Spinal Tap A to Zed

Hookstratten, Lt. Robert (Bob): In DiBergi’s documentary, Hookstratten is the first to welcome Tap to Lindbergh Air Force Base in Seattle to play for its monthly "at-ease weekend." Admits that his aviators aren’t intimately familiar with Tap’s work but are "big fans" of "the whole genre of rock ’n roll." Misidentifies group as Spinal Tarp. By 1992, when Tap again toured the United States, Hookstratten had retired and "turned to religion" after a bullet came a bit too close on the firing range and a fire bomb was thrown under his car. He told an interviewer for Tap’s NBC-TV special that the band was a topic of conversation for years after their appearance. "We hated them." Hookstratten also revealed that making a snafu on the base became known as "pulling a Spinal Tap" and that he went on to produce an all-white version of "Porgy and Bess" that became known as "Hookstratten’s Follies."