Kate and Andrew Kirby never got a chance to meet the frontman of the Doors. But they do have his phone number.
The owners of the Rock and Roll Emporium in downtown Huntington Beach put together a memorabilia show to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Jim Morrison's death July 3. Among the items they gleaned from collectors is a business card Morrison made before his band's success that describes him as a "poet-musician" and includes his Venice Beach address and number.
For the record, it's 321-7143. When dialed with the modern Venice area code, the number proved to be out of order.
Still, Kate Kirby has an idea of what she might say to Morrison if she got him on the phone.
"First, I'd tell him how much we love him and miss him," she said. "And then I'd ask him to send back a poem describing the other side. I think he could write some really trippy stuff about heaven, I really do."