No fear, Ted Nugent is here
August 10, 2007
By Duaa Eldeib Staff writer, Daily Southtown
A sore and tired Jim Volpe saw the light at the end of the tunnel -- and
it took the form of a long-haired, guitar-carting Ted Nugent.
Volpe said he suffered neck and back injuries last month when someone by
the name of Jimbo took away his camcorder and put him in a headlock as he
attempted to photograph and film part of Nugent's performance at Chicago Ridge's
Although the 49-year-old from Chicago Ridge began physical therapy and
continues to miss work because of his injuries, all is not lost.
"My hero called me," Volpe said.
Following the phone call, Volpe's pain was soothed some more when he met
Nugent earlier this week
"He shook my hand and asked me how I was doing," an overjoyed
Volpe said. "I picked the right guy to be my hero."
As for Jimbo, Chicago Ridge police are still looking for the husky man
-- possibly associated with the audio company that provided sound for the fest
-- known only by his nickname, Chief Tim Baldermann said.
Volpe, who is considering legal action, has one message for the man who
prevented him from taking pictures of the rock star he's idolized for more than
"I got one," Volpe said. "And it's autographed."
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