Accordion teacher and performer Natasha Geddie's quest to unseat association founder Norman Seaton has all the passion of the other great feuds in music--and if that's not enough, Geddie does play a peppy version of the Beatles' "I Saw Her Standing There."
has been essentially practicing fraudulent business since 1989," Geddie says.
That was the year that the TAA's nonprofit status with the IRS
lapsed, three years after Geddie helped Seaton
with the incorporation process.
Since then, Geddie claims, Seaton
has consistently steered callers offering paid accordion gigs to his
wife, Sharon, in business under the name Accordion Entertainers.In fact, the TAA
and Accordion Entertainers' phone number and address have been one and the same for years.
reincorporated under the name the National Accordion Association
, and now the two have issued rival newsletters as Geddie tries to win over the old TAA's
estimated 1,000 members.
himself is reluctant to talk about the allegations while the lawsuit is still pending, but his
annoyance is evident."Did she
tell you she's
loves that," Seaton
got the idea that she's
not responsible for any of her
actions."As evidence, he
mentions Geddie's arrest in the 1980s for shoplifting and marijuana possession.Seaton, a computer science instructor at El Centro College in Dallas, is also the editor of a 1994 book, Who's Who in the Accordion World.
doesn't actually play the accordion, but he
spends much of his
spare time promoting the organization.
also points to his
wife's appearance on the front page of the July 23 Fort Worth Star-Telegram
as a contributing factor."When she
saw my wife's picture, she
just came unwound," he
hopes of doing the same to Seaton
will be determined this week.