||"The Gestures were absorbed by the madness of the sixties just as they began having fun. The world was falling apart when the energetic, brilliant youth of this fine group was just taking shape. Their music was infectious. Their live appearances a sight to behold. Their young drummer had to stand in order to pump that big bass drum. Their music was inspried. And they were so young. The world passed them by on the way to Vietnam, assassinations, political treachery and Purple Haze. The world had no time for fun. The Gestures were fun. I smile just thinking about them."
-Lou Waters, CNN Anchorman and former producer of the Gestures
Growing up teen in Mankato in the early 1960s gave us three Indelible memories: Charlie Poliquins ark, the flood, and the Gestures. Poliquin was the eccentric who beached a homemade houseboat on the riverbank near the Century Club and stocked up on the notoriety, 25-cent tour gees and provision for a float down the Mississippi River to the Gulf of New Orleans. The flood of 1965 got all the high school kids out of class to pass sandbags hand to hand in a real adventure.
"The Gestures were the local rock n roll band that for a few shining moments made you, if not proud, at least tolerant of being from Mankato. Minneapolis could keep the Trashmen, the Castaways, and the Underbeats
we had the Gestures and Run, Run Run. Dale Menten (guitar, vocals), Gus Dewey (guitar, vocals), Tom Klugherz (bass) and Bruce Waterson (drums) became stars in the local firmament.
-Tim DeMarce of Mankato Free Press