This is a large gong mallet for your gongs that are over 30"
Approximately 20" long
Head is about 4" in diameterOur gong mallets are each handpicked by us before we ship to you. Many are thrown out due to bad wood. If necessary, we sand the handle to make it smooth in your hands, dear sweet customers. No other gong seller does this.
If you aren't getting this mallet DIRECTLY from Gongs Unlimited, you might as well buy a used toilet plunger full of splinters.
Made in Wuhan China like our other white cotton head mallets with rubber inside, this big gong mallet is because you play your big gong with heart.Sometimes you have to have a great heart to be near a big noise. You must be still with love inside to deal with the explosion.That is why this mallet is dedicated to Juan Romero.
Mr. Romero was the busboy at the Ambassador Hotel who comforted Robert Kennedy moments after he was shot on June 5th, 1968.
"It is hard to understand. I did nothing. It just happened. Mr. Kennedy was there and he needed someone with him, that's all."
--Juan Romero in a 1968 interview
FROM AN LA TIMES ARTICLE
Juan worked room service and met scads of celebrities in the Ambassador's glory days, but for him, the arrival of presidential candidate Bobby Kennedy during the 1968 California primary topped the charts.
Juan remembered photos of a Catholic John F. Kennedy on the walls of homes in Mexico -- "next to Pope John Paul and the crucifix" -- and he knew Bobby Kennedy had championed the cause of California farm workers.
"Bobby rolled up his sleeves and walked with them," Juan says.
When Kennedy checked into the Ambassador and called for room service, Juan, then 17, cut a deal with the busboy who drew the job. Juan would retrieve all the other guy's trays that night in return for the Kennedy job.
"He wouldn't do it," Juan remembers of his stubborn colleague. "So I said, 'All right. I'll pay you too."
A Kennedy assistant answered the door of the Presidential Suite, and Juan, his eyes wide, pushed the food cart into the room and found himself standing next to Kennedy.
"He shook my hand as hard as anyone had ever shaken it," Juan says. "I walked out of there 20 feet tall, thinking, 'I'm not just a busboy, I'm a human being.' He made me feel that way."
AND THEN LATER THAT NIGHT, WHEN RFK WAS SHOT, JUAN WAS THERE, HE HAD BEEN WANTING TO SHAKE HIS HAND AGAIN TO CONGRATULATE HIM BUT BEFORE HE COULD THE SHOTS WERE FIRED.
"He was looking up at the ceiling, and I thought he'd banged his head. I asked, 'Are you OK? Can you get up?' One eye, his left eye, was twitching, and one leg was shaking."
Juan slipped a hand under the back of Kennedy's head to lift him and felt warm blood spilling through his fingers.
"People were screaming, 'Oh my God, not another Dallas!'"
Ethel Kennedy knelt down at her husband's side and pushed Juan away. Juan looked on, angry and stunned, fingering the rosary beads in his pocket.
"When I was in trouble, I would always go and pray to God to make my stepfather forget what I'd done, or to keep me out of trouble the next time. I asked Ethel if I could give Bobby the rosary beads, and she didn't stop me. She didn't say anything.
"I pressed them into his hand but they wouldn't stay because he couldn't grip them, so I tried wrapping them around his thumb. When they were wheeling him away, I saw the rosary beads still hanging off his hand."Sometimes you have to have a great heart to be near a big noise. You must be still with love inside to deal with the explosion. Like Juan Romero.