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Remembering Ma Nugent   --   Dated: 8Jun2006

Ted Nugent's tamer lyrics run along the lines of "My Baby Likes My Butter on Her Grits" and the St. Viator alum once admitted to urinating on a nun.

But his mother? A 28-year Palatine resident when she died in 1989, Marion Dorothy "Ma" Nugent deserves a memorial in the center of town.

So avers Eric Kinkel, who is leading efforts to have a 1,200-pound stone monument in honor of Ma Nugent erected in front of Durty Nellie's, where he's presenting a concert fundraiser Sunday to forward the plan.

"I also want an honorary street name for her. Her support of the Midwest rock scene was huge," said Kinkel, 47, a long-time Nugent family friend.

What does Ma Nugent's famous son think of all this?

He's currently touring Europe , so don't expect him at the benefit. His secretary sent along the following sentiments from Ted, though, about his late mother:

"My mother & father provided me the structure & hardcore discipline to be the best that I can be, which of course is mandatory for the American Dream and quality of life overall.

"Where my dad performed the quintessential drill sergeant duties, literally, and baptized me to the higher level of awareness of my sacred mystical flight of the arrow thru bowhunting, my beloved mother, Marion Dorothy Nugent, provided immeasurable positive support, a glowing sense of humor & was my role model for being happy and buoyant.

"That pretty much defines my life to this day."

The Remembering Ma concert will feature Dirty Dan Buck and the Boyzz, the band that opens for Nugent when he performs in the area. Shortly after Dan Buck founded the group in 1975, Ma Nugent started showing up at all their concerts.

"Lots of times, we'd be packing up after a concert and she'd invite us over to her house. We'd play cards until 5 or 6 in the morning, and eat whatever Ted's fresh kill of the week was. Eggs and caribou or whatever for breakfast," Buck said. (Nugent, an avid hunter and NRA advocate, claims he hasn't eaten any meat he hasn't killed himself since the late 1970s)

"Ma's an unsung hero," Buck added, "She had an advice column in the Illinois Entertainer. She was like the Dear Abby of the rock kids' world. Didn't sugar-coat anything."

Kinkel met Marion Nugent in 1980, at a promotional event for Illinois Entertainer.

They had, he said, an instant connection, although Kinkel didn't know much about Ted other the chorus of "Cat Scratch Fever."

"We just hit it off. She accepted me in ways that my own mother didn't. I had the long hair, the rock and roll culture. She was open minded to all that," Kinkel said. "I remember once I got my hair cut, cut it all off, and went over and showed her. She grabbed my cheeks and said, 'Don't worry honey, I love you this way too.'"

Kinkel was soon squiring Ma to see everyone from Dirty Dan to Billy Joel. He also went on more than a few blind dates she arranged for him "Yeah, none of that ever worked out for me," he said. "Still single."

When Kinkel decided his own band wasn't destined for superstardom, he talked it out with Ma.

"I told her I didn't think I was going to make a living at my music. She looked me dead in the eye and said, 'Well then, you must do good with your music.' "That inspires me to this day," he said.

Ma Nugent Remembered
8 p.m. Sunday
Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine

$15 (must be 21 or older)

(847) 358-9150

Copyright 2006 - Eagle Eye Productions, P.O. Box 95242, Palatine, IL. 60095-0242