GRATITUDE

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July 31, 2019

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted on this website, and it’s because I’ve been working hard on my book edits so that it can get published (God willing) some time before the end of the decade! I am grateful, grateful, grateful to so many people for their support and kindness. I am so lucky to have met many of the Gibb family and to interact with fans who love them.

I want to thank the fans around the world who have been so kind with emails and stories and who inspire me every day. I’d like to post one of my first stories that was in my first little black and white notebook from 1999. Have a great August, everyone!

Julie

New York

I don’t remember my life without the Bee Gees. I think I was four when I was dancing  with my Mom to “You Should Be Dancing” in the living room. I would yell at her for singing too loud and tell her that I couldn’t hear the words to the song. She would tell me that “I can’t help singing and dancing. It’s part of my DNA”. Of course, at 4 I didn’t know what she meant, but I grew up singing songs from the Bee Gees and sang everywhere I went. We’d be in Walmart and I’d start singing. I sang in the library, in the park while swinging on the swing set and even in church.

Other kids would give me crazy looks and adults would laugh and sing along. My Mom reminds me even today of how I would entertain everyone with “Night Fever”. I don’t think Barry, Robin and Maurice realized how much they influenced kids as well as adults.

My own children sing the songs, and I get nostalgic but am enjoying every minute.

Thanks to the Bee Gees for their wonderful music and all the fun I’ve had with my Mom and my kids over the years.

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Five Years On….A Few Photos

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. If you’d like to share a story, please email it to me at morobinbarrystories@gmail.com. Many will appear in my book, and I hope to get it published this year! My editor is working now……and thanks to those of you who have been so patient about this. At times, I will write about Gibb events, which I hope the fans will like.

May 22, 2019

Five years ago I went on a journey with Barry Gibb and his family and crew and all the fans who love him. I took 1600 photos. Here are a few that I love and am grateful to share.

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Feeling an array of emotions in Boston

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Nearly overcome with love from the fans in Boston

 

 

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The crowd didn’t care about the rain, and he loved their enthusiasm

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Crying a little…but we all were…..

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Waving hello in Philly

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Enjoying the crowd in Philly with his magic guitar

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So happy with the Philly crowd

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Good Lord, pointing at my camera!

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With his brothers around him in Chicago

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Chicago fans made him laugh and cry…..but I like laughing better!

 

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San Francisco was spectacular, and he got all knotted up by the love and energy of the crowd

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Spectacular in San Francisco

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Having fun

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Tearing up in LA

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Closed eyes with emotion again

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Hollywood Bowl excitement

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Looking at the crowd after encore and nearly immobile with emotion

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Waving goodbye in LA

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Living the happy ending to a spectacular tour and knowing he is loved

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It’s Robin’s Month

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). If you’d like to share a story, please email it to me at morobinbarrystories@gmail.com. Stories will be posted at this site and on GSI, as well as some other fan sites around the world. Some will be in my book, which is still in editing. At times, I will at posts about Gibb events, which I hope the fans will enjoy.

May 2, 2019

It’s Robin’s month of remembrance, as fans recall is hauntingly beautiful voice and gentle spirit, his humanitarian efforts and brilliant intelligence. Enjoy this lovely story.

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Here is a tribute to our beloved Robin from a fan whose devotion goes back more than 30 years. As Robin said, “What I do and what I have done all these years, it’s not a job; it’s my love.”  It’s clear that the fans from New York to Australia feel that love in every song he sang.

 

Marie’s words surely represent so many inspirational messages I have received.

MARIE

CHICAGO

 

Being a Bee Gees fan has been a part of me since I was a very young girl. When I was 10, the Bee Gees were young themselves and touring the U.S. for short periods of time. This was before the “Night Fever” crazy times. My older sister had both the Main Course and Mr. Natural albums, and I remember that the first song I heard Robin Gibb sing was “Come On Over”. Although songs like “Massachusetts” and “I Started a Joke” and a whole list of others were more famous at that point, for some reason, this particular song affected me in a dramatic way. I had such a crush on him and imagined seeing him sing to me some day. I first saw him perform in Chicago in 1975 and that was a dream come true. I felt like I was struck by lightening. His voice was so beautiful; and although my sister and I had watched him act funny and crazy on television (there were so many over the years, like Johnny Carson and Mike Douglas and then Phil Donahue) he seemed so serious when he was at the microphone. He fascinated me. I think that concert was the first night I knew I’d be a fan forever. Through the disco years and for several years afterwards, there was so much focus on Barry’s falsetto sound, and I loved all three brothers, but Robin had my heart. His voice was always with me, and he was part of my maturing years, my wedding, my divorce, the birth of my kids, my good and bad days. I could always listen to Robin and be happy. I was like all his fans, waiting for the new music, the next tour, his latest charity endeavors, his interviews. I think that Robin represents all that is good about a musician and performer because he loved his craft and was dedicated and kept trying to create the best for the fans. The loyalty of his fans around the world doesn’t surprise me a bit. He hit me between the eyes when I was a vulnerable little girl, and he still affects me the same way today.

 

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Young Love for the Bee Gees

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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 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. Many stories will be saved for the appendix of my book, which is getting edited over and over again! At times I will write about Gibb events, which I hope the fans will enjoy.

March 31, 2019

I am beyond thrilled to hear from young music lovers who play the Bee Gees and appreciate the music. Enjoy this story from a smart girl from Texas!

Baylee—Texas

HI, my name is Baylee. I’m 21 years-old and from Texas. I came across your site on Twitter and reading all of the stories shared on your website inspired me to share mine.

Basically I was raised on the Bee Gees. When I was practically a baby, my Mom played them and from the first time I listened to them, I was instantly hooked and I just wanted to keep listening to them.

By the time I was 18 months old, I knew how to control the stereo; and because of that, I kept the Bee Gees on a constant loop and my fondest memory of me being little is me dancing to songs like “More Than a Woman”. It’s possibly my Mom’s favorite story and my cousin’s favorite story of me to tell. I became known as the “old soul” of my family.

I’ll never forget when I heard the news of Robin passing away. I found out through my mother on Facebook’ and after hear the news, I was upset for awhile. It was the first time I had ever felt the loss of an artist I loved so dearly and 9 days after his passing, I turned 15, and even on my birthday, I still felt sorrow over the loss of him.

Here I am now, 21, and my love for the Bee Gees is still as strong as ever, and I know it always will be that way. The were my first favorite band, and they’ll always be one of my favorites. In fact, I believe that they’re the reason as to why I’m so passionate about music and also why I want to turn my passion into a writing career.

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The Forever Love for Andy

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Welcome to morobinbarrystories! This site is for Bee Gee fans who would like to 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 would like to share a story, please email it to me at morobinbarrystories@gmail.com. Stories will be posted often and some will appear in my book. At times, I will write about Gibb events, which I hope the fans will enjoy. Please forgive my not posting as often, since I am working on edits to my book and want to finish it, along with my semester of teaching at Syracuse University. I am so busy, but I think of the fans daily!

 

This week it’s time to think about how wonderful it is to remember Andy Gibb. His birthday anniversary is in a few days, and I am responding to requests to include Andy on these pages. The following are two Andy stories that echo the sentiments of millions of fans. I hope you enjoy the memories.

 

Mary S.

 

NYC

 

Cathy and Her Idol

 

When I was a teenager in 1980, I had already been in love with Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb for nearly ten years. I was the ideal devoted fan, but it was nothing compared to my younger sister Cathy’s adoration of Andy Gibb.  She talked about him incessantly. Every conversation had his name in it somewhere. We could be talking about Uncle Bill’s new car and Cathy would find a way to work Andy into the discussion. “I wonder if Andy would like a Mustang or a Corvette better?” It was exhausting living with her. Her room was a shrine to him. There were posters, magazines, glossy photos. You name it. If it was for sale, Cathy had it in her room. For years, every birthday and Christmas request involved something relating to Andy. I remember her playing “I Just Want To Be Your Everything” at least a hundred times a day. On Saturday mornings, she and I would clean the house (our major weekly chore) while my parents were out shopping. Cathy would crank up the volume on the record player, and we’d sing the whole Flowing Rivers album. I can still see her waving the feather duster around and dancing to his music. I was freaked out by Night Fever while she was into Andy. We’d discuss and debate about each brother….how much Andy and Barry looked alike, how different Andy sounded from Robin, who was the sexiest? Answer”  ALL OF THEM! It was such a fun time. When “Shadow Dancing” was released, Andy was a huge star and “Don’t Throw It All Away” was “Cathy’s song”. The highlight of my sister’s life was seeing Andy on Broadway in “Joseph”. My parents surprised her with tickets for her 15th birthday, and I got to see the show, too. It was right before Christmas in 1982. I was blown away by Andy’s performance in that show. Cathy kept telling me, “He’s such a great actor”, “He’s so talented”, “He’s a natural at whatever he does”. It was a night we’d never forget. What a great memory for us. There was something about Andy that was so special. He was sweet, sensitive, and vulnerable. To this day, I don’t remember a time when Cathy was able to talk about his passing. It was devastating to her, as it was to the world, but she always tried to focus on all the great music he made. She said his fans would still be his fans forever, and she was right. My sister Cathy passed away from a severe pneumonia attack in 1992. She was 25 years-old. I have her Andy collection, everything from her singles to the ticket stubs, and I’ll always keep them in memory of her and her favorite singer, Andy Gibb. He was a huge part of making my sister’s teenage years happy. Whenever she talked about him, she was laughing or smiling, and it’s important for me to remember both of them that way.

 

FRAN M.

 

LA

 

I Will Always Love Andy

 

I want to tell you about my favorite Gibb brother—ANDY! I love the Bee Gees, but I have to say that my heart was really with Andy from the moment he hit the pop scene. Growing up in LA, I had seen the Bee Gees perform twice and was crazy for them. I loved how they all seemed approachable and like regular guys, and then Andy started doing his thing and his charisma and talent were just unbelievable. I became a serious Andy follower in 1977. Even though he could have been overshadowed by Night Fever when it took over the music scene all around the world, he was still successful and so popular in a short amount of time.  I saw him in concert on his first tour and saw him do Pirates of Penzance and could not get over what a great actor he was. I think all of the brothers could have been actors if they had wanted to do it, but Andy was the only one to do the Broadway thing, and that took courage, I thought. I was so surprised when I saw him in person and he looked so young but so much like his brother Barry it was wild. He was like a mini-younger Barry physically, but he had his own style. It was just a charisma that is hard to describe. I don’t think he realized how much of an impact he had on the fans. He was so sweet and seemed innocent. I think maybe the fame just overwhelmed him somehow. I wished that he had sung more with his brothers because they were such a wonderful family, and I thought a tour with all of them would have been a once-in-a-lifetime event.  I had been a concert groupie with my friends for a long time, trying to see as many as I could. There are many performers who have had an impact on me. I’ve been lucky in LA to see people like Springsteen, Elton John, and country artists like George Strait and Garth Brooks. No one ever impressed me the way Andy Gibb did, and that is saying something. He has left a huge imprint on my life. He brought so much to the music world, and he was a heartthrob just like Elvis. He had that kind of magic, believe me. I treasure all of my Andy memories more than I can say. Thank God I have these personal experiences because it was like a dream to see him in person. I know that in the minds of fans all around the world Andy is still loved and missed. I think of him every day.

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Now, this is dramatic!

 

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Welcome to morobinbarrystorie.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). If you’d like to share a story, please email it to me at morobinbarrystories@gmail.com. Stories will be posted often and some will appear in my book. At times, I will post articles about Gibb events, that I hope the fans will enjoy.

January 21, 2019

All I can say about this story that I received recently is that I thought nothing could surprise me, but I was wrong. (I have not changed syntax or edited this for spacing. It is just exactly as it was sent to me.)

Maria in Mexico

I want to tell you this anecdote that happened to me in October 2016.

I was doing a certain kind of work for Mexico’s federal government in the rural area of my municipality. In some communities there is no transportation and since I do not own a car I had to walk a lot between one inhabited place and another one, between cultivated fields and totally lonely places.

One of those days while walking and listening to Main Course, I noticed the loneliness that surrounded me and I thought alarmed that someone could attack me with impunity and even kill me without anyone knowing more about me (you know the level of insecurity in Mexico currently) and I felt scared, but almost instantly my fear faded away because I clearly felt four presences that were with me. I know with absolute certainty (and can’t explain myself why feel so) that were my beloved mother, Andy, Maurice and Robin who accompanied me.

It was so intense the feeling that they were going with me, that I felt their embrace with warm autumn breeze and I practically felt wrapped in a wave of warmth and security that nothing bad was going to happen to me, and I felt so protected, so sure, that I started to cry with gratitude, while their music in my ears sounded like a very personal message from them to me.

Someone could call me nuts or fanatic, I don’t care because I’m sure in that afternoon their Loe was surrounding me.

Nothing more to say, dear Anne Wish you the best in this coming 2019 and thanks for the love and care you show for our boys and their families.

Sending hugs and blessings,

Maria del Carmen Gonzalez Alvarado

 

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A Reflection for Fans….

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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 about Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. If you’d like to share a story, please email it to me at morobinbarrystorie@gmail.com. Stories will be posted often, and some will appear in my book, which I do promise is in the editing stage. At times, I will post articles about Gibb events, which I hope fans will enjoy.

December 31, 2018

Happy New Year to fans around the world……

I have a few thoughts of reflection as this year comes to an end.

There is a man, a very good and different man, who God gifted with special power, not the kind of power that doctors who heal possess, not the power that scientists who research possess. The likes of engineers or mathematicians are indeed rare and to be admired.

These individuals are gifted in a way that is sometimes  impossible to comprehend. However, the man I am thinking of possesses a different kind of power that stands the test of many decades of scrutiny. This power cheers when there is sadness and brings smiles when seemingly simple sounds are heard. It could be a few notes and a spirit is lifted, a heart lightened, joy given.

The power of music soothes, thrills, excites, enriches and engages all five senses. This power brought he and his brothers names of description such as “legend”, “icon”, “poet”, “genius”, truly daunting words and tough to live up to in a changing universe where new generations take over. This icon must balance the reputation with the new visions, the instant technology and the demands of society.

I think this power surely comes with burdens that weigh heavily, for who among us, having lost pieces of himself, is ever the same?

Yet, he thrives, shines and endures. Sir Barry and Robin, Maurice and Andy will live on in our hearts, and the music will go on forever. Many blessings to Barry and his family, to all the descendants who carry those wonderful Gibb genes….Yvonne and her children and grandchildren,  Dwina and her children and grandchildren and Andy’s descendants as well.

Worldwide fans know there is no need to fear the loss of Gibb music…..for they certainly pass on the beautiful sounds to their families and friends. How wonderful for the generations to come.

Happy New Year to all!

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Happy Birthday, Gibb men!

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 some will appear in my book. At times, I will write about Gibb events that I hope the fans will enjoy.

December 1, 2018

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Mike Gibb at High Rollers Night

It’s that time of year again, when the celebration begins for two of the Gibb boys. Linda Gibb gave birth to two of her sons on the same day of the calendar, December 1. Steve was born 11 years before Mike; but how ironic is it that of the 365 days of the year, they were given life on this one day?

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Steve during Mythology Tour–Boston

I always like to look up the Zodiac sign and see if I agree with what it says about a person born under that sign. In this case, it’s the 9th sign, Sagittarius. I wasn’t surprised to find that some of the personality traits are the following: idealistic, imaginative and full of aspiration.

Although Mike and Steve are dramatically different people, these traits fit both of them.

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Steve performing in Concord

Sagittarius people love to travel, and they tend to be extroverts and daring. Ditto for both brothers!

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Mike at DRIF Love and Hope Ball with Jenna

Show business is full of people born under this sign because they are so outgoing and one of their life pursuits is to “live the good life”. Steve has been a musician since he could walk. Mike has dabbled in acting. So far, the profile fits.

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Mike with older brother Travis at Love and Hope Ball

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Steve at rehearsal in Hollywood Bowl

On the flip side, this sign tends to be a bit dangerous at times, since frequent burnouts are possible. The element is FIRE. Yes, I think Steve and Mike have traveled this road as well. However, because Sagittarius men are optimists, they can survive the difficult challenges and recover from the “scrapes and bruises of life”.

In the past five years, I have been able to observe them and sometimes chat with them, and they are friendly and patient and attentive. I think they both have strong egos, but it doesn’t get in the way of their interactions with fans and their “fun side”. I think a sense of humor makes them special, and I know that laughing at life and enjoying the little moments is something Barry and Linda have emphasized in recent years.

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Mike and Steve with their brother Ashley at Haute Tea to benefit Diabetes Research Institute Foundation.

Sagittarius men “learn in an out-of-the-box kind of way”, according to experts who have written books about this sort of thing. I’m not sure how to interpret this statement, except to say that I think both of these Gibb men are definitely “out-of-the-box” when it comes to their outlooks and experiences in life. They didn’t grow up like most kids, unless jumping on a trampoline with Michael Jackson is normal. They were exposed to events and circumstances and adventures that most of us only dream about. What comes with that, though, is often being scrutinized and in the public eye, whether that attention is warranted or not. It’s not always easy, but Mike and Steve are about as normal as two men can be who grew up in the shadow of The Bee Gees.

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Steve in Chicago–Mythology Tour

No matter what the future holds for  either of these men, the fact remains that they are Gibbs, and those amazingly appealing genes don’t lie. They have lived dynamic lives so far, and I hope they have many more decades of success and love to come. Many blessings, Mike and Steve. I wish both of you a happy, peaceful, rewarding birthday.

 

 

 

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Thankful…..

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 it to me at morobinbarrystories@gmail.com. Stories will be posted often and some will appear in my book, My Life With The Boys, which is in final stages of editing now. At times, I will write about Gibb events, which I hope the fans will enjoy.

November 21, 2018

It is Thanksgiving week here in the U.S. and it’s my favorite holiday. I thought I might post some photos  from the past few years in remembrance of what has occurred. We are all thankful for Bee Gee music, and we are lucky to have Barry still with us. I hope everyone has a great holiday and is blessed with family and friends to love.

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One of my favorites from Boston concert, Mythology Tour

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Boston encore……he was so great that night!

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The magic fingers……a shot from Philly concert, Mythology Tour

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Waving to the crowd in Philly…

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Appreciating the crowd in New York

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Enjoying himself in the Hollywood Bowl

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Posing with Dr. Ricordi at Diabetes Research Institute Foundation event

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With Samantha ….it’s all about family

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At DRI Love and Hope Ball…they looked fabulous!

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With Ashley, Steve and Mike at DRIF Haute Tea…they came to surprise Linda when

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Getting emotional talking about his brothers….Mythology Tour, Chicago

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Mike and Travis with their wives at Love and Hope Ball

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Honoring Robin during Mythology Tour..Concord..

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Can’t help but love him……here in Chicago listening to cheering fans

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This goes way back to 2013 at MTSU…..he played for the crowd…..and they were thrilled….

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Laughing about Maurice and his jokes….Mythology Tour, Chicago

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Waving to the crowd …….how we love him…..

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

 

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Tidbits About the Gibb Girls

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Stacy Gibb posing with friends at the Haute Tea

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). 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, My Life With the Boys. At times, I will write about Gibb events, which I hope the fans will enjoy.

October 21, 2018

So, in addition to hanging out with the Gibb ladies and hundreds of fashionable women who came to support the Diabetes Research Institute, I managed to chat with some of the girls and find out what they are up to these days. Of course, they have all been supporting the DRIF for years while raising their children, but they have other interests as well.

Stacy, pictured above, is all about supporting her children, Layla and Liam, and their endeavors. She is especially passionate about the arts; in fact, Layla is involved with dancing, and Stacy is 100% supportive of all things dance.  I asked her if she was a dancer herself, and she told me she wasn’t, but I think she’d be great in a jazz or tap class.. I’m hoping maybe she will think about taking an adult class and enjoy the rewards it brings.

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Therese Gibb at the Haute Tea, October 19

Therese Gibb, in addition to being mother of Lucas and wife to Ashley, is also passionate about her work with the Miami Beach Community Health Center. She is Vice-President of the Board of Directors, which tells me that she is serious and committed to this organization. The Center strives to help those in need and believes that every Miami Dade County resident is entitled to affordable health care. Her face lit up when she spoke about the Center and its work. I am always impressed with her willingness to share what’s important to her, and a place where families can go for every service from adult to pediatric to behavioral care is indeed important. Since the center uses a sliding-fee scale, according to ability to pay, it is a valuable and appreciated place for all those in need.

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Jenna Gibb with her friend from graduate school

It is challenging raising  two small children, but Jenna Gibb, mother to Taylor and Payton, is also a school psychologist. One of her passions is helping children; and from her dedication to studying and completing an advanced degree, it is apparent that she has reached a milestone in her career already.  Since school psychologists apply expertise in mental health, learning and behavior, their goal is to help children succeed academically, behaviorally, emotionally and socially. I don’t have to tell anyone that doing this type of work requires a very uniquely compassionate and dedicated personality, and Jenna Gibb is one of those caring individuals.

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Ali Gibb looking fabulous at the Haute Tea

When I talk with Ali Gibb, I’m always smiling. Maybe it’s because she brings out the best in people simply by being Ali. I asked her about what she’s interested in doing these days and she didn’t miss a beat when she said, “Cooking”. I was surprised as she told me about doing more cooking and getting into the challenges of being good at this skill. She told me a story about making her dad, Barry, a custard tart for his birthday. He loves them, and so she gave it a go and tried to bake what he wanted. The kitchen was a mess in the end, but she made the custard. She told me that she has been thinking of culinary school, although she says she gets “stressed out” when she’s making different recipes and worries about how they are going to turn out. Ali, I think it would be great to see you take some cooking classes and have fun with them. I told Ali my passion was baking and how good I felt when the house smelled luscious while the pie or cake was baking. Go for it, Ali. Who knows? You might become a top chef one day.

So, now we know a bit more about some of the famous Gibb girls. They are much more than pretty faces, and their energy, generosity and kind spirits are much needed in today’s world. Thanks a bunch, ladies, and I’ll catch you at the next big event!

 

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