One day when Mike was pretty young — I don’t recall the exact age, but I’d say maybe around 10 or 12 — he and I were driving in the car and a song came on the radio that I hadn’t heard in a long time. Probably something from the early to mid 80s. I said to him, “Wow, I used to have this song on a 45.”

He looked at me with those big ol’ brown eyes and said, absolutely serious, “You had a gun? “