Todd Rundgren And His/My/Your Friendship Tree

16 Mar

I’ve been a big Todd Rundgren fan since about 1975 or so.

So, imagine my excitement when, in June of 1996, I found myself in his home in Woodstock, New York.

Well, Todd was not there. He was in the process of moving to Hawaii – and he was having an Estate Sale at his Woodstock home.

My friend R and I went. Nothing could stop us.

Here’s R – posing at the Mink Hollow Road sign:

and me, too:

The  street sign has significance because Todd put out an album in 1977 called “Hermit Of Mink Hollow

Anyway, R and I were there – inside Todd’s house! Buying his stuff! Peering into the window of his recording studio!

We had found Utopia!

I purchased Todd’s pagoda. I like to think it is a spiritual connection.

Here it is residing in Woodstock:

And here it is residing in my Mother-In-Law’s yard in Long Island:

In his Woodstock home, Todd had a playroom for the kids, and there was a sand box. In that sand box, I found a leaf of a Jade Plant. Also known as a Friendship Tree.

I pocketed that leaf.

I took it home and planted it.

It grew.

Eventually it became this Mama plant.

When Hubby moved into my apartment, it was too large for us to keep. I was afraid that it would die in the smaller, less-lit apartment, so who did I call?

My buddy R, of course.

Here he is, barely able to get Mama Plant into his car.

Good bye, Mama Plant! Good bye Todd’s and my Friendship Tree!

But – of course –

I kept a leaf.

And now, here’s the Grandbaby of Todd’s plant:

And, the cuttings I had to give it yesterday to keep it well pruned.

Todd fans around the country – no, the world! should have these cuttings – to be able to spread the Love, spread the Friendship!

Please let me know if you want me to mail you a cutting. But hurry, they won’t last for long, and I don’t have that many.

Comment to this post if you want a Great-Grandbaby Todd Friendship Tree leaf, which you can plant and have grow into your very own Friendship Tree. A direct connection to The Man Himself.

Thanks, Todd. We love you.

xoxo,

SAllan

PS added July 2016 – The above post is several years old; I’m afraid I no longer have cuttings available to send out.

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34 Responses to “Todd Rundgren And His/My/Your Friendship Tree”

  1. Ellen Girone April 6, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    Hi Sherry!

    Do you still have any cuttings? I told really good friends of mine (from high school no less) about this blog entry. Brian is a huge Todd fan and sees him everytime he’s around. He’s probably seen him over 100 times by now. He’s like us with Steve! They’re wondering if you have a cutting left. If you had one would you be willing to pass it on to a friend of a friend? :>) But please don’t feel obligated at all.

    I just love this blog!

    xo,
    Ellen

    • sallanscorner April 6, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

      Anything for you, Ellen! Or your friend. 🙂

      Sadly I don’t have any of those original cuttings left, but I’m happy to snip another to send to you or to your friend.

      My big old plant won’t miss it, and I’m happy to help spread the Todd-Joy!

      Send me a private email letting me know where to mail it and I shall get it in the mail in the next day or txo.

      Big hugs to you,

      Sher

      • sallanscorner April 6, 2011 at 5:39 pm #

        P.S. and I’m SO happy that you love the blog!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  2. linda fisher January 8, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

    i’d love a clipping if you still have any!!!

    • sallanscorner January 8, 2012 at 6:46 pm #

      I don’t have any cuttings at the moment, but I’ll be happy to mail you a leaf or two which will root on their own. Please email me and give me your mailing address. Thanks for reading!!

  3. Cathy Lee B January 9, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    Wonderful story! I was at the Estate Sale, too! Love to Ralph…Cathy Lee B

    • sallanscorner January 9, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

      Thanks for reading – did you get any REALLY special goodies from the sale? (I know – dumb question – anything from that sale is really special!)

      • Cathy Lee B October 27, 2014 at 11:36 pm #

        I came home with his family room carpet! LOL

  4. sallanscorner January 12, 2012 at 10:45 am #

    posted 1/12/12 – I have received quite a few requests for cutting from my Todd plant – sorry to say that I must end the offer for now and let my plant get really full again. Then I will offer more cuttings when I have some to spare!

    Thanks everyone – Long Live Todd!

    SAllan

  5. misswritestuff January 14, 2012 at 9:37 am #

    What a great story! You have a keen eye to find that leaf and great compassion to share the love.

    • sallanscorner January 14, 2012 at 9:44 am #

      What a nice comment! Thank you for stopping by!!! 🙂

  6. Simone Tyan January 14, 2012 at 11:08 am #

    Awww, I would love to have a leaf, I have been a Todd fan since 1968 when Todd played with The Nazz!!! I have a page on facebook called Simone Tyan’s Todd Rundgren Page, thank you for the cool story!!! Simone Tyan

    • sallanscorner January 15, 2012 at 9:58 am #

      Hi Simone – please write again next Fall – when I bring in the plant again after the summer, I’ll cut it back again and will have more cuttings to share! Thanks so much for reading!!! And, kudos to you for loving Todd since the Nazz days!!!

  7. Paul January 14, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

    Great story. It reminds me of the story of the Bodi Tree on Todd”s property. It reminds me of the story of the Bodi Tree on Todd”s property. Apparently Michele received a Great-Grandbaby (or some such) of the Bodi Tree ( the tree Buddha sat under when he received enlightenment) from a monk at the Odeion Center. (not sure of the spelling) A good story If you can find it on the Rundgren Radio archives.

    • sallanscorner January 15, 2012 at 9:56 am #

      Thanks for sharing the great story about the Bodi Tree! I will try to find it in the archives. Thanks again.

  8. Robert Warwas January 19, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    Sallan,

    We would love to have a leaf from your next clipping! Let me know how to provide my mailing address to you.

    How fun is this!??!!! Glad I found your blog!

    Robert W

    • sallanscorner January 22, 2012 at 9:42 am #

      HI – thanks for reading! My clippings are all gone for now – please check back next Fall/Winter when I’ll be bringing the Todd Tree back indoors for wintering and I’ll be clipping it back again.

  9. CindiMills January 25, 2012 at 9:51 pm #

    I would love a cutting from the plant. What do I need to do?

    • sallanscorner January 28, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

      Hi Cindi, thanks for stopping by my blog! I’m all out of cuttings for now, but please drop me a line again next Fall/Winter when I bring the Todd Tree back inside from Summer – I’ll have more cuttings then and will be happy to share!!

    • Curtis Lowry January 29, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

      Thanks Cindi For Your Reply Will be Anxiously awaiting Your Response…Have a Great Year!!!

  10. Curtis Lowry January 25, 2012 at 10:20 pm #

    sallanscorner – Have Always had An Inner Love for since 1970, Met him 3-times,countless shows and T-Shirt gear, Musician Play Guitar,Keyboards,and Sing Vocals. Would Love to connect with a Leaf -Be Honored and Cherish and Keep Tradition Going. You have a Gift and I know You That. At next Trimming, Please consider Myself, a Friend till the End. Peace Love, & Happiness.

    • sallanscorner January 28, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

      Thanks for reading – please drop me a line again next Fall/Winter when I bring the Todd Tree back inside from Summer – I’ll have more cuttings then and will be happy to share!!

      • Michele Rundgren October 26, 2014 at 5:29 am #

        Aloha Sherri,
        I know a certain Wizard’s wife who would love to regrow it for him. Todd LOVED that plant! Mahalo for keeping it alive and thriving for ALL of us to enjoy.

        Aloha,
        Michele

  11. Julie Dye October 25, 2014 at 3:05 pm #

    How is the Todd tree doing these day’s ?

  12. Ronda L. Abrahamson July 15, 2016 at 3:50 pm #

    Sherry, Hello kindred spirit! I guess the story of Mama plant is alive and well! I’m reading from 2011!! I’m hoping Mama, or Grandbaby plant, actually the whole family is flourishing!! I’m curious if you’re still sharing the family, I live in Rhode Island and I would be more than happy to purchase a baby and pay postage, if this is something that you’re willing to do. I would be forever grateful….

    • sallanscorner July 19, 2016 at 10:27 am #

      Hi Rhonda, I’m so sorry – I don’t have any more cuttings available at this time. I need to edit the blog post since it’s several years old but naturally most don’t see that. I’ll reach out to you though if the plant gets big enough again so I can share more cuttings! Thanks for reaching out 🙂

  13. michelek007 July 15, 2016 at 10:00 pm #

    I’d love one too

    • sallanscorner July 19, 2016 at 10:28 am #

      Hi – I’m so sorry – I don’t have any more cuttings available at this time. I need to edit the blog post since it’s several years old but naturally most don’t see that. I’ll reach out to you though if the plant gets big enough again so I can share more cuttings! Thanks for reaching out 🙂

  14. Kate Thompson July 16, 2016 at 7:45 am #

    Wow! I am a huge fan and have a couple stories, by want to jump right up and say “here! Me!” I’f love a clipping to grow my own!
    Please let me know- and THANKS!
    Kate 🙂

    • sallanscorner July 19, 2016 at 10:28 am #

      Hi Kate, I’m so sorry – I don’t have any more cuttings available at this time. I need to edit the blog post since it’s several years old but naturally most don’t see that. I’ll reach out to you though if the plant gets big enough again so I can share more cuttings! Thanks for reaching out 🙂

  15. Catherine Sloat July 16, 2016 at 9:30 pm #

    I would love a cutting!

    • sallanscorner July 19, 2016 at 10:30 am #

      Hi Catherine, I’m so sorry – I don’t have any more cuttings available at this time. I need to edit the blog post since it’s several years old but naturally most don’t see that. I’ll reach out to you though if the plant gets big enough again so I can share more cuttings! Thanks for reaching out 🙂

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