I was reminded this week that I once successfully employed the Def Leppard Method of Babysitting when my oldest daughter was an infant.

That’s because I had the chance to interview and meet Rick Allen, who has been the drummer for Def Leppard since the late 1970s. Allen was appearing at Wentworth Gallery in King of Prussia, PA, along with his art exhibit “Rick Allen: Angels and Icons” in conjunction with a Def Leppard concert the following evening in nearby Allentown, PA. Wentworth Gallery curator Tom Curley, a dear friend with whom I have worked many times on stories, invited me to do a piece on Rick’s appearance and come out to the gallery and meet the rock star.

Talking to Rick took me back to 1988 when I became a father for the first time. In those days, we were a young family that needed to have two working … Read more