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'Ma' Nugent honored in Palatine

Friday, August 3, 2007 12:35 AM CDT
Times Correspondent

Ted Nugent gazes at monument unveiled to his mother Marion Dorothy Nugent

Motor City Madman Ted Nugent was present and accounted for Wednesday in his hometown of Palatine, Ill. just prior to his early evening Star Productions-produced concert at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan.

The outspoken guitarist known for wearing loincloths and riding on stage atop a buffalo, has a new CD titled, "Love Grenade," that detonates worldwide Sept. 4.

Ted was in his old hometown of Palatine to attend the dedication of a 7,800-pound stone monument honoring his late mother, Marion "Ma" Nugent, herself a Palatine resident for nearly 30 years.

The monument project, which now stands in front of Durty Nellie's eatery and music pub in downtown Palatine, was spearheaded by local musician and Palatine resident Eric Kinkel.

"After she passed away in 1988, there was never anything done to honor Ted's mom in a way that she should be remembered," Kinkel said. After discussing his plans with Ted and Durty Nellie's club owner Mark Dolezal, along with Palatine's Mayor Rita Mullins, Kinkel proceeded with his project.

Aside from giving birth to one of rock 'n' roll's most colorful rock stars, "Ma" Nugent, as she was affectionately known, scribed a very popular advice columnist called "Ma Nugent's Mail" in the pages of The Illinois Entertainer from 1980 to 1988.

Ma also was a very familiar face at local concert halls and clubs where she would go out and support regional bands, often doing her part to inspire them to "be the best they could be."

I also wrote for the I.E. during Ma's time there and we often crossed paths over the years.

Like most who knew her, I found "Ma" to be an amazing woman, full of warmth, compassion, determination and considerable humor. Not to mention, she was a darn good writer and a huge music fan. It's fitting that she has been honored and remembered in such a way. Kudos to Mr. Kinkel.

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