In 1939, I first met Gene. I started at the Hickory House in 1938. So Gene and I had been friends for over 30 years. I guess that everything that has been said about the man has been said before me. TO READ THE FULL STORY: Subscribe NowLOG IN Read this article +get instant access TO 45 YEARS of Modern Drummer issues WITH A DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION for just $4.99 month with no contract!