Check out these, never before seen, shots of Roky Erickson at Jack Ortman's old bookstore in Austin circa 1984. This event was for a book signing by "Eyebeam" cartoonist Sam Hurt. Roky was wearing his "7-11" worker's smock! The Photographer's name is Chris Furner.
Eyebeam was a daily comic strip created and published by Sam Hurt at the U. of Texas at Austin. Its popularity led to it being picked up by other newspapers outside of Austin. The strip ran in U. at Austin's Daily Texan from 1980–1990, though examples from 1978-1979 exist. In 1983, Austin's daily paper, the American-Statesman, picked up the strip. Other newspapers around the United States followed suit, although Eyebeam's family of subscribers was never greater than a few dozen.
Roky looked like he was having a ball! Does Jack look like the evil Mephisto character he has been portrayed as by *some* who used to be in Roky's Circle? No! Those people are now OUT and doing stuff like suing poor Roky and (I've heard) breaking into his home and stealing memorabila. So their true colors have shown just like one can recognize a tuba note from a wet fart. SHAME! SHAME! SHAME!
New time you see Jack somewhere be sure to tell him "thanks" for helping to take care of Roky in the Seventies and Eighties; booking him gigs, driving him to them, taking him home afterwards, RECORDING the gigs, doing the Roky Books for the fans, more...