2012 - Support People
When Naomi Wilson said "I do" to John Senn on Sept. 2, 1960, little did she realize that she would become "Support Person" not only for their marriage but also for rock and roll music over the next five decades. Those two little words became the mantra for a multitude of skills and endless dedication.
In the early years, Naomi supported John's music and band gigs behind the scenes, while helping to form a close-knit family environment with their two daughters, Deb and Kim, that is rock solid and an inspiration to us all.
D J and the Runaways took her husband all over the country and into Canada, while she kept the home fires burning. In 1965, they became partners with friends in opening the Iowa Great Lakes Recording Studio in Milford. Naomi spent many hours in the IGL Studio doing the little things that are so important to keeping a business going, that most people rarely realize were being done. She continued her dedication to the studio until it closed in 1980. The studio was moved to the Senn home, where it is still functioning today, with her help. Some of the original parts of the studio are on permanent display in the IRRMA Museum in Arnolds Park.
Naomi continued her steadfast support as John became co-founder of the Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association in 1997. Once again, she became the hard working 'lady behind the scenes.' She pounded nails to help construct the museum, painted walls, and dug in the dirt out front to lay the Walkway of Fame stepping stones. A few years later, on sub-zero January days, she could be found using a vegetable scrub brush and screwdriver to scrape dirt and debris from between the tongue-and-groove boards of the old Roof Garden ballroom floor that was being installed in the museum. No job was beneath her desire to help.
IGL Audio, a sound company owned by her husband, grandson and best friend, now and for many years has counted on Naomi to help load, unload, set up, and take down a truck full of equipment. She rolls and tapes cables and pushes speaker carts around with the best of them!
Naomi continues to volunteer her talents and skills in a wide variety of ways, not only with the museum, but with other aspects of IRRMA. All non-profit organizations would treasure having such a dedicated person as Naomi Senn. After fifty-two years of involvement with many music entities and IRRMA, Naomi remains ready for any task required of her.
Thank you from all of us to the Support Staff Inductee of 2012, Naomi Wilson Senn! We couldn't have done it without you!