Gibbs and Fun at Faena Forum….

Welcome to morobinbarrystories.com! Please join me on twitter @morobinbarry. This site is for Bee Gee fans everywhere who would like to read and share stories of fun, joy, love and inspiration for Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. (Andy is not forgotten and is included at times. )Stories will be posted often, and many will appear in my book, which is still in editing. If you’d like to share a story, please email it to me at morobinbarrystories@gmail.com. At times, I will post articles relating to Gibb events, which I hope the fans will enjoy.

April 23, 2018–Love and Hope 2018 Pt. 5

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This year there was a new twist to the annual Love and Hope Ball. Instead of a formal event at the St. Regis Bal Harbour or the Fontaninebleau, DRI supporters were treated to a night of music, food and casino gaming in a nightclub atmosphere at the Faena Forum. The Forum is a performance event venue in Miami Beach and is used for art, entertainment and business presentations. There are eight halls, a rose marble amphitheater and five meeting rooms. To write that it’s impressive would be an understatement.

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Serving wine during cocktail hour….

When entering the Forum, I had a flashback of a memory, remembering that the first time I went to a Love and Hope Ball I felt that Eliza Doolittle and Professor Higgins were going to walk in, and then I’d have the chance to talk with Colonel Pickering. This year it felt more like a cross between Oceans 11 and going to the dance with Sandy and Danny in Grease. It was a fun atmosphere, and everyone was excited to take a chance on winning PRIZES. How about playing blackjack or roulette? Bidding on auction items (yes, Barry did donate a guitar), and dancing to the DJ playing Bee Gee music? Enjoying cocktails from one of the bars?

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cocktail room–2nd floor……time to party!

Part one of this event began on the second floor, where the cocktail reception was held. Gold tablecloths and light pink flowers  with touches of deep purple covered the tables. Decorations reminiscent of Las Vegas casinos (giant dice and slot machines) provided a light, happy feeling to the space. Not only were cocktails served, there was a buffet fit for royalty that guests could enjoy while having their drinks.

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Cocktail level on 2nd floor…..place cards in dice holders!

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cocktail hour veggies and hummus

In contrast, the dinner was served on the third level. The massive space was divided, with the round dinner tables seating 10-12 on one side, brightly decorated in red, white and purple and the gambling tables and bars on the other end of the room. Dinner was elegant, and the Gibb family was seated dead center. Throughout dinner, they greeted friends and fans and continued to pose for photos. During the short formal program, several of the key players were honored, among them Barry and Linda Gibb, who were Poker Sponsors (along with other dedicated DRI supporters). Barry was congratulated on his upcoming knighthood ceremony, and deafening applause filled the room.

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Barry’s guitar donated for the silent auction

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Beautifully elegant table settings

Literally hundreds of people again worked together for the success of this night, one of many planned for 2018. Not only Executive Chairman Sandra Levy, and National Chairman Kathy Simpkins, but a group of sponsors who were listed on the program (Casino Royal Sponsors, Black Jack Sponsors, Roulette Sponsors, Royal Flush Sponsors), started my head spinning. The tireless DRIF staff and Forum employees, as well as those donating from afar, helped make this dramatically different event a success on every level.

Although fans want to hear about the Gibb family and their every breath, I think it important to emphasize why they attend and what it means.

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Ashley and Therese at the cocktail hour

The Diabetes Research Institute exists for one reason, which is to cure diabetes. Every  event that take place raises funds for research. An important part of the DRIF fundraising is the Gibb family involvement, and their presence and support are invaluable to the work of what is lovingly called “The Federation”, scientists around the world working in tandem with the Florida home base.

Under the leadership of Dr. Camillo Ricordi, trials are currently taking place with participants who are willing and active in the fight against diabetes. Some of these studies are the Islet Transplantation Study, the DIPIT, Diabetes Islet Preservation Immune Treatment Trial and the POSEIDON Trial (High Does Vitamin D and Omega-3 Fatty Acid).

With their findings, the goal is to take the results from the laboratory and positively impact the lives of the patients. To make people well, to eradicate diabetes and to know that a cure is within reach is miraculous.

So use the Gibb model as your guide; follow their example. Check out the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation website, and become a part of the fight. The scientists thank you, the staff thanks you, the volunteers thank you; but most importantly, every person who suffers from this disease thanks you.

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Mike Gibb……Mellow Man…

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Welcome to Morobinbarrystories.com! Please join me on twitter @morobinbarry. This site is for Bee Gee fans who would like to read and share stories of fun, joy, love and inspiration for Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. (Andy is not forgotten and is included at times). If you’d like to share a story, please email me at morobinbarrystories@gmail.com. Stories will be posted often, and many will appear in my book, which is still being edited and tweaked. At times, I will post articles about Gibb events that I hope the fans will enjoy.

April 20, 2018

Whenever I see Mike Gibb, Barry and Linda Gibb’s youngest son, the word “mellow” comes to mind. This makes perfect sense to me, since mellow means “pleasantly smooth”. Yup, that’s Mike all over.

This photos was taken as I talked with Mike while we waited for the elevator at the Faena Forum on High Rollers Night April 14. This is a huge fundraiser for the Diabetes Research Institute and money raised will go towards research to help stop diabetes. As he has done for years, he joins his parents and other family members to support this cause.

I hadn’t  seen Mike in awhile, but he immediately called me by name and gave me that mega super smile. We had our conversation as we rode to the dining room level to enjoy the night’s festivities. He and his wife Jenna had arrived late, and we joked about that. Later as I saw Jenna I knew she took that extra time to dress like a Hollywood star. (she was stunning).

No one needs glasses to see that Mike is knockout handsome. I request a photo for the fans and jokingly call him the “pretty boy” and he blushes. He never seems full of himself or self-involved. In fact, he’s just the opposite. I remember taking psych classes and studying personality types. It’s often those who are physically the most gifted (as in gorgeous and talented) who are the most insecure. I wonder if Mike sometimes fits into this niche.

I am impressed that he is giving acting a shot, even though he didn’t study theater or have professional acting coaches. I find that he is fearless and not foolish for doing so. We talked a bit about him continuing on towards this career. I am sensing thoughtful consideration on his face. He is debating his options now. My background and education are in theater, so I was interested in picking his brain about what he’d like to do.

What’s cool about Mike is that he actually is open and mellow and unpretentious. Two years ago he walked into the Fontainebleau Hotel for the Love and Hope Ball, perfectly outfitted in a black tux that fit him like he was James Bond. I wasn’t ready for how imposing he looked. I remember that all night long heads turned as he walked by, but he was oblivious to the attention.

This event at the Forum is less formal, but he still looks impressive in an open collar black shirt and gray sports jacket. He has eyes that are warm and engaging. The charisma just oozes out of him. It’s an effortless appeal, a natural, calm demeanor that is somehow soothing. I’d love to talk more about acting, but, alas, the doors open and he is quickly approached and surrounded (as though he were a film star).

I’m silently hoping he develops his craft and loves the process while doing it. After having already talked with Ashley earlier in the evening, I mentally note how unique these brothers are, yet their energies are in sync. it’s a Gibb thing for sure because they don’t drink the Kool Aid of being “Hollywood” or better than others. That isn’t how they roll, and this down -to -earth attitude is why people flock to them and care about their every move. It’s also important to remember that the Gibb mentality is to give back, and supporting the DRIF is in the genes. Dedicating time to charity work is attractive and sexy!

As the night progresses, he interacts with fans, and Jenna does the same. I watch from afar as he charms the room, poses for photos, jokes and listens to everyone’s comments, nods his head and holds hands, laughs as selfies are taken and is his best stimulating self.

Thanks so much, Mike, for being another Gibb nice guy. You are so easy to love!

 

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Our Cause….Our Passion

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Is NIcole wearing insulin producing cells?

Welcome to morobinbarrystories.com Please join me on twitter @morobinbarry. This site is for Bee Gee fans everywhere who would like to share and read stories of fun, joy, love and inspiration for Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. (Andy is not forgotten and is included at times). If you’d like to share a story, email it to me at morobinbarrystories@gmail.com. Stories will be posted often and many will appear in my book, which is in the Neverland of editing right now. At times, I will post articles about Gibb events, which I hope the fans will enjoy.

April 19, 2018

Here is part of the reason the Gibb family loves attending events and continues to work for this most worthy of charities: the devotion of the staff and its goal.

 

I can’t explain the energy, the camaraderie or the spirit of the Diabetes Research Institute staff as they work together with a common goal. There is a quiet strength of purpose, coupled with a respect for each other’s  roles and talents. These men and women are assisting the scientists and all of the researchers as they search for the cure, echoing the words of their leader, Dr. Camillo Ricordi, who is determined to stop this deadly disease from affecting the next generation.

When talking one-on-one with various team members at the High Rollers Night event on April 14, I posed the same question “Why do you love your work with the DRI?” The responses were the same, although the words were different. “We’re a team, and it really does take a village.” “We work for a cause that is so much larger than we are”. “I’m inspired every day by the dedication of everyone I work with”.  “I’m working for a cause that makes a difference in peoples’ lives”.

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Staff checking in guests outside of the Faena Forum

On this warm Saturday afternoon in Miami Beach, the staff arrives and faces a 10-hour work day ahead. The mood is light but focused, if that makes sense. Everyone is getting organized as they prepare for the hundreds of attendees who will descend on the Forum in two hours.

I met “Kit” Wills, the new Director Development for the Florida region of the DRI. She is tall, elegant and lovely, and has been with the DRI for almost a year now working in a demanding position. From the look on her face to the inflections of her voice, she responded to my question with sincerity and emotion. “Everyone has such passion and dedication to the cause.” It’s clear that she is inspired by this cause that has kept Barry and Linda Gibb as supportive and active donors and participants for over thirty years.

Sheryl and Dan Saper work outside, greeting guests with big smile and great energy. Lauren, Joelle, Lori, Karen and a long list of devoted employees go about checking everything from the seat counts in the ballroom area to the Reserved Table signs in the cocktail lounge.

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Sheryl and Dan Saper—-Their energy makes me want to pull out my checkbook and donate to the DRI

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Happy banquet supervisors getting ready for High Rollers Night

The DRI employees check with the banquet staff, the bartenders and everyone else who will have a role in keeping this night rolling along without a moment’s hesitation.

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Checking the place cards for table assignments….

Reserved

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Model on stilts welcoming guests outside of Faena Forum

Yes, they are even checking on the model outside, who parades on stilts and gives an edgy feeling to the casino theme of this fundraiser. I asked this lovely model how she was balancing herself so well and she commented to me, “It’s easier than walking on stilettos”.

As I watch them work, their words echo in my head. “It sounds cliche, but we are all cogs in the wheel. One doesn’t work alone.” “I know it sounds trite, but we all have a passion for this cause.”

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See what I mean? Smiles for miles and happy to be a part of this event—love them…….

 

By the end of the night, the staff is exhausted, but funds have been raised, the guests have loved every minute of their experience and the memories of another successful event are bright and clear in the minds of each person involved. Whew! I’m tired just remembering all the work and energy that was expended by this dedicated group of dynamic people.

It makes one want to help in any way possible, so please go to the Diabetes Research Foundation website and donate, create a fundraiser, buy a shirt,  or become a DRI Insider.

After all, “it does take a village”.

 

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Men of Honor

Welcome to morobinbarrystories! Please join me on twitter @morobinbarry. This site is for Bee Gee fans everywhere who would like to read and share stories of fun, joy, love and inspiration for Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. (Andy is not forgotten and is included at times). If you’d like to share a story, please email it to me at morobinbarrystories@gmail.com. Stories will be posted often and many will appear in my book, which is still in editing. At times, I will post articles about Gibb events, which I hope the fans will enjoy.

B and Dr. R

No matter what words I use to discuss Dr. Camillo Ricordi and Sir Barry Gibb they will fall short of what these truly distinguished men of honor deserve. In dramatically different fields of expertise, they still come together and present dynamic role models of achievement.

Bee Gee fans worldwide know of Barry’s achievements that span half a century. His continued work in recent years from his wildly successful Mythology Tour, release of a new album, In the Now, and upcoming work on a musical about the life of the Bee Gees, are mind-boggling. However, I believe that he feels most proud of his amazing family and his long marriage to Linda. Anyone associated with the Diabetes Research Institute knows that Barry and Linda’s generous support of this Foundation is also at the top of the list of key successes in a long life of charity work.

I remember writing a story years ago about how the concert for UNICEF in 1979 that was spearheaded by the Bee Gees raised millions of dollars, and Barry and Linda haven’t stopped giving back since.

This year Barry and Linda were Poker Sponsors for the High Rollers Night, and their appearance adds so much more because it brings fans to the event as well and provides great energy and excitement.

Dr. R

In contrast to Barry Gibb, Dr. Camillo Ricordi isn’t a musician or a performer; but he, like Barry, stands far above others in his field as an innovative, brilliant, creative mind with no equal. He is the Stacy Joy Goodman Professor of Surgery, Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Miami, Florida, where he is the Director of the Diabetes Research Institute.

There are several other titles, and it’s an impressive list, but the bottom line is that he is one of the world’s leading scientists in diabetes cure-focused research. It’s important to remember that the DRI collaborates with other institutions all over the world. Classical trials can be done, which pools the resources. The search for a cure continues throughout what is called “the Federation”. What this means for fans is that whether they live in Germany, Holland, Italy or anywhere else in the world, they can benefit from the collaborative efforts of the DRI.

Anyone interacting with either of these men realizes that they are in the presence of brilliant minds, and the best part is that they are kind and loving human beings. They come together to support a cause, and events like the High Rollers night raise funds so that the researchers can continue their clinical trials.

We should all remember the focus, and to hold on to the hope for a cure. As Dr. Ricordi states, “We will cure diabetes. This is not a prediction;it is a promise.

A thousand thanks to Barry and his family for supporting this cause and to Dr. Ricordi and his entire team for persevering until his prediction comes to fruition. The world is lucky to have all of them and their passionate dedication to stop diabetes in its tracks.

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Men of Honor

Welcome to morobinbarrystories! Please join me on twitter @morobinbarry. This site is for Bee Gee fans everywhere who would like to read and share stories of fun, joy, love and inspiration for Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. (Andy is not forgotten and is included at times). If you’d like to share a story, please email it to me at morobinbarrystories@gmail.com. Stories will be posted often and many will appear in my book, which is still in editing. At times, I will post articles about Gibb events, which I hope the fans will enjoy.

April 18, 2018

B and Dr. R

No matter what words I use to discuss Dr. Camillo Ricordi and Sir Barry Gibb they will fall short of what these truly distinguished men of honor deserve. In dramatically different fields of expertise, they still come together and present dynamic role models of achievement.

Bee Gee fans worldwide know of Barry’s achievements that span half a century.  His continued work in recent years from his wildly successful Mythology Tour, release of a new album, In the Now, and upcoming work on a musical about the life of the Bee Gees, are mind-boggling. However, I believe that he feels most proud of his amazing family and his long marriage to Linda. Anyone associated with the Diabetes Research Institute knows that Barry and Linda’s generous support of this Foundation is also at the top of the list of key successes in a long life of charity work.

I remember writing a story years ago about how the concert for UNICEF in 1979 that was spearheaded by the Bee Gees raised millions of dollars, and Barry and Linda haven’t stopped giving back since.

This year Barry and Linda were Poker Sponsors for the High Rollers Night, and their appearance adds so much more because it brings fans to the event as well and provides great energy and excitement.

Dr. R

In contrast to Barry Gibb, Dr. Camillo Ricordi isn’t a musician or a performer; but he, like Barry, stands far above others in his field as an innovative, brilliant, creative mind with no equal. He is the Stacy Joy Goodman Professor of Surgery, Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Miami, Florida, where he is the Director of the Diabetes Research Institute.

There are several other titles, and it’s an impressive list, but the bottom line is that he is one of the world’s leading scientists in diabetes cure-focused research. It’s important to remember that the DRI collaborates with other institutions all over the world. Classical trials can be done, which pools the resources. The search for a cure continues throughout what is called “the Federation”. What this means for fans is that whether they live in Germany, Holland, Italy or anywhere else in the world, they can benefit from the collaborative efforts of the DRI.

Anyone interacting with either of these men realizes that they are in the presence of brilliant minds, and the best part is that they are kind and loving human beings. They come together to support a cause, and events like the High Rollers night raise funds so that the researchers can continue their clinical trials.

We should all remember the focus, and to hold on to the hope for a cure. As Dr. Ricordi states, “We will cure diabetes. This is no a prediction;it is a promise.

A thousand thanks to Barry and his family for supporting this cause and to Dr. Ricordi and his entire team for persevering until his prediction comes to fruition. The world is lucky to have all of them and their passionate dedication to stop diabetes in its tracks.

 

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Social Force of Nature

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Welcome to morobinbarrystories.com! Please join me on twitter @ morobinbarry. This site of for Bee Gee fans everywhere who would like to share and read stories about Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. (Andy is not forgotten and is included at times.) If you’d like to share a story, please email it to me at morobinbarrystories@gmail.com. Stories will be posted often and many will appear in my book, which is still in editing. At times, I will add reports and stories about Gibb events that I hope the fans will enjoy.

April 17, 2018

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I’m taking a different angle as I write about the Diabetes Research Institute High Rollers Night in Miami Beach. I’ll be posting several shorter, more personal stories for the fans and will give my take on the night’s intriguing and fun moments.

As one might expect, there are perks to being able to write about the Gibbs. Most often, I enjoy standing on the sidelines watching their interactions with whoever is determined to “get the photos”, “give a hug”, “share a chat” and post to Instagram and Facebook.

It gets grueling and crazy, but during the DRI High Rollers Night, I smiled my way through the evening observing Ashley Gibb being cool.

It’s been five years now of seeing Ashley and his wife Therese at various events and concerts. Often he is watching out for his parents and being supportive. Early on this evening, I talked with him; and as usual, he was funny, self-deprecating and interesting. When Ashley speaks with someone, he gives his full attention.

As a husband and father, I’d bet that he has his share of normal family challenges and both good and bad times; but during his public outings, his extroverted personality is engaging and charismatic. He and Therese are a built in family public relations force of nature.

It doesn’t hurt that great looks and killer smile come along with the patient man who not only posed for photos for several hours but also had fun in the process. His energy is palpable.

He’s a good sport and a nice guy, and Therese is a perfect match for him. She knows who she is and presents herself with confidence, poise and intelligence; and yet she’s willing to cut loose and give the fans the thrill they long for as they enjoy a kinship with her.

Of course, anyone might tell me that Ashley and Therese have had many years of practice doing the “social event” “and “be with the fans” thing. I say that it takes a special temperament to be comfortable and relaxed with the demands they face from the public. Whether or not their patience is tested to the limit, on this night they were enjoying themselves and making scores of people happy, both during the cocktail hour and then later as people surrounded them at the gambling tables.

After decades of being mentioned as the son “who looks like his dad” and the boy who “is a Barry clone”, he also is clearly his own man. I’ve heard comments that Ashley is “so nice”, “always smiling”, “fun to talk with”, “such a doll” and “so sweet”. Yes, all this is true, but there seem to be layers to him far deeper than what we see. Wouldn’t it be fun to learn more about those layers? I’d like to spend some time with him and learn more about this man and hope that time comes where I am able to do so. Thanks, Ashley, for being the gentlemanly, gallant guy that you are……smooth and cool……..

 

 

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Easter and Passover Blessings

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Welcome to morobinbarrystories.com! Join me on twitter @morobinbarry. This site is for Bee Gee fans everywhere who would like to read and share stories of fun, joy, love and inspiration for Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. (Andy is not forgotten and is often included). If you’d like to share a story, please email it to me at morobinbarrystories@gmail.com. Stories will be posted often. Sometimes I will write about Gibb events and add photos as well. I hope you will be able to read my book soon, even though it is still being edited and tweaked. I am dreaming of a publication date this year!

March 30, 2018

Christ

Today is the holiest of days, Good Friday. For those millions who celebrate, we know that the hours of 12-3 were the saddest hours of the year, for that’s the time that Christ hung on the cross. The good news is that he rose again, and we all have him to thank for our lives. Passover also begins today, and that’s a rare occurrence (for Good Friday and Passover to be on the same day). For the Jews celebrating this spring festival that commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery, many blessings.

I mention these two days because I think that Bee Gee fans somehow know that having the three brothers for nearly fifty years of composing, performing and giving their many talents to the world, is truly a miracle. Maybe some of you might think this connection is a stretch, but I don’t. The three brothers professed their faith in individualistic fashion.

I like to think that Robin, Maurice and Andy are looking down upon us and sending great energy and love. It’s the time for Spring and rebirth and for sharing and continuing to keep alive the Bee Gee music we love.

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All three brothers were blessed with special gifts of intellect and humor and great faith and love in their lives that they translated to their music. Barry and Linda Gibb are fortunate to still have one another to lean on so that neither one falls. She supports him in whatever endeavors he pursues, and they and their family have been giving back to their community for decades, and the Diabetes Research Institute has been their number one charity.

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Physicians at the DRI

What is inspiring about their charity work is how the next generation of Gibbs have followed in Barry and Linda’s footsteps.

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Gibb girls at Haute Tea fundraiser for DRIF

Little miracles of hope happen every day as a result of what the Diabetes Research Foundation accomplishes, and the Gibb support is an asset to every step forward that they make in the battle to fight Type I diabetes.

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Michael and Travis Gibb and their wives, Jenna and Stacy at DRI Love and Hope Ball

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Steve at rehearsal in Hollywood Bowl

Another little gift from God comes in the form of Gibb family members who perform and share their love of music; Steve and Samantha Gibb have it in their blood; and anyone who was lucky enough to see them on the Mythology Tour or to watch video of their performances, knows how talented they are.

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Barry with Samantha in LA

I get misty when thinking about losing 2/3 of the Bee Gees and how painful their passing is for fans around the world. We miss Robin and Maurice and reflect on their loss but appreciate what they left for us to treasure. They were truly unique and irreplaceable.

Barryand Robin

I hardly think a day goes by without Barry reflecting on his brothers and thinking about what they might say or do if they were with him as he navigates the music world without them. I know they will be along for the ride as Barry works on the musical that is in the works that will showcase the Bee Gees and their lives. How amazing will this be?

Barry’s magic fingers continue to create and inspire, and we are blessed beyond measure to know that he still wants to write. What kind of wizardry will he create next? I know in my heart that eventually he will want to spend time with the family and stop performing, but we all can fall back on the hundreds of pieces of treasured music we already have. The one part of this that will be missed is watching the fans get excited at events and concerts, but the memories are still tucked away to recall when we get nostalgic.

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fans in Chicago

So, as we celebrate these most holy holidays, I pray that we are grateful and inspired to share Bee Gee music whenever we can. The legacy of the Gibb brothers will live on through the fans. Happy Easter and Blessed Passover to all.

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What Their Music Means to Me

Barry Gibb

Welcome to morobinbarrystories.com! Please join me on twitter @morobinbarry. This site is for Bee Gee fans everywhere who would like to share and read stories of fun, joy, love and inspiration for Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. (Andy is not forgotten and is included at times). If you’d like to share a story, please email it to me at morobinbarrystories@gmail.com. Stories will be posted often and many will appear in my book, which is still being tweaked and edited and updated and polished! At times, I will write about Gibb events, which I hope the fans will enjoy.

February 16

This story comes from a very dedicated fan, and her passion for the brothers comes through in every word, tugging at the heart!

Terri

I’ve been listening to the Bee Gees since I was old enough to have my first transistor radio. I’ve never known a world without them. I was born in December of 1960, so when they were hitting the radio I was pretty young. Their music got me through many hard times or times I thought were tough at the time. I’ve admired them as people and artists. I always thought Robin as being original; I identified with him in that aspect. Maurice seemed to be the middle guy; I also identified wit that for many reasons. Barry, or shall I say, Sir Barry, was everything I wanted in a man. What makes him so special in my eyes has nothing to do with his looks, although he is one sexy man and age hasn’t changed that one bit. What I found to make him so amazing was his love and devotion to his family. His love for them is so apparent in many ways.

As a whole, I loved that fame never seemed to change the way the brothers were. They stayed so real, so human. To me, they felt like someone who you could hang out with, no egos, no big heads and plenty of laughs. I love jokesters and love their humor.

I had my children very young. I devoted my life to them with the knowledge that when they were adults, I could go finish my education in the Veterinary field and fulfill my hopes and dreams. However, just prior to my youngest turning 18, my oldest daughter gave birth to my grandson Jacob who has special needs. He is severely autistic. For the last 22 years, I’ve been raising Jacob.

Due to this, employment status isn’t good; therefore, finances aren’t good. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not complaining, just explaining.

Now to explain what the Bee Gees and their music mean to me. They take me back to days when I was young and still full of promise of what was to come in my life. They bring me back to happy times. Their individual lives give me hope for my future.

Maurice fought hard and overcame his dependency on alcohol. He was a fighter and made things right with his family. Robin seemed to be so quick-witted, something I enjoy being. Barry gives me the hope that someday maybe I will find someone to share my life with that will love me in the way he and Linda love each other.

I’ve never had the privilege of seeing the Bee Gees in concert or Sir Barry as a solo. I hope and pray that Sir Barry will tour at least one more time and that somehow I can go see him. I don’t have a huge bucket list, but at the top of it is to see Sir Barry.

 

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Maurice Gibb-Thank you!

Welcome to morobinbarrystories.com! Please join me on twitter @morobinbarry.
This site is for Bee Gee fans everywhere who would like to share and read stories of fun, joy, love and inspiration for Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. (Andy is not forgotten and is included at times). If you’d like to share a story, please email it to me at morobinbarrystories@gmail.com. Stories will be posted often and many will be included in my book, which is still in editing as I write this. I promise it is making progress, and I hope to get it published one day in the next decade! (only kidding). At times I will write about Gibb events, which I hope the fans will enjoy.

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January 9, 2018

Today I am pulling a story about Maurice. It’s often difficult for me to read them, since I still feel the pain of his loss, but they also make me smile, since the fans show their love for him in so many different ways.  I hope you all enjoy it.

Catherine-Toronto

My Mom loved Maurice Gibb when she was a young teen, and she kept pictures of him in  a box in her bedroom all her life. She kept it in a closet and would take it out once in awhile and show me the magazines and photos. Bee Gee music was often playing when I came home from school, and Mom would seem so happy.

She thought he and Lulu were much too young to get married, and she told me all about how upset she was when he got divorced so young. I was just a little girl when she ‘educated” me about the Bee Gees, and she made it clear that Mo was “her guy”. Her face would light up when she talked about him.

He was “cheeky”, “sweet”, “generous”, “funny”, “sensitive” and “gorgeous”. How she knew all this I wasn’t sure (I was five), but I knew that she meant what she said. No one in the family (especially my Dad) would dare say a word in favor of Barry or Robin. Mom admitted that Barry was a great singer and Robin’s sound was unique, but there was something about the way Maurice interacted with fans that made him special.

She got to see him in concert twice before I was born, and she would relive every moment of each concert as she told me about his sense of humor and how wonderful he was when he played the guitar or the keyboards. She told me that “the best things come in small packages (like diamonds) and Maurice was a diamond.

She conceded that Yvonne was “adorable and good for him”, even though she was as jealous as she could be. My Dad would shake his head and give me a knowing look, as if to say “there’s no talking to her”, when she started talking about him. She said that he was “the best part of growing up with music every day”.

I don’t think that kids of my generation had anyone quite like him to idolize. I know that Michael Jackson (when I was little) and ‘NSync (loved boy bands) were my favorites, but I liked their music, whereas my mom LOVED the man, as well as the music. He made an impact that no one else could make, and I think he must have felt the love from the fans because of his charisma. Mom said his “charisma” was exciting and genuine.

I hope he knew how he affected people and what devotion they had for him. It would be sad to think he didn’t know that because he made my Mom so happy, and that’s a wonderful way to be remembered. I’d like to thank him for his special gifts and let him know how much he meant to so many.

 

 

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How Blessed We Are

 

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Welcome to Morobinbarrystories.com! Please join me on twitter @morobinbarry. This site is for Bee Gee fans everywhere who would like to read and share stories of fun, joy, love and inspiration for Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. Andy is included at times as well. If you’d like to share a story, please email it to me at morobinbarrystories@gmail.com. Stories will be posted at times and many will appear in my book, which is still in the editing process. (This is a forever process, and my patience is truly an asset at this point).

December 24, 2017

On this Christmas Eve, it’s not unusual to reflect on one’s blessings and to appreciate what enriches our lives. Over the last several years, I have been reminded numerous times that Bee Gee fans are generous and compassionate, They are dedicated and loyal (not sounding like my German Shepherd Joey here, but it’s true). They having loving families and friends, and their loyalty to all things Gibb is mind-boggling.

Whether they have been fans for fifty years or two years (one fan wrote saying she was 19 and wished all music today was like the Bee Gees), the common thread is the love of the music and the affection for all the brothers.

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Fans in Philly

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Fans filled with excitement on Mythology Tour

As with Barry and his family, they often volunteer for various charities and share their time freely to help raise funds and awareness for those in need. Although many of them have sometimes faced debilitating challenges in their lives, they choose to be optimistic and hopeful, a true trademark of Bee Gee fans.

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Barry with Dr. Ricordi at the Love and Hope Ball for the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation

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Barry with Ashley, Steve and Mike at the Haute Tea (surprising Linda as she is honored for her years of service to the DRIF)

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Ali and Linda arriving at the Haute Tea in 2016

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Barry and Samantha in LA

Fans are multi-talented themselves, and I am amazed at their contributions to society and their communities. It’s an honor meeting and interacting with them, and I know that they feel blessed to meet one another at concerts and on Facebook and through GSI as they share their passions for Barry, Robin, Maurice and Andy Gibb.

Just as Barry and Linda, Yvonne and Dwina make their families the number one priority in their lives, fans also nurture and care for their loved ones and appreciate them more as time goes by. At holiday time, it seems as though we are more grateful than ever for those who support and care for us.

So as we celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah. let us be uplifted by all our blessings, whether many or few. A kind smile for a stranger, a tight hug, a card in the mail, a dish of homemade cookies, a phone call to a long ago friend, extra dollars in the collection plate at church, and as many thank you’s we can think of…….let us share these blessings.

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There’s always something wonderful to smile about……….

 

 

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