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.

Kristi

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.

Michelle-New York

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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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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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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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….

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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.

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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.

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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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