"It all started on the shortest four-lane paved highway in the United States of America. But it really started at the track. Monmouth Park racetrack to be exact. Four musical outcasts on a scavenger hunt for the owner of a missing wallet. They had known each other before. Heck, they’d even made music together. How they all ended up at Monmouth Park on the same Summer afternoon is anybody’s guess. There was Acorn Slim, a tall dude with a dark beard who played guitar and sang. He’s the one who’d actually found the wallet. The guy standing next to him was Hill who played all kinds of instruments and wrote and sang for their rock duo Laziza. Brad was another guitarist and singer and had just stumbled out of the beer garden when he ran into Slim and Hill. And, like a well-timed punchline, Saxy Joe arrived right on cue, equipped with a line from his arsenal of puns. Saxy was already a legend on the Jersey nightclub scene, frequently brandishing his trusty alto horn, entering any fray. It was at one of these places that this quartet would become acquainted. That was the Crossroads in Garwood, on the aforementioned shortest four-lane paved highway in the United States. Back to the track, Slim could be heard from miles away yelling out the mysterious word,
'Nudelman! Nudelman!' What a mysterious word. Was this a victory cry? A call to arms? The name of a winning horse? Turns out it was the name of the fella who lost his wallet. Byron Haskell Nudelman. And there he was, blonde hair poking out from under a large red and blue colored hat, which casted a slight shadow above his squinted eyes and mischievous white grin. Slim handed him his wallet, every dollar and credit card intact. Nudelman didn’t even say thank you. Just kind of acknowledged that he was indeed the Nudelman in question. We'll let him tell his side of the story..."
- Jackie Puppet Historical Society
"Jackie Puppet found my wallet. It was the Summer of 2013, and I was enjoying a beautiful afternoon at Monmouth Park. It was the weekend of their annual beer garden, where you buy your tickets, get your cup, and sample the local brews. I went to get some cash from my pocket, and wouldn’t you know? My wallet wasn’t there! Now I couldn’t get into the beer garden! All of a sudden, I hear a group of people yelling, 'Nudelman! Nudelman!' I followed the voices to an eccentric-looking group of guys and gals. One of them, a tall guy with a beard, introduced himself as Slim and asked if I was in fact Byron Haskell Nudelman? I said I was, and thankfully he trusted me enough to hand me back my wallet, all the money still there. He didn’t ask for a reward, and I didn’t offer one. We got to talking, and Slim told me he played in a band called Jackie Puppet. I asked what kind of music they played, and he said he wasn’t really sure. Said I should ask his bandmate Brad who was coincidentally at Monmouth Park that day, too. We found him coming out of the beer garden. We talked a little, and I asked him what Jackie Puppet sounded like. He said he wasn’t sure and that I should ask Slim. I guessed I’d have to see them perform to find out. I asked if they had any shows coming up, and they said they didn’t. But we exchanged numbers, and I was invited to watch them rehearse at their studio in Brooklyn. There I met the other band members, a sax player named Saxy Joe and a drummer named Hill. Saxy introduced himself with a pun of some sort. I forget what he said, but it made me laugh. I found out he’d just joined the band, but had been jamming with Slim and Brad since Jackie Puppet started in 2007. They were all part of an open mic scene at a bar called Crossroads in Garwood, New Jersey. The first song I heard them play was called 'The Hang-Up', which Slim and Brad co-wrote. It started out kind of pretty and strummy and then went into a Springsteen-like epic. Then they played two songs Brad actually wrote the same day I met them, 'Opening Day' and 'Beer Garden'. 'Opening Day' was a punk-rocker about racehorses. It even had a Saxy intro that mimicked the bugle song they play before the races start. 'Beer Garden' was a nice folky tune with great harmonies. Brad said it was a true story. I was there, so I can back him up on that!..."
- Byron H. Nudelman