So, I dreamed I knew The Monkees, and they (as young fellas) got booked at a biker bar in the South by an agent. I had to tell them it was a biker bar, and although I know some bikers who like the Monkees, this was likely not that kind of group. Their Agent told them it was a much different venue. The mister said “You know the Monkees?” I said “Oh, sure, I used to talk to them on the phone all the time.” So, while I was getting ready to tell them the clientele was not young teenie bopper girls, I was distracted by something in my daughter’s old room. I went in to find someone running out in this costume….wearing a furry stuffed animal head, with some sort of pillow case attached to where you could not see the arms. This person took off out the door, so I went to find him/her. Only thing I found was some dogs running loose in another neighborhood. A collie, a greyhound and a spaniel. When I got home, my sister Trish was here with tacos and flowers to take to a cemetery. And we were out of mountain dew.
August 21st, 1996 a young girl named Trudy Appleby went missing from her home in Moline, IL. She was last seen leaving her driveway in a grey/silver car with a male driver in his early 20’s with dark curly hair and a ball cap. She was 11 years old. She has never been seen or heard from since. Trudy Appleby was my neighbor girl. She was like one of my own kids. We lived in a good neighborhood, a safe neighborhood.
Trudy Appleby’s mother never gave up looking for her daughter. She always held out hope that soon we would find her. But, Trudy’s mother was worried that people would forget about her if this drug on a long time. I promised Trudy’s mother that I would do my best to not let folks forget about her if it came to that.
Well, the days turned into weeks, the weeks into months and the months into years and the years into decades. Trudy’s mother died in 2014 in a tragic accident never knowing what happened to her only child.
There have been leads and rumors abound since that fateful day in 1996, when a little girl seemingly disappeared off the face of the earth. Recently, in August of this year, shortly before the 21st anniversary of her disappearance, a suspect was publicly named by the Moline Police Department. The suspect is William “Ed” Smith, now deceased, formerly of East Moline, (Campbell’s Island) A witness came forward to place Trudy with the suspect on the day she disappeared.
In October of this year, a search was made on Campbell’s Island after cadaver dogs detected the scent of human remains. This was after another tip to the police. While no human remains were found, some items were excavated and sent for processing. Nothing has been made public about the findings at this time.
Trudy left her home with someone she knew, and met a terrible fate, never to return home.
Someone out there knows what happened to this little girl, and someone out there still knows where she is. It is highly likely that she is no longer alive, and was buried somewhere by the perpetrators. Someone knows what happened to her and someone knows where she is. Her family, friends and everyone who has so diligently worked on this case for the last 21 years need to know where she can be found so we can lay her to rest.
Someone once commented that they were tired of hearing me talk about Trudy….she stated “This isn’t about YOU.” No, it isn’t….it never has been. It is about an 11 year old girl who never got a chance to be a little girl, or grow into an adult. It is about a mother who died never knowing what happened to her only child. It is about a family and friends who have spent the last 21 years not knowing where she is, not knowing what happened to her. It is about justice for Trudy Appleby. It is about not letting anyone forget about her, and I will not stop talking about her until she is found. Justice for Trudy!
Billy Crystal is making a movie about having a resort for rescued and retired working, show and hero dogs. In the movie, I am screening the people bringing the dogs. One dog is a yorkie named Fay, and another dog is an older Chinese Crested named Jasper. Jasper is 12 years old, and has skin conditions. Jasper was a hero dog, having saved his owner’s life once. His owner just can’t treat his skin conditions anymore, as it has gotten too costly and he has not much time left. So, he brought him to this resort so he can live out the rest of his life in comfort while getting the treatment he so deserves.
Jasper passes away eventually, and we have a service in the dog cemetery. During the service someone tries to steal a couple of the dogs. But, we catch him. Lo and behold, it is my friend’s husband.
When I woke from my dream, I told my friend about this, and she said “Why in the world would he steal a dog?” I said “Well, I don’t know why he would do that. But, it was a dream about a movie, so perhaps he was an actor playing the part of a dog thief.” She replied “Yeah….my sisters and I were extras in a movie once, and he was pretty jealous about that.”
I’m at my workplace, during a conference and having a staff picnic. There are 3 buildings on the grounds….the main tower, a conference building with a fireplace, nice leather furniture and tables, and of course a “break area” with tables, chairs, kitchen appliances, etc.
Something happens to a coworker’s child and she is rushed to the hospital. While awaiting news of her child, she is told it’s an unexcused absence if she does not go back to her duties. After testing and monitoring, it is determined the child is going to be fine. With that good news, we go to the break area to finish our picnic.
While there, I am talking about a certain car commercial that pits the 2 Mr Spocks from Star Trek together, the original Mr Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and the new Mr Spock from the latest movie coming out. Suddenly, Leonard Nimoy appears….he is wearing baggy old man pants and a teeshirt. His hair is long and he is carrying his golf clubs. After he gets there, in walks Bill Clinton, who says to me “Who do I remind you of right now?” Then, in a blink of an eye, he turns into William Shatner going thru various phases of Captain Jim Kirk, from young to older. He is giving Leonard a hard time about the commercial. At that point, Leonard Nimoy says “I always have been and always shall be your friend” and leaves to go play golf.
The party then moves to the conference center, where in front of the fireplace lie all my dogs…staring at me. I said “How the hell did you guys get here?” And I wake up to find all my dogs in the bedroom staring at me.
Live long and prosper folks.