Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

About 170 Parrot Heads at First Mixer

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

About 170 Parrot Heads at First Mixer

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ATLANTIC BEACH -- The Sea Turtle Inn tried to patch in Jimmy

Buffett music through its satellite radio system during the

first Beaches Parrot Head Club mixer Thursday, but it didn't

work out.

Since Parrot Heads, Buffett fans, have few Changes in Attitude,

Wade Tucker grabbed a boom box from his car and some Buffett

compact discs to give the gathering a Margaritaville feel.

Rick Mann, of Atlantic Beach, wanted to join a local club after

eating many a Cheeseburger in Paradise while vacationing in

Key West, Buffett's home base.

"We always play a lot of Jimmy Buffett music on the way to the

Keys, while we're there and on the way back," Mann said. "It's a

Jimmy Buffett state of mind when you're down there in the Keys."

When Mann returned from his annual trip south, he searched the

Internet and found no club in Northeast Florida.

"I thought, it's about time we had one," he said.

Judging from the logic birds of a feather flock together, Scott

Nickerson started the first Parrot Head Club in 1989 where he

lives, in Duluth, Ga. -- an Atlanta suburb.

Timothy Schmidt, bass player for the Eagles, coined the phrase

Parrot Head when he was playing with Buffett at a concert in the

early 1980s. Schmidt said the crowd looked like Grateful Dead

fans, Deadheads, but in tropical outfits.

Nickerson had only the Atlanta area in mind when he started the

club, but now there are 96 Parrot Head Clubs -- including two in

Canada and one in Australia.

"I just wanted to use Jimmy Buffett as a medium to bring people

with similar interests together," Nickerson said.

The club also requires groups to do community service projects.

"It's different from just a regular fan club," Mann explained.

"It gives a chance for fellow Parrot Heads to join together and

help others out. …

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