you so much...
your love and heartfelt wishes for Nokie's recovery. I have
instructed our webmaster to list as many responses as I can find
in the limited time I have from sources on the internet including
our dear friend Thom Bresh. Updates to this page will be added as
I find them. I apologize if I have not found and listed everyone
who writes or comments, but please know that Nokie and I love each
and every one of our fan club family. ó Judy Edwards
Come back Nokie!
Lord, let Nokie recover completely Amen.
I am so saddened by this news,
but our prayers go out for one of the legendary guitar players of
our time. Thanks Thom for letting us know.
Thanks for the update, Thom! Will
keep Nokie in our prayers. He is a sweet guy...
Prayers going up right now.
lot of great guitar licks from Nokie. Hope it all works out great
for him and his good wife! All the best - Lew Strange
hear that Thom. Prayers!!
are awesome people... my highest thoughts are with them many times
a day... I know they both need strength!
going out... Keep the faith.
going out for Nokie, one of my guitar heroes!
on the road for 5 weeks; this is the first I've heard of it -
thank you for posting this.
update, Thom, one of every guitar players hero.
...Sending prayers Thom...
letting us know. I'll pass this along to others in Maine at the
big Lenny Breau tribute. We're all pulling for Mr. E.
prayers for Nokie!
Gods healing power over him!
are with him :)
thoughts headed Nokie's way. Probably my very first guitar hero.
praying for you, buddy!
you Nokie, best wishes
Oh man, I
just read this Thom. Prayers for his complete and speedy
the update, Thom! Please keep us informed!
for him and you too Brutha!
Lee Silby Jr
are out Lee....
My good thoughts are with Nokie and Judy
I will be
praying for Nokie...as well as putting him on our prayer list at
you got my
prayers all day
I pray you
get well Nokie
healing over Nokie and peace and comfort over Judy. Love and
blessings to you Thom. Thanks for the update.
are with Nokie and Judy!
Ok will send my prayers.
positive thoughts and prayers going Nokie's way from
from us as well!!
him in our prayers. xxx
prayers going to Nokie and Judy.
Nokie is in
my prayers.....God Speed!
prayers get well soon.
prayers from us in Japan.
my knees to a frazzle praying for Nokie.
and I will pray for Nokie, Thom. God is in charge.
Thom I love
the song that you wrote and I also love the guitar that Nokie is
playing.... Let's do it two times...
My prayers are with your friend Nokie.
Prayers for Nokie and for Judy Edwards
Send their best to Nokie.
& Tammy Clark
In our prayers
I did not know.
Thanks for letting us know. Hope he rebounds soon.
That's terrible news. Prayers.
hear of this Thom. Will definitely have him on the prayer lists.
thoughts and prayers to all
sorry. In our thoughts and prayers. Thanks for the updates
good vibes his way Bresh.
for the information, Thom. I've been a Ventures fan since 1964.
the three of you!
Allyson Wood Langford
Nokie is in my prayers, Babycakes! You know I am a living,
breathing testimony of God's healing power...I BELIEVE IN
Nokie you will have to "Walk, Don't Run" to your
recovery. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers. The first
song I ever figured out "off the record" as a teen was
"Diamond Head." Get well soon.
is the first I've heard of this... And, I've had him on my mind
for a few days... Sending up prayers.
Thom for update.
Thom, prayers for Nokie, hope he is back home with us soon.
to call you the other day, Thom, as I am sure many have. Thanks
for the update on Nokie. I will say prayers for him and Judy
today at my church service.
Dbl D Dalton
the Pipeline Nokie.. Prayin for you buddy...
in the most highest ... Thanks for letting us know... love
for your friend!!
Be Praying For Him !! What A Great Man ! We Wish Him Well .
He is in
Japan is a long way from home :-(
I heard about the illness of Nokie and I'm very sorry to hear,
read this. Wishing him all the best and a speedy recovery.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Nokie and you.
and I are sending prayers and positive vibes to you, Nokie and
all the family during this trying time. Nokie continues to
inspire my guitar playing.
Jennifer, Joel and Kirby Easler
Kirby and I saw the post Bresh made on Facebook about Nokie.
Please know that you both are continuously in our prayers. I
pray for healing in Nokie's body and strength and endurance for
you. May God Bless You Both!
and Gail Beuhler
you to know that Gail and I are praying for you both. Get well
soon, and we will see you in the sunny south this winter! Lots
Judy... So sorry to hear/read about Nokie's health...but so glad
to read that he is doing better!!! We are praying for a
"Speedy" recovery & also that the doctors can get
his pacemaker to work the way it should so that Nokie will
get/feel better. so glad he did NOT have a heart attack or a
stroke as earlier reported. have been a "fan" of The
Ventures & Nokie's music for many years...50 plus years. I
saw in the videos on YouTube that he would have to sit while
playing his music either with The Ventures or other groups &
I felt like he was not in the best of health but he would still
be there for the "fans" doing what the Good Lord has
"Blessed" him with...his musical talent. I wanted to
let you know you both are "Loved" & are being
Prayed for. Thanks for the "updates" & as I said
earlier...we & many others are praying for Nokie. Take
care... Love in Christ, Wayne/Carol
of course, have always been stunned by Nokieís genius on the
guitar like all of his fans, but when I got to know Nokie, I was
much more impressed with Nokie the man. Heís my buddy and I am
his friend, true friend. One of the things that Nokie taught me
was that most people are good, a few rotten apples get all the
attention, but the vast majority of people are good. I thought
about that I lot when he said that as we walked around Epcot
after the gig and before the light show. I realized it is so
true. In journalism for decades, I had become a bit cynical yet
here ole Noke, a man I truly admired, reminding me of a simple,
never changing truth ó that folks everywhere are good. Abraham
Lincoln couldnít have said it better than Nokie.
positive vibe from Nokie, Iíve always felt better being around
him. I found I knew how to make Nokie laugh and he knew how to
make me laugh and bring out the simple joy of living. I know
everybody feels better being around Nokie. His musical gift to
the world is huge, but what is even bigger is the feeling of
warmth and honest friendship he imparts to others, everyone Iíve
ever seen around him. That is a much greater gift and one that
he is probably not even aware of. Nokie makes all of us appeal
to the better angels of our nature. I didnít say this first.
Abraham Lincoln did, but it is quite true applying it Nokie.
All our love and
prayers for Nokie... God
you two... We want you to know that Gail and I are praying for
you both. Get well soon, and we will see you in the sunny south
this winter! Lots of love, Chris
and Gail Beuhler
Judy... I've just heard the news from Tim Wilson. My love and
healing prayers are with Nokie right now and also with you. If
there is anything I can do please let me know. If you need help
in any way, okay? All my love to you dear one. Nokie will be
okay no matter what... Everything is in Divine Order. Stay
strong...there is love, light and Angels supporting you both
right now for the highest good of all concerned. With love... Lisa
|Just seen the website news, suggest a big bottle of sake might help! And best wishes for a full recovery from all your fans in
England, perhaps we might see you again in England next year and try and bring your old backing band with you,
Don Wilson and the Waddle Don't Runners. Best wishes... Graham in
Nokie & Judy... I was stunned to hear the news of Nokie's
illness. He is in my prayers. He has been my favorite guitarist
for many, many years and always will be! Get well, Nokie! Your
the best! Your lifelong fan... Vito
A. Calamito Sr.
I know you are going through tough times. I know you are scared.
Joy and I are praying for you and Nokie. You know I am here for
you guys, if you need me. Continue to be strong... Jack
Judy... I just read about Nokie suspending his tour in Japan and
want you to know that Lou and I are sending our thoughts and
prayers that heís on the mend from whatever the cause may be.
Please let him know we are thinking of him, as we are of you.
Best regards... Joni
Judy... Just heard from Tim Wilson that Nokie had a heart attack
[thankfully not true] in Japan. My respect, love, admiration
and prayers go to him. God bless... George
Both the UF2 & FANS OF THE VENTURES forums continue to post
regular updates based on your periodic progress reports on
Nokie's site. And we all continue to pray for THE KING'S
RECOVERY. Kindest regards, Tom
Nokie and you are in my prayers for a quick recovery and comfort
I know you are in the thoughts of countless family friends and
fans please keep us posted With regards and love... Joe
Judy... All our prayers and love are with you both. I love
you both so much. I am so sorry to hear what you are going
through right now please give Uncle Nokie our love and keep me
updated on what is happening... Jim
- Amber - J.C. - Lenora, Ares and Jacey
you Nokie for all the great music! I learned to play guitar
listening and playing along with the Ventures albums I bought. I
always wanted to play guitar just like you!! Get well, ďWalk,
Donít RunĒ, and keep your heart in shape! Iíll
always be a FAN! God bless... Jim
I pray everyday till Nokie is going to be better!
This photo is in Hokkaido Obihiro, it was 20 years ago.
I wanna hear Nokie's guitar again. I played bass with
Nokie in Japan 1994. I worry about Nokie. I pray for
nokie to cheer up! Say hi to Nokie!!
we are all with you back here, hang in there. If you can put a
guitar in his hand and he will probably start moving on the
spot. Ha,ha, you have our thoughts and prayers, wish we could be
there with you. Sorry for the late response been out of town.
Love you two.... Marianne
& Roy Florance, Oregon
I wish you a speedy recovery. You will always be in our prayers
and love. Thank for all the beautiful music you gave to our
world and will continue to do so. We love you. Happy
Trails buddy!!!... Indian
Judy, I know you get thousands of emails. I miss you
both. Get Well Nokie. You are a gift to the world.... Papa
of lil Mama d. Carlo's in Placerville)
I just wanted to let you know that Nokie and you have been in my
prayers since this ordeal started. My prayer is for a full and
speedy recovery for Nokie and continued strength for you as you
minister to him... David
Judy, glad to read Nokieís doing better. Please tell him all
his fans in the SCV are pulling for him, and thank you very much
for keeping us posted!!! Cheers... Stephen
K. Peeples, Canyon
Judy, Lauri called last night to tell me that Nokie is in the
hospital in Japan. Iíve been keeping you in my prayers and
will continue to pray diligently for Godís healing hand on
Nokie, for wisdom and skill for his doctors, great focus and
intuition for his caregivers, and for peace of heart for you. It
must be very hard to be going through all this in a foreign
environment, but I pray God will send some angels your way to
help you weather this tough time. Please let me know how he is
doing when you have an update. Bill was beyond thrilled to hear
what your gift of a guitar did for Carry the Cure ó it will
enable them to reach out to so many more young people in rural
Alaska. Blessings... Suzy
Judy, upon hearing the news from Tim Wilson about Nokie, I
wanted to let you know my thoughts and prayers are with you. I
also got the word out (including the official statement from The
Ventures website) to some of my Facebook connections through my
"Denny A Surf Band" Facebook site to pray for Nokie
and you. This included Merrell Fankenhauser (his son, Tim, has
made guitars for Nokie), The Beach Boys FB site, The Chantays FB
site, Dipinto Guitars, The Meshugga Beach Party Band, Christian
Surfers International, The Eliminators Surf Band, et al. Merrell
was quite concerned and asked me for your email address. I gave
to him since there was a connection with Nokie and his son Tim.
I'll continue to monitor The Ventures webpage to pass on any
news. May the Great Physician and God of all comfort be with you
and Nokie.... Dennis
let those who suffer according to God's will do right and
entrust their souls to a faithful Creator". I Peter 4:19.
I think of you two very fondly and you and Nokie are the the
highlight of going to CAAS. That is because I go for
authenticity and heart. Especially playing with Nokie was a
lifetime achievement for me. Please also tell him that and what
a big deal it was for me. I tell people about it all the time.
Prayers, prayers, prayers, and blessings from God now and
prayers are with you both. Thank you so much Judy for your
updates. God love you. Get well soon Mr. Edwards. Sincerely, Heather
Judy, glad Nokie is doing better. Hopefully he is on the mend.
It will take some time, it took me at least six weeks to get
over open heart surgery. Any way let's all hope Nokie gets well
soon and is back to doing what he loves. Love ya' Gary-n-Cathy
Judy, I will make this short as you must have a mountain of
things to do, few other people in my life have impacted my
musical career more than Nokie. I was shocked to find the news
of his condition and would like to make a suggestion that will
help if you will look into it. Find a copy of the video, Forks
Over Knives by Dr.'s T Collin Campbell and Caldwell
Esselston. This is the best I have seen on heart recovery in my
36 years of working with this problem. My good friend and fellow
musician Moon Mullins (Champion thumb Picker) was given a short
time to live over ten years ago. At my suggestion, he spent 21
days at the Wildwood Lifestyle Center, Wildwood Georgia. Today
his recovery is complete and as a diabetic/heart patient he is
also off all insulin and still picking. Some day I would like to
pick with Nokie. My favorites were both Doc Watson and Chet
Atkins and I never had a chance to play with either. Tell Nokie
thanks for all the things I was able to learn from him over the
last 50 years. Howard
to hear you're doing better and hope to meet you again soon. Met
you at NAMM Chicago in 1964 or 5 when The Ventures were
promoting Mosrite (I was 16 and had bought every Ventures album
the minute they came out). I've never forgotten how kind you
were to me as my #1 guitar mentor and YOU ALWAYS WILL BE! I
finally own a '64 Mosrite (red) and think of you every time I
play it. Prayers, Love and Blessings to you and your family. ó
James (Bud) Cornell
read in your newsletter of Nokieís recovery and treatment in
Japan. Very glad to hear that his recovery is progressing and he
enjoyed hearing Chet Atkins' early years music. Chetís music
has always influenced my guitar playing along with the music of
the Nokie and the Ventures. One of my favorite Venture LP's was
their country album. I bought my first Fender guitar in 1964 as
a result of Ventures pristine recordings of that era. Once I
learned that Nokie and the Ventures were fans of Chet Atkins, I
knew I was following the right path with my playing. I carried
that guitar with me and played wherever I could while in the US
Army at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. I met a lot of Okie musicians while
stationed there. I wish a speedy recovery to Nokie and a quick
return to playing guitar, which might just be a good part of his
therapy. Thanks for the music! Ronnie
Judy... How are you and Nokie doing? I am here with John
Richards and we were just saying how we missed the two of you...
Judy... I was saddened to hear of Nokie's recent illness but
gladdened to hear of his steady recovery. I met Nokie for the
only time at the "Meet and Greet" at The Marriott
Hotel, Orlando in Florida in 2009. I had come over from the U.K.
to fulfill a dream held for the previous 49 years as a Ventures
fan since I was 12 years old in 1960. Nokie took time out to
speak to me about his musical "tastes" and for that
conversation I will be eternally grateful. As a fairly
"quiet" man he made time to spend with me although I
was floating about three feet off the ground at the time. May I
please wish Nokie a speedy recovery and send my very best wishes
and prayers to you both. Very best regards, Trevor
Judy... I'm Etienne
a French record collector and I was very lucky to meet you
backstage at Busch Gardens FL on March this year. I was
introduced to you by Big J from Indiana one (the most)
greatest supporter of the Ventures. I've been told that
NOKIE has been seriously ill while touring in Japan and hospitalized.
Me and my family (Lauren and Agnieszka) would like to wish
him a quick recovery. We think about him all day long. God
bless you all.
Nokie started me on
the Bass and Iíve never forgotten! Wishing Nokie the Best and
hope he is doing better. GET WELL SOON! We All Love You, Jim
Hi Judy, I have been
following Nokie's progress on line for a few weeks and felt I
had to drop you an email to wish Nokie a full and speedy
recovery, these must have been difficult times for you and no
doubt dealing with the language barrier an added problem. Don't
know about you, but my Japanese isn't too hot! Nice to see Tommy
Emmanuel has sent his best wishes. Kindest regards to you and
Nokie from all his UK fans, Rod
Judy, I am trying to
keep up with Nokie's progress on the web site. Please know that
we are thinking of you and Nokie. So sorry you are going through
this. I know you are getting thousands of emails, I just wanted
you to know we are there with you (Shirley and I have been
through this, we know what it is like) Stay Strong, Love you, Lance
and Shirley Hunt,Virginia
Hey Judy... I
just wanted to send some support from Sweet Home, I hope you are
holding up OK and I think of you guy's often. You are the best
of the best and safe travels back home to both you and Nokie :-)
Hopefully soon, I've been wanting to get down that way and see
you guy's but my schedule has been fairly full if not for the
cost of fuel and actually coming that way. I would like to stay
in closer contact and to help support you guy's though this. It
would be nice to visit a bit. I love hearing Nokie play :-) My
best healing wishes to you both :-) Mark
Dear Judy... Thank
you so much for posting Nokie's progress on the fan website.
Prayer can move mountains with so many of us around this big
world praying for the same things. I sent Anne Murray a message
to tell her of Nokie's progress. We all went to the teenage
dances in the late 50's and early 60's, and Anne sold the
tickets at the door. That was a long time ago. She is truly
enjoying retirement and I don't believe she sang anywhere in
over a year. Her daughter Dawn is also a beautiful singer. Anne
has written a book and it is so very interesting. Judy, have you
ever considered this, of course at a future time? I so enjoyed
the Christmas video of you and Nokie's good friend, Thom Bresh,
attending Christmas dinner at your place, I could also taste the
beautiful cooking. I may be wrong, but I think he wrote some
music for Anne. You are an amazing strong woman Judy, and only
those of us who have had the same experience with our own
husbands, can truly know what it has been like for you. Please
take care of yourself as well, the stress is unreal, and
therefore so very important to take care of yourself, and accept
help at times like this. (It's hard I know, but people are so
wonderful and as Nokie had once expressed on his website,
"People are mostly good" and that is so true. Again,
many thanks for keeping us all posted, and may God Bless you
Both. Sincerely, Heather
Springhill, N.S., Canada.
Hi Nokie and Judy...
Here Michel, your very very long time Montreal fan. I just read
your latest news about Nokie's condition and got a great smile
into my face. I have prayed so hard for you and for Judy, I just
think God listens to me, sometimes not, but this time, Yes. I
will videotape tonight for my new DVD and I will have a very
good time thinking about yours and I will try to transmit it
into my face and my fingers while I will play with my (signed by
Nokie) old 1966 Joe Maphis Mosrite guitar. I will still pray for
you until I will see you playing your fabulous guitar again.
Brosard, P.Quebec, Canada.
Judy... I havenít
been in contact for many years (shame on me) but you and Nokie
were good enough to sell me one of Nokieís Fender Telecasters
several years ago and shipped it to me here in Northern
California. Iíve since retired and have been goofing off with
several hobbies and having fun, but try to keep up with Nokieís
trips and adventures when I can. Unfortunately, I havenít kept
up recently and just discovered (via the UF'ers) Nokieís
health issues in Japan. I see from the latest update that heís
getting better after all the surgery and care over there, and
thatís great news! Heís so lucky to have you by his side and
I, for one, am happy about that too. Please add this note to the
many that you have been receiving to wish Nokie (and you) the
best for a complete recovery and the ability to get back in the
saddle again! Many, many, best wishes and prayers, Bill
Nokie and Judy... I
am sorry I did not write sooner, but I felt like you had enough
on your plate. My entire family is praying for the two of you
and are confident Nokie will be better soon. Please let us know
if there is anything we can do. Hope to see you soon. Bob
and all the Seus'
Judy... We here in
Brazil are praying and thinking positively for Nokieīs return
to activity soon. Please let him know that he has a huge number
of fans, and that we look forward to have his next release ASAP.
Good luck to all of you and my very warm and best wishes.
Take good care of him. Um grande abraÁo.
Dear friends you
have been in our prayers and it sounds as though they are being
answered. Enjoyed playing with a group that came to town to
attend the annual Bean Fest, a pleasure to play with good
players. Mountain View is known as the folk music capitol of the
world. Musicians from all over the world come to play here. I
didn't know that Walk Don't Run was a folk tune, but it is
played when certain of us get together. Nokie, continue to get
better. It would interest you to know that a good friend of mine
was in WW II on Okinawa and served as a medic, later he received
the Congressional Medal of Honor for the rescue of over 75 of
his fellow men lowering them one at a time down the escarpment
to safety, the catch was that he refused to carry a gun. He
passed away some six years ago and that was a tragic loss, he
was known to have on several occasions treated Japanese
soldiers. I was interested to learn in a medical class I was
attending this past week that Okinawa has a large number of
people that live to be over a hundred, this is due to their
lifestyle. We will continue to keep you in our Prayers! Howard
Hello you two. Love
from us, Marit
& Tom Wright,
old fans from Minnesota... We think of you always, especially
your kindness to fans... we will always be your fans and wish we
could see you with Nokie performing his great guitar numbers
more often. We will someday be in a position to travel and again
to cheer for Nokie and you both, in doing what we know you both
like to do the most and that is to be making great guitar music
like only Nokie can play. We have been such fans of you Nokie,
and of course your partners Bob, Don and Mel... Mare and I
remember you when you played your concert in Duluth, MN. Think
1964 and it was at the Duluth Curling club, (big old brick
building) those certainly were for us the good old days, and
wonderful memories, we were young and in love, ďand still areĒ.
Something you may not realize is that youíre style of playing
guitar has greatly influenced me and my guitar playing and I
keep trying to learn from you Nokie. None of us fans can equal
what you can do, but we love learning... thanks for everything
you and your wonderful wife Judy have done for us and being
friends. Best wishes and continued speedy recovery, and much,
much love from Tom and Marit , ďfansĒ. PS - Love the tune
"Sunny RiverĒ I know you know it, no one else plays it,
you guys came up with it.... Thanks.