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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Another Reason to Smile

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Welcome to morobinbarrystories.com! Please join me on twitter @morobinbarry. This site is for those 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 be used in my book, which is in the final editing stages now! At times, I will post articles I have written about Gibb events that I hope the fans will enjoy.

October 19, 2018

After five years, it gets difficult to put a new spin on a fundraiser. Simply put, people attend all kinds of charity events to support their causes, and the goal is to raise as much money as possible. Not all events are fun; in fact, I’ve attended many that are down right boring. We’ve all been there, and we all know that the cause is great, but attending can be a chore.

This is not the case for the annual Haute Tea event sponsored by the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation. By now, fans know this is a priority for the Gibb family, and their appearance alone generates funds. However, the Gibb ladies are not just pretty faces that show up. They are members of the Haute Tea Committee, and they believe in their cause. They work and they work and they spread awareness. For those who are unaware or need a refresher, the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami Miller Medical School of Medicine, leads the the world in comprehensive research dedicated to curing diabetes. The goal is to restore natural insulin production and normalizing blood sugar levels without imposing other risks.

This year I had the joy of meeting Wendy Peacock, who is the first DRI Bio Hub transplant recipient. (check out her video on Facebook on my page or check outDiabetesResearch.org). She and her sister Kimberly came from San Antonio for this event and were excited to be involved. I could write a novel about how wonderful it is that Wendy is a walking testament to the DRIF scientists and their ongoing research, but I encourage you all to take some time and get to know her and her story.

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Wendy on the right, smiling with sister Kimberly.

 

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Wendy and the good doctor Ricordi

We chatted about her experience and her health. She is a walking miracle, thanks to the DRI. She told me, “I couldn’t say more about the incredible team I have here. They are amazing.”

When I asked her how she was feeling, she said, “I’m doing really well, and I’m so grateful to everyone here.”

I was humbled to meet Wendy, and she gives great hope to all Type 1 diabetics; it was emotional to simply talk with her, shake her hand, and laugh with her about the ongoing circus of fun surrounding her in the ballroom at the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort.

Each year there are honorees, and this year they were Linda Finkelstein and her daughters, Barbara, Pam and Robin. Of course, it always boggles my mind when I read in the program and discover the attributes of the current honorees. I am impressed and grateful to read about the 40 years of work Linda and her family have done on behalf of the DRIF.

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Then we have the man who has headed up the team of scientists at the DRIF since 1996, Dr. Camillo Ricordi. He brought Wendy and her sister to the event, and was a strong presence in the room all afternoon, as attendees wanted photos and a minute of his time.  I jokingly said to him, “It’s just you and room full of hundreds of beautiful women.” He responded, “Just for me!” He is a brilliant scientist and continues to repeat the DRIF goal-to cure diabetes.

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Dr. Camillo Ricordi arriving with Wendy Peacock

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Dr. Ricordi and the honorees Linda Finkelstein and her daughters, Barbara, Pam and Robin.

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It’s great to be with Laurie, Jill, Lauren and all the girls at this hectic, crazy, fast-paced event. They work long and hard to prepare for it, and then they buzz around the ballroom all day making sure there are no glitches or snags to hinder the many steps to success.

The Gibb ladies are just like everyone else when it comes to checking out the auction items and the ballroom and listening to the stories of Type I diabetes patients, eating the scrumptious lunch and catching up with other supporters. They, too, stare wide-eyed at the really awesome hats and heels in attendance.

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Linda and Therese looking over auction items

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Fun and glamorous

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Roses……

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Cherries, anyone?

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The longest table of elegance I’ve ever seen during set up early in the morning

So, the bottom line is that I had a ball while my adrenalin skyrocketed as the day went on. The live auction raised THOUSANDS of dollars, as did the silent auction and the raffle. The food was fabulous, the smile were broad, the chatter nonstop and the event a huge success. Congratulations to the DRIF for once again spreading awareness and raising funds to continue the fight to stop diabetes.

 

COMING NEXT……PHOTOS AND FUN FACTS ABOUT THE GIBB LADIES

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Words from a Young Bee Gee fan

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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 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 on this site and may be included in my book, which is still in the editing stage. This is a slow process, but it will be worth it in the end. I keep telling myself that!

September 21

Today I am excited to share a story from a young fan. This is inspiring! The music lives on through the young people who love what the brothers Gibb created.

Kyle–Texas

I was too young to have met or seen Andy Gibb or the Bee Gees when they were popular. I was born nine months to the day after Maurice Gibb’s death, and I  didn’t know who the Bee Gees were when Robin passed.

My story of how I found the Bee Gees is quite interesting. It was December, 2014. I was flipping through Fm radio stations to find one that played the Beatles. I found a station that was playing Piano Man by Billy Joel and I preset it. I listened to the station every night and used Shazam on my dad’s phone to identify the songs. At some point, one of the Bee Gee songs came on and I liked it, so began to listen to them more on Youtube.

Since seventh grade (2015) I’ve been a megafan and have been keeping up with Barry ever since. The Bee Gees and Andy Gibb’s music have helped me get through tough times. I know I wouldn’t be who I am today if it wasn’t for them and their music.

In eighth grade, I took this ridiculous AP US History course. I had to read the whole textbook. Throughout that year, I listened to songs from “Shadow Dancing” and “High Civilization” on a ten-year-old IPod and it kept me concentrated.

People in my grade (current sophomores in high school) surprisingly don’t use Facebook. I had been following the GSI website and decided I wanted to join the Facebook group. So I pretty much created a Facebook account just to join GSI! It’s interesting to think that in a group of 21,000, I could be the youngest member of GSI.

I have vivid memories of many songs. “Morning of my Life” is riding the school bus during dreary days in 2017. “Alone” is from when I was in eighth grade. There are many more stories and wonderful things that have come from my enjoyment of the Bee Gees, and I’m am so lucky to have them in my life.

All the best,

Kyle

 

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Love in the Form of Music

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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 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 appear in my book, which is being edited now, and stories will be showcased in a special section.

At times, I will post articles about Gibb events, which I hope the fans will like. The next will be about the Haute Tea in October, which is a fundraiser for the Gibb charity, the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation.

The following post comes from a fan whose sincere and compassionate words will touch the hearts of all fans.

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Thank you for sharing your love for the boys. Seriously, there is much more to the BeeGees than being a band. Their talent, their positive energy, the beauty they created, and the happiness that continues to be generated from their contributions is unlike anything I have ever experienced…it is quite simply…love in the form of music.

I too, am a teacher. At the end of the day, I connect to the light through their music, and it energizes me as I correct papers or plan lessons. Such lightness… We are so blessed to know this. I just discovered this site, and this is the first writing of yours that I have read. I will follow, and look forward to your book.

If I could do one thing, it would be to tell Barry to release the hurt caused by the American media in mocking the group. Really, the peons who cashed in on mocking the BeeGees hurt them tremendously. Such greatness to be treated that way was bullying at its worst. Barry and family need our love and gratitude. I hope future generations will be blessed to know the work of the three gifted brothers.

I find that as time passes, the positive energy I feel from the body of work of the Gibb brothers only grows stronger.  In my life, I have never actively engaged as a “fan.”  This summer, something compelled me to research, to see if others felt as I do; and a new world opened to me.  It is heartwarming to know others feel as I do.  I look forward to joining this group of likeminded souls.

 

 

 

 

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Why I Keep Thinking Back

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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 it to me at morobinbarrystories@gmail.com. Stories will be posted often and many will appear in my book, which is still in the editing process. At times, I will write and post stories about Gibb events, which I hope the fans will enjoy.

August 19, 2018

I know it’s been awhile, and I know I’ve been an absentee writer. Blame it all on the editing of my book, which I am determined to have completed and ready for submission this year. I promise! On top of this tedious, painstaking work, I actually have a job, and my fall term begins on the 27th. Yippee!  Before I get buried in more work, here’s a story of reflection and love. Have a wonderful week, everyone.

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At work I put up with people who don’t understand why I am obsessed with the Bee Gees. They say that the brothers are “history” and that I should listen to new music. Well, I do listen to new music, and I dislike most of it, but that’s not the point. The point is that great music never goes out of style, is never boring and is always fun.

I keep thinking back to Bee Gee concerts I attended and the thrill of hearing those wonderful voices. Those memories sustain me in the most challenging times and remind me of the thrill of seeing Barry, Robin and Maurice together. It would be easy to get depressed or feel disheartened because 2/3 of the magical sound is no longer around to sing to us. There’s no point in feeling sad. Michael Jackson fans still adore him. David Bowie fans still adore him. Whitney Houston fans still talk about her amazing voice.

When something as perfectly lovely as the Bee Gees’ harmony can be heard over and over again, it’s to be loved and appreciated.

Thinking back reminds me of their brilliance and their songwriting skills that have no equal. I am blessed to have seen them perform, and I treasure every second of my memories. I love looking at my photos of them. When the day gets challenging or frustrating, I smile back at the Bee Gee poster on the wall and carry on, and I thank them for sharing their talents with me and the rest of the world.

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Feels Like a Dream

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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 not forgotten and is included at times.) If you’d like to share a story, please send it to me at morobinbarrystories@gmail.com. Stories will be posted often and many will appear in my book, which is taking most of my time now (editing, adding to, inserting pieces and writing an Appendix about the songs included in the book). Whew! At times, I will write about Gibb events, which I hope the fans will enjoy.

June 30, 2018

I must apologize for being absent from this forum and different fans websites, since I’ve been overrun with teaching summer classes while working on my book. However, here I am now with plenty to say, and I hope the fans will let me know how they feel about this post. The emails usually come fast and furious, and I am grateful for that. So, here goes!

Bee Gee fans from London to Manila have been buzzing about the big news that occurred on June 26. Stalwart fans knew that Barry Gibb was going to be given a knighthood but no one knew exactly when. Millions, and I do mean MILLIONS, of fans waited with anticipation, surprise and excitement.

After the sword-on-the-shoulder ceremony at Buckingham Palace was completed, the news hit the presses, and images of Barry in a fabulous blue suit, kneeling in front of Prince Charles, were instantly posted to every corner of the globe. I don’t usually like to comment immediately, since I prefer to read what reporters, websites and especially the fans, have to say. Not surprisingly, the comments covered everything from “it’s about time” to “so well deserved”. Thrilled and grateful, fans expressed their love and also their relief, that this honor was finally bestowed on the brilliant man we all love and admire.

I held back while contemplating the enormity of this achievement. It does seem dream-like that a man whose beginnings were simple and humble could reach such status.

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After spending hours reading the articles and congratulatory comments, I was moved to tears more than once; but when I really broke down sobbing (it was an ugly cry), it wasn’t because Barry Gibb was now SIR Barry. It was because I started thinking back to his history and the struggles that brought him to the top of the mountain.

There are fans who don’t know about the accident that occurred when Barry was a toddler and are unaware that he was nearly killed by a pot of boiling water that left him with  scars and kept him in silence for years. It’s difficult enough to be a toddler, but it’s unimaginable to be in pain and shock from an accident such as this. Yet, he did recover, and he flourished.

My mind jumps to the losses that nearly broke his heart and his spirit. Andy’s death, of course, immediately stabs at me. I haven’t lost a sibling, but I remember what Barry said about this tragedy. “I lost my best friend when I lost Andy”. When I see how beloved Andy Gibb is 30 years after his death, I know that this type of heartache is always present and a permanent part of who one is.

Another loss that pulls at me is Barry’s battle with arthritis. This affliction has challenged him for thirty years. In my mind, the LOSS part comes with the loss of movement, control of the body, and lack of physical stamina, all which caused Barry to give up touring and working for long periods of time. It has plagued him, and yet he still pushes forward. Even as he had difficulty rising after the knighthood ceremony, he approached this moment with humor and soldiered on.

The world knows about losing Mo and Robin, but no one knows the depth of Barry’s loss, not really. He was one-third of the whole, and yet he is the one left to continue the journey of life without them. How does one do that sort of thing?

I think that his family helps immeasurably. I love his comment about family. “I put family first. No matter what you do, you’ve ultimately got to come home”. He goes home to Linda; and for some reason (maybe it’s because I have been playing the Children of the World album recently), I think of the line “She came in like a prayer and started loving me”. His family is his rock.

I am still a huge fan of Jim Valvano, a man whose humor, strength and insights inspire me every day. For fans who live outside of the United States, Mr. Valvano was a great college basketball coach, sports writer, commentator and humanitarian. His life was cut short by cancer; and a few weeks before his death, he gave a speech asking fans to “take time every day to do three things.”

The first was to LAUGH and enjoy the humor in everyday things.

The second was to SPEND TIME IN THOUGHT, to think about life and be inspired.

The third was TO CRY. Now, don’t be mistaken by this statement. He didn’t mean it in a negative way. He said, “Have emotions that are moved to tears. Be enthusiastic so that you keep your dreams alive.”

I truly believe that Barry Gibb has lived this mantra since he was a child. Although Maurice Gibb was known to be the “funny one”, I think Barry has a fabulous sense of humor and is sometimes silly and crazy in such a playful way that he makes life’s challenges easier to accept.

Spending time in thought daily has kept him going in the worst of times as well as the best of times.

Lastly, being moved to tears seems to be more of an every day event in the last several years. His enthusiasm for life and what comes next has been the fuel that keeps his dreams alive.

All these memories were jumbled in a heap at the pit of my stomach when I saw the first photos out of Buckingham Palace. Countless others, which I don’t have the space to mention, were in the mix as well. Some cause a twinge and others a grin, but the magnitude of what Barry has been through in his life exhausts me nonetheless.

So it would seem that once this most extraordinary achievement has been reached, it’s tough to ask “What now?” Well, we know there’s a musical in the works and hopefully new music.

Let’s think the way the great writer C.S. Lewis thought as he said, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

Congratulations, Sir Barry. May the joy of your dreams continue to inspire us all.

 

 

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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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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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