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March 05, 2009

Missing Vince Bilardo

I was saddened to read of the passing of Vince Bilardo (2/26, Local, “KC drummer Vince Bilardo, mentor to other musicians, dies”). Having been a bunny at the Hotel Continental Playboy Club, I got to know him well. He was always supportive, fun and professional. He was very dear to all of us.

As the first African-American bunny at the club, I found his support and advice invaluable.

The last time I saw Vince and his wife, Joanie, was at the Folly Theater. He was, as always, the consummate gentleman.

Thank you. You will be missed.

Lea Hopkins
Leawood

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