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Getting in the last word

 ‘Motor City Madman’ never at a loss for something to say

Posted Monday, August 06, 2007

Ted Nugent’s quick visit to Palatine last week wasn’t without memorable moments.

The rock star was at Durty Nellie’s tavern to unveil a 7,800-pound stone to honor his late mother, Marion “Ma” Nugent, who lived in Palatine for more than 20 years.

Here’s some of the talk that happened behind the scenes.

As Ted went up to hug Palatine Mayor Rita Mullins: “Let’s snuggle with the mayor,” he said.


Ted, talking about the possibility of playing one day at Durty Nellie’s: “I bet I’d rock this place out.”


… And commenting on the landscape: “This ain’t the same Northwest suburbs. There is so much concrete here.”


Eric Kinkel, the local musician who organized the tribute to “Ma”: “My favorite Ted memory is when he came home to Palatine one time. We got in a truck, drove to the local K-Mart and bought a BB gun.”


And, of course, Ted talking about “Ma”: “My mom is with me every day. That’s why I’m so funny.”


Palatine resident Mary Tallman, who brought her two sons to see the Motor City Madman: “My sons always say that nothing ever happens in Palatine. Well, here ya go.”

—Sara Faiwell

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