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Eagles Impersonator Grounded

February 27, 1998

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ A man who has been impersonating former Eagles bassist Randy Meisner for 10 years was arrested at a card room.

Police caught up with Lewis Peter Morgan, 52, of Atlanta last week after police received a tip on his whereabouts. He was in jail in lieu of $50,000 bail on charges of fraud, grand theft and possession of stolen property, police inspector Curt Cashen said.

Besides collecting free guitars, clothing and cash in Meisner’s name, the impersonator also created enemies, including one former fan who came to an Eagles concert with an ice pick to exact revenge, Meisner said.

``I’m just so happy that they finally caught him,″ said Meisner, who wonders if the impersonator is also to blame for bad blood with former band mates. Meisner split with the band in 1978 and was snubbed for a reunion tour in 1994.

In 1988, Morgan was charged with posing as Eagles drummer Don Henley. He jumped bail in Las Vegas. Later, he surfaced with everything from false IDs to personalized guitar picks to pass himself off as Meisner at casinos, hotels and guitar shops around the country, police said.

``Now that they’ve got him, hopefully, all the people he’s conned will hear about it and it’ll clear my name,″ Meisner said.

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