have a back story? Excuse my naivety  Tongue
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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2015, 07:24:13 PM »

It's my understanding that it involved an altercation between Bruce and Phil Spector
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« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2015, 07:37:55 PM »

Can that be expanded? I know Bruce didn't get on with Jack Rieley but I can't find anything about Spector altercations
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« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2015, 07:57:39 PM »

From what I understand, Bruce actually saved Ronald Reagan, governor of California at the time, from an intruder at the governor's mansion by pistol whipping an unnamed suspect some time in 1973. At least that's how he explained it me, after calling President Obama an asshole in mid 2012 for raising his taxes.

Now mind you, it's been a few years, my memory might be off.
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« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2015, 08:02:31 PM »

From the reports I've read, he used a mikestand.  Wink
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« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2015, 08:05:34 PM »

I heard Bruce was going to be with Reagan on that fateful day in 1980 when he got shot but he was getting some custom made shorts so I guess your story checks out...
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« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2015, 08:44:25 PM »

Really tho, its one of those stories mentioned on the board that I have absolutely no clue about  LOL
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« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2015, 10:05:46 PM »

I understand that it just doesn't get discussed, on pain-of
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« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2015, 10:12:11 PM »

"Why no Bruce I wasn't talking about the incident.... yes Bruce of course he is socialist scum....I loved Going Public..... just don't hurt me"
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« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2015, 11:01:55 PM »

There's this from Evenreven in 2006:
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Bruce Johnston Appreciation Thread

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Great songwriter, arranger, and pistol-whipper. What's not to love.

http://smileysmile.net/board/index.php/topic,684.15/wap2.html

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Oh, and Bruce reads this forum.  Grin
I see a pistol whipping in my future.... Shocked

And there's the fact that, according to Wikipedia, Bruce Johnston was "the leader of one of the most notorious gangs in the history of Pennsylvania, USA. The gang started in the 1960s and was rounded up in 1978 after his son, Bruce Jr, testified against him." Bruce Sr. was sentenced to 6 consecutive life sentences and died in prison.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Johnston_%28criminal%29

But I don't know anything about it.
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« Reply #10 on: May 07, 2015, 04:29:41 AM »

From the reports I've read, he used a mikestand.  Wink

Before the beating began, Bruce sneered,

"Sometimes you adjust the mike stand, sometimes the mike stand adjusts you."
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« Reply #11 on: May 07, 2015, 05:41:13 AM »

Bruce served a 7 year sentence from '72-'79 for pistol whipping a bell hop. Allegedly, the bell hop addressed him as "Mr. Johnson" and that set Bruce off into a fury of anger.
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« Reply #12 on: May 07, 2015, 05:44:45 AM »

Wow, I'll bet that guy had some tears in the morning. 
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« Reply #13 on: May 07, 2015, 06:26:26 AM »

It was historical.
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« Reply #14 on: May 07, 2015, 01:39:45 PM »

It was historical.
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« Reply #15 on: May 07, 2015, 01:41:28 PM »

Mmm, pistol whip...

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« Reply #16 on: May 25, 2015, 11:24:58 AM »

Years of clapping have made Bruce's hands harder than the butt of any firearm. Bruce clapping you to death is a far worse fate.
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« Reply #17 on: May 25, 2015, 12:38:39 PM »

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« Reply #18 on: May 25, 2015, 01:35:57 PM »

Wow, I'll bet that guy had some tears in the morning. 
I turned out okay in the end, though - he believes in love again.
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