Bowen David as a second-engineer was a constant presence in the evening world of United and Western studios. He often addressed me, and others, as "father" and that, along with an easy smile, and the steadiness of his manner, made him a personal favorite of mine. He looked the other way a few times when I went a little too far with my "experiments". I once blew out a very expensive record cutting lathe stylus because I
was learning "hands on" and Bowen walked in just as it happened. After some consideration - and no conversation with me, he determined that I sufficiently understood the gravity and would not make that kind of expensive mistake again. That was true, but I was fortunate that it had been Bowen David through the door.
Bowen was working on the majority of the many hits that came out of Western and United studios in the sixties and was one of the engineers who was actualy there, in the studios, when the new rock and roll multi-track production era came into being - and he had to make it happen. And this was still a union profession, and there were "ways of doing things", and "what would the engineer do if the musicians did the mix?" was a very real concern. I watched as Bowen David, and others who understood what was happening, worked to facilitate some of the decades best recordings.