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Not just his imagination: Friend sets up meetings with the Temptations

March 04, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • Ann Spottswood (seated) and her husband, Albert Spottswood (center), meet up with the Temptations, from left, Terry Weeks, Joe Herndon, Ron Tyson, Bruce Williamson, Otis Williams at the Weinberg Center in Frederick, Md., on Feb. 12.
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WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Forty-four years after first attending a Temptations concert, a former classmate was able to introduce a friend to the musicians.

Albert Spottswood was receiving rehabilitation therapy following surgery when his friend, Sally Manning, promised him the meet-and-greet session.

“He was definitely in recovery mode at that point and for her to say, ‘Get ready for the Frederick (Md.) show,’ it was marvelous. It couldn’t have come at a better time,” said Ann Spottswood, Albert’s wife.

Manning fulfilled that promise to Spottswood not once, but twice, in February.

“He just had the biggest grin on his face. He just beamed. ... I was so glad I could do that for him,” Manning said.

Spottswood and Manning, who both live in Waynesboro, graduated from Waynesboro Area Senior High School in 1966. Two years later, Manning started seeing The Temptations in concert because of her love of the Motown sound.

Spottswood also latched onto the music when serving during the Vietnam War, something he discussed with Temptations bass singer Joe Herndon, who was also deployed in that war.

“I said, ‘Your music is what got him through Vietnam,’” Manning said.

Ann Spottswood said the two veterans talked like only they could.

Through the Internet, Manning developed a contact within the band’s administrative office. She used that contact to arrange several meet-and-greet sessions with her 14-year-old grandson, Zachary, in the past few years.

The Temptations, including founding member Otis Williams, talked with Spottswood on Feb. 12 in Frederick and Feb. 23 in Shippensburg, Pa.

“The concerts were very, very uplifting,” Ann Spottswood said.

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