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Ray “Harpo”



A lot of people know me as “Harpo”. I moved back to Dubuque in ’71, and I’ve lived here ever since. I came back because all my friends are here and the music scene was good here.

I tell everyone I majored in fluorescents and rock and roll and minored in ping pong the year I went to college. I collect florescent lightbulbs, and I’ve been interested in light bulbs ever since I was a little kid because I couldn’t see well out of my left eye when I was a kid and light fascinated me. I’m a big baseball fan, and I try to get along with everyone. There’s a lot of hate in this world and a lot of people may not like you because of race, sexuality, or religion, but I’ve always thought it was a good idea to get along with everybody no matter who you are. I don’t have too many enemies in this world, and I try to keep it that way. I’m not rich, and I don’t have a lot of money, but that’s okay.