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Published: 2011/01/28
by Liz Baqir

Longtime GDTS Staffer Honored by Ticketing Association

Congratulations are in order for Frankie Accardi-Peri, owner of ticketing company GDTS TOO and former manager of GDTS (Grateful Dead Ticket
Services), who was honored by the International Ticketing Association (INTIX), the premiere trade organization for entertainment ticketing professionals. At the association’s annual conference last week, Frankie was awarded the Patricia G. Spira Lifetime Achievement Award for her years of service to
Deadheads and the Grateful Dead community. The award is given annually to a ticketing professional with a minimum of 20 years experience in the industry who has “made a major contribution to the ticketing industry by helping to set standards of excellence in all aspects of ticket management.” Frankie was credited with creating the standard by which all future fan club ticketing would be judged, as well as providing personal customer service to generations of Dead fans across the globe. In accepting the award, Frankie thanked her staff, the band members, and “most of all, the Deadheads, who have my heart.”


There are 8 comments associated with this post

Mannon January 28, 2011, 17:56:45

Is she the same person whose recorded voice used to be sometimes on the old GDTS phone hotline: “Thank you for calling the Grateful Dead Mail Order Hotline. This is a new message as of March 30, 1994. New concerts are on this message…” (at which I’d jump out of my skin in anticipated 20-something excitement)?

Befuddled January 28, 2011, 22:29:00

I also wonder if this is the same person known as “Ruby Begonia,” who was also a long-time staffer, one of the few who made it through their downsizing after Jerry’s death….

The voices on GD hotline were January 29, 2011, 10:37:44

Eileen Law and Steve Marcus

Rose January 29, 2011, 13:18:19

The voices of the hotline were Eileen Law, Steve Marcus and with a Dutch accent Calico Van Der Mei (aka Ruby)

redbear44 January 30, 2011, 13:20:57

Those voices- sent chills up and down my spine (in agood way). the most special was JERRY’S in 85 when he came outa his illness.- thatv one made me cry at the payphone i was on. thanks to ALL THE GDTS STAFF for their dedication and a job well done.

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Tony Matero February 7, 2015, 18:52:36

Funny,I believe one time our paths crossed when traveling to san fran oct “74”
Yes where you scored tickets for all the shows at winterland
still run across Andrew a good friend
Good health and happiness to you!

Tom Evans March 19, 2015, 19:34:01

Calico, aka Ruby, passed on March 18,2015.A true friend of deadheads.

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