Russ Gibb at Random
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"Oh My God!"

September 9, 2011

This was done by a fifteen year old two days after 9/11. Jim Parker is now a young adult working in photography and art in New York City.

Take a look and let us never forget.

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buck up !

September 2, 2011

2011 Most Beautiful Place in America Revealed!


http://news.yahoo.com/video/us-15749625/most-beautiful-place-in-america-revealed-26314500.html

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On His Way

June 5, 2011

This is Matthew Sean, better known as Ginger Boy as part of the Gibb Crew @ Russ Gibb At Random. Here he is in his first tv commercial and we are very proud of him.

Take a look.

Congratulations Matt and we hope that there is many more to come.

~russ, Jenny, Tomas, & Blackout....oh & maybe even Yo Yo?

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Getting the Bird

March 26, 2011



One of things that gets to me recently is the number of “non-profit organizations” that are really corporations in disguise. In other words, they use the term “non-profit” in all their ads and so forth, but when you get down to it you find out that they have a bunch of for-profit corporations attached to them. At least in a real corporation you have stock holders who have a vote. In a non-profit it is just a very few people who decide who gets what of the booty.

Two come to mind as I think about these. One is NPR, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. They both run under the cover of the Government and they’re supposedly non-biased. Of coarse anybody who has ever listened to them knows that they have a Liberal slant to them. And if you want to find out what the Government is up to listen to NPR or the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

And then there is Sesame Street. Supposedly that’s just a good kids program, but do you know that the guy who runs it makes millions of dollars off of the sales of Sesame Street merchandise? It’s a racket! And Big Bird’s profits does not go back to the tax payers.

The other one that gets to me is AARP, Association for the Advancement of Retired Persons. They are supposed to be non-profit, but if you look at all of their ads you will find out that they are really a corporation. They have ties to insurance companies, they get money for that, they have ties to medical companies, they get money for that, and they have ties to all kinds of profit making organizations. It’s a con! It’s a con! Wake up!

I used to give money to Public Broadcasting and National Public Radio. I don’t anymore. I still think that they have good shows, but I definitely think that they have a bias. I used to belong to AARP until I realized that they too are a con.

Well it’s up to you. You make up your mind, but I have made up mine.

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Blackout looking for an agent

March 5, 2011

Years ago there was a student at Dearborn High named Andrew Erikson, but as the years passed he became a commercial producer, moved out to California, and Changed his professional name to Zeke Anders.

Well, Zeke was in town the other day doing a commercial for the Deaborn Animal Shelter when he discovered Blackout the Fifth our Black Labrador.Woof!. Take a look. See what you think.

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In Memoriam

January 14, 2011



Howe Peterson Funeral Home
22546 Michigan Avenue
Dearborn, MI

Sunday, Jan. 16th: Family 3-4
Visitation 4-9

Monday, Jan. 17th: Visitation 1-9

Tuesday, Jan. 18th: Service 11:30

Alberta's wishes were that any gifts should be given to Oakwood Health Care Foundation, Alberta Muirhead's Nursing Scholars and/or Dearborn Animal Shelter.

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The Rationals

January 8, 2011


January 8, 2011


Terry Trabandt, bassplayer-singer for the Rationals, died in Florida on December 28th, aged 61. Scott Morgan writes:


This is my worst nightmare. i'll live to a hundred and all my friends will be gone. That said, it ain't about me. It's about my friend and fellow Rational Terry Trabandt.


The first time i was aware of Terry he was in the Ann Arbor News with some other guys who were taking guitar lessons. After Steve Correl and I started the band, Steve went to military school, so i had to find some new partners in crime until he got back. I started working with Terry and Bill Figg mostly woodshedding. When Steve got back we convinced Terry to play bass and we had the final Rationals lineup.


We started small, playing mostly private parties and sock hops until we met Jeep Holland. One thing i didn't know about Terry was that he could really sing. If you listen to I Need You, Zip a Dee Doo Dah, or Listen To Me, you can hear the perfect blend of harmonies that Terry and Steve could produce. I think Terry played bass better than guitar. His bass lines were always inventive. I always thought every bass player copied James Jamerson but Terry said he got his ideas from the British groups.


Things really clicked for us after we started working with Jeep, and in a short period of time we were recording, doing television with Robin Seymour and touring. We just kept building on that premise. Our first record was a hit in Ann Arbor, our second sounded a lot like the Kinks and the Beatles, but it was our third that put us over the top. It was the flip side of Leaving Here, Respect.


By now we were so popular in Detroit that the cops were beating girls off our van with billy clubs. I was horrified but it lead to us stopping the show at Cobo Hall and having girls carried away, having fainted at Hudsons Auditorium.


Our friend Deon Jackson said Terry had a "do wrong smile". I think he was kidding. When we played the Grande, Terry did the opening remarks saying he was sorry we had these colds. A typical understatement that Rob Tyner heard as "the sun, the moon and the stars".


Terry was the Rationals just as the rest of us. When we broke up in 1970 we went out in a blaze of glory having just released our fist album in a singles based world, but Terry wasn't ready to give up. We started a band and recorded with Fred Smith, Mike Davis, and Bill Figg which played one show opening for Tim Buckley. Then we moved on to Guardian Angel with my brother David and Tex Gabriel. We got John Sinclair and Pete Andrews to manage us and kept the ball rolling with some new bandmates. That phase lasted a few years and Terry moved to Los Angeles with Fred Smith and I right behind him. He moved back to Michigan and soon headed to Germany where he formed a band. He lived in New York for awhile.


In 1991, we had a reunion that lasted for several years. Terry and I were the last ones in that project until about 1993 after we did one last recording session. After that we decided to put the reunion to bed.


I guess I could say a lot of high and mighty things about Terry but the proof is in the pudding and it's all on record. He was a great musician, my friend, and I'm gonna miss him. See ya soon, brother.


Paul Gilbert

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“Eating Detroit”

December 30, 2010



Well, I know the years are flying by when I start reminiscing about the foods I crave and the fleeting culinary memories that are about my town Detroit. How about you? Do you remember any of these things and places ?

The all day Holloway taffy sucker Slo-Pokes that you would get on the Bob-lo Boat.
Now that was a sucker. If you planned your licking judiciously it would last from Detroit
to Bob-lo Island and back.

Do you also remember the super fresh potato chips that you would get out of the Better Maid Potato Chip Shop next door to the Senate Movie Theater on Michigan and Livernois? Yes those were the days when they really made potato chips fresh. They packaged them right in front of you in a paper-like cupcake holder kind of how you get popcorn today from the movie theater.

Oh yes, if you are into ice cream, do you remember the Jim Dandy Ice Cream Parlors? They were located all over Detroit. In fact, I used to hang out at the one on Michigan Avenue and Livernois and another one up around 7 Mile and Outer Drive. Now Jim Dandy was the man.

It also seems to me that you used to be able to get a Free Vernor’s on Woodward Ave when you went to visit the Vernor’s Factory in Downtown Detroit. I’m not sure about that, but the word free sticks in my memory. What do you remember?

Downtown Detroit in the Times Square area kitty corner from the old Detroit Times Newspaper office was a restaurant called Rehm’s. I remember the restaurant for the best carrots that I ever had. Yes carrots! And if you don’t believe me you can ask any rabbit in Detroit and they will tell you about the great boiled carrots at Rehm’s Restaurants.

And while we were on our trip to Detroit it wasn’t complete without a hot fudge sundae From Sander’s Ice Cream Parlor on Woodward Avenue. And how about the Delicatessen over there in the Dexter/Davidson area where you got real corn beef and rye sandwiches and only the schmucks would get butter on their bread instead of mustard. Does anyone remember the name of that place?

Plus do any of you remember the A&W Root Beer Stand on Livernois and Joy Rd? I remember it because if you bought a full size hot dog they gave you a small midget glass mug of root beer and you could take the glass home with you. Boy those were the days.
And while we’re in the car we might as well roll on over to 8 Mile and Woodward because that is where the original Big Boy in Detroit was located and man that Big Boy Hamburger was something else. And while we are on the hamburger kick…how many of you remember the great Tel-Way Hamburger joint located on Martin and Michigan Avenue? I remember them even before they had the broken down bull and wagon and I always got mine with M.O.P., (mustard, onion, and pickle). It’s still there and the hamburgers are still real hamburgers.

So, there you go Michelle Obama! How’s that for feeding your face politically ”Un”correct?


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...and to all a good night

December 23, 2010


To My Democrat Friends:

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2010 , but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere . Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wish.


To My Republican Friends:

Merry Christmas

From,

Alberta, russ, Tomas, Jennifer, & Blackout the Fifth

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Talent With A Little Glitch

December 16, 2010



I recently had the pleasure of reading a book by a young Dearborn author Peter Jurich,“Typing with One Hand”.


I never had Peter as a student at Dearborn High, but I knew him as he was an actor in all the school plays for his drama coach Mr. Greg Viscomi. And because many of my students in video production were the same kids that did the lighting and set building for the DHS plays, Peter would hang out in my classroom. So I knew him more as a thespian and a person and not as a student.


Peter has written a book about growing up in Dearborn and learning how to type with one hand. It’s a delight and it is so much fun to read.

In the first part of the book he talks about his years sentenced to a Dearborn Catholic Elementary School whose real name shall remain anonymous for reasons that you will soon learn when you read the book.

And then his next adventure starts when he enrolls in Dearborn High School and parties down with the best of them learning how to drink and tell fibs to his mother. This is something that every parent should read if they think that their child is an innocent angel.

In the third part of the book he finally takes off from home, lands in college, and gets a room and some roommates at Wayne State University who strangely enough turned out to be some of my ex-students from WDHS. “Typing With One Hand” is just one chuckle after another as Peter deals with his roommates and the life and hard times that happens to all young people when they leave the nest.

Peter Jurich is a very talented…talented guy and I am sure that we are going to hear a lot more from Peter. And by the way, the terrific cover art on Peter’s book is done by one of my ex students, Tom Russell, who works at the Henry Ford Centennial Library in Dearborn.




If you get a chance check out Peter on his website Peter Jurich Dot Com. There you will find out more about Peter and his book “Typing With One Hand”. It is a great growing up story and a very readable book and it is something that I think most of you who grew up in Michigan will enjoy reading.


If you are interested in purchasing Peter Jurich’s book, “Typing With One Hand”, you can click on the following link:
"Typing With One Hand"

Congratulations to Dearborn’s own Peter Jurich.


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