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Re: “Bull Fighting

Bull..I am part of this family. However, his side of the family has a long history of being thieves. I wish Interpol would take an interest.

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Posted by Harry on 10/08/2017 at 10:32 PM

Re: “Achy Breaky DJ Story

I knew Danny back in the mid 70's at KCBQ in San Diego. Great Guy. A lot of fun. Always wondered what he did after he moved on. Radio is a hard profession to do. Danny if you read this, Hello from Mitch & Sharon (Blue Meannie Records, El Cajon).

Posted by Mitch Holdinghausen on 09/29/2017 at 10:18 PM

Re: “Bull Fighting

His ex wife says she inherited millions when he died from his parents. Exact amount said was 3 million

Posted by George on 09/23/2017 at 8:49 PM

Re: “Bull Fighting

Who was her love interest

Posted by George on 09/23/2017 at 8:48 PM

Re: “Legendary Concert Promoter Mike Belkin on His Life Around Music’s Biggest Names and Making Cleveland Rock

I was a teenager in the glory years of the 70's and saw EVERYONE that MMS and the Belkins brought in at The Allen Theatre and Music Hall. They called it "The Small Hall Concert Series." If I didn't know the bands I would go anyway because they brought in the best acts and all the bands had to play Cleveland. They were all trying to make it and Cleveland was a launching pad for so much talent at that time.

Tickets were $5.00 in advance and $5.50 day of the show. Can you imagine that! Springsteen opened for Wishbone Ash in 1974 at The Allen. I was in the 7th. row. That was the first time he came here, not at The Agora like was stated in the article.. I saw Aerosmith open for Blue Oyster Cult. I was just a kid and saw all these great acts that broke here or made it big from the exposure here.

Now all these idiots pay these exorbanent prices to see mediocre shows. I know that Cleveland was just as big as any city when it came to rock. And we were seeing these great acts in small halls. There would be two or three concerts every week. It was crazy.

Nothing will EVER touch that again when it comes to concerts. I would like to commend Michael Belkin and say THANK YOU!!!

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Posted by BigJim2489 on 09/23/2017 at 5:15 PM

Re: “Legendary Concert Promoter Mike Belkin on His Life Around Music’s Biggest Names and Making Cleveland Rock

A documentary based on the book - and other material - would be outstanding.

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Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 09/20/2017 at 9:59 AM

Re: “At the All-Star break, a Conversation With Jason Kipnis on the Team's Struggles, His Struggles, and How They Can Get Back to the World Series

I have never been to an MLB ballpark where you could not bring in food. I can't say with certainty that none of them do though. I can recently remember doing it at Wrigley Field, Guaranteed Rate Field, Target Field, Rogers Centre and Camden Yards. I walked into Guaranteed Rate Field holding a Chicago pie. I once literally brought in five 24" pizzas to an Indians game over 5 years ago because I took a group of 25 people to the game. They check to make sure it's just food, but it's definitely allowed in. I brought in some food last night. The one bottle of water per person was added in the past couple of years. It has to be sealed and 20oz or less. Juice boxes have also been allowed for as long as I can remember.

This is directly from the Indians website:

"Fans may bring food into the gates in soft-sided coolers or bags that fit within the regulated 16"x16"x8" size restrictions. In addition, single serving juice boxes and 20 oz factory sealed bottles of water are permitted. Food and food containers are subject to inspection."

Canal Park does not allow outside food though.

I agree It is disappointing that there are so few non-Hispanic black players. Greg Allen seems like a cool guy, so hopefully he will have success. Basketball requires the least amount of equipment and space of most sports. I think that is one of the reasons it is popular with blacks. Not many have baseball players they can play at safely, let alone get a good amount of people for it. They also need gloves.

We had 18,000ish for consecutive win 19! Will 20,000 show up on Thursday to witness the record breaker if it happens?

Posted by BrianWilson on 09/12/2017 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Mastermind or Moron?

Thanks everyone for the positive feedback it for sure has changed my life

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Posted by Melisa Latham on 09/06/2017 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Northeast Ohio's Growing Opiate Addiction Crisis is Bittersweet for Those Needing Organ Transplants

The September 2017 National Geographic tackles a number of issues surrounding the opiate addiction crisis through its lengthy cover story -- "The Science of Addiction: How new discoveries about the brain can help us kick the habit".

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Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 08/28/2017 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Northeast Ohio's Growing Opiate Addiction Crisis is Bittersweet for Those Needing Organ Transplants

I offer what knowledge and experience I have come to understand about
addiction. Although I was never exposed to illegal narcotics I too know of
family and friends who were and/or still are today. Back in 1990 {when I
first moved away from home to pursue a Master's in Public Administration at
the University of Akron} I had the occasion to observe a lecture that
completely changed my life. It was a broadcast on WVIZ of John Bradshaw and
his series "On the Family." In essence his message is that children are
shame-based from a early age and retain this internal belief about
themselves throughout their lives. They inherit this from the family
systems that begat their parent, grandparents etcetera in what amounts to
{metaphorically} as the "sins of the fathers passed to the third and fourth
generation." Not only did I watch the entire series but all the rest as
well. The books brought even more clarity.

The theory helps one trace back the sources of their internal shame and
forces them to ask the question: is there really something wrong with me or
did someone just tell me I was {over and over again}. Bradshaw's concept is
not about blame but rather assigning responsibility because your parents and
their parents all fell victim to this self perpetuating system that
accentuates a belief that I am a mistake {shame} instead of I made a mistake
{guilt}. I believe this is one of the root causes for addiction not just to
heroin but as Bradshaw relates "any mood altering experience with life
damaging consequences." Think of the plethora of those that exist today.
In other words heroin is not the only addiction plaguing our society but
rather is a symptom of the sine qua non common denominator to all
addictions; a shame-based belief that there is something fundamentally
flawed about me to the point where I don't like being me so I addict myself
to something so I don't have to be the real me. Ultimately it is through
embracing the pain of being deceived that you will finally set yourself
free. This is difficult but can be done although it is a life-time
commitment. After one finally comes to terms with their own demons can they
truly say "Get behind me, Satan!"

John Bradshaw: Healing the Shame that Binds You


PS: In the final analysis it all comes down to a person not liking who they
are so they seek an escape {albeit a temporary one} in order to avoid being
who they are. The question before the entire world is this: how do we as a
human race change this self perception in those who seek out
any mood altering experience with life damaging consequences?"

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Posted by Joe Bialek 1 on 08/25/2017 at 4:42 PM

Re: “Un-Easy Riders

HaHa that's alright them damn O'mens!

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Posted by Shotcalla Ruff Ryderz MC on 08/15/2017 at 4:01 AM

Re: “Al Fatz Done Came Down

-- And now you know the rest of the story. --

Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 07/26/2017 at 4:05 PM

Re: “Al Fatz Done Came Down

It's a lot of facts left out of this as usual smh but it is what it is.

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Posted by Dj Candy Mack on 07/26/2017 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Al Fatz Done Came Down

Al, Royalty, and Chip really started the whole wave of underground artists popping out of Cleveland. Showed us all that you can really do it.

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Posted by Quinton Qxthird Timmons on 07/26/2017 at 12:39 PM

Re: “What We Can Learn About Saving the Planet from Watching the Birds

Sorry...you lost me as soon as I saw the words "birders" and "birding".
If I wanted to hear that elitist stuff, I would have called my yupster sister.
The birds are over here. You are over there, watching them.
Hence..."bird-watching"...yawn....zzzzzzzzzzzzz...

Chuckles the Clown

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Posted by Chuckles the Clown on 07/22/2017 at 1:33 AM

Re: “At the All-Star break, a Conversation With Jason Kipnis on the Team's Struggles, His Struggles, and How They Can Get Back to the World Series

As someone else once said, "It's the economy, stupid..." Outside Yupsterville enclaves, folks are hurting. If you don't have a job, or have a shitty one that pays bupkis, the Indians become low-priority in your life.

It's a different world now. The days of being on unemployment and still having enough money to go to 53 games in a single season are gone. Long gone. No more four-dollar bleacher tickets and three-dollar beers and one-dollar Smokie Links. That was Wrigley in the lightless days of the early Eighties...the Reagan Era. Ancient history.Thank you, MisterDead President..

The Tribe tore out thousands of seats to create a foodie paradise, and a bar-like atmosphere for Millennials who would rather stand and schmooze and text and tweet than watch the game. Baseball isn't an essential for that crowd...they grew up playing soccer and they aren't die-hards. So that marketing plan failed. Thank you, Suits.

And the Boomer die-hard geezers are retired and are actually beginning to die off, so they are going less and less. Can't go if you are sick...or dead.

Kids and young adults just aren't into the sport the way they were even twenty years ago, let alone forty or fifty years ago. So MLB has problems attracting new blood to many struggling franchises. This will spell trouble down the road. They will try to speed up the game and add bells and whistles to make it "cool". Good luck with that noise. They will destroy baseball in order to save it.

If you can bring in food and water, then why do they do the TSA number at every game I go to? Most ballparks do not allow outside stuff, and enforce the ban strictly. it's in their "fan guides"...I have been to 19 or 20 parks myself, though many of them are now history and nearly all of them are (and were) in the Midwest...including all three in Chicago and all three in Minnesota. Things are not as loose as they used to be. Thank you, Mister Terrorist Shooter.

I don't worry about parking. I let RTA transport me there on the train. We are now one of the few cities where you have that option. Living in Chicago for almost two-thirds of my life, I got spoiled. early. I had to drive to games when I first moved here in the early Nineties, as the Rapid service stopped after 9 PM until The Jake opened. I am so glad I don't need to drive to games anymore. Thank you, RTA.

Nobody has money for games because there is still a lot of suffering here., despite all the "comeback" hype and gentrification. That's why there are so many fans disguised as empty seats, all season long. Unemployment is higher than in most other MLB cities. That's why you see fewer and fewer black faces. Also...because there are so few black players left.

The playoffs are irrelevant...it's the wealthy and the affluent suburbanites and the corporate greedheads whose asses are in the seats in October. Whole different ballgame in the post-season.

It's an embarrassment that a franchise which almost made history (after 68 years of futility) is at the bottom of the attendance stats. Maybe I'm totally "off base"...but I worked for the organization in the last days of the Stadium and the first days of the Jake...and those days...and especially the days of six straight years of sellouts...seem like a distant dream. Did we really do that? How? The economy was not so great here in those days, too. It's a puzzlement, all right.

Chuckles the Clown

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Posted by Chuckles the Clown on 07/19/2017 at 9:30 PM

Re: “At the All-Star break, a Conversation With Jason Kipnis on the Team's Struggles, His Struggles, and How They Can Get Back to the World Series

I agree about St. Louis being a hot baseball town. It was just one example. We're still 26th. though. I agree that Cleveland is a bandwagon town. This is an exciting team that made it to the World Series and is in 1st place. I would love to see higher attendance. I agree that people can watch on television, but they can do that in any city. I don't think the St. Louis economy is bustling all that hard. In St. Louis, people also have living expenses. But again, we're 26th. Our ranking has barely increased after making the World Series. Indians games are some cheap ass entertainment. I guess not compared to sitting at home, but as far as going out and paying for something, it's pretty cheap.

District tickets are always $13 and upper deck tickets are often $13 or sometimes less. District tickets come with $4 loaded value. Tickets can be found online even cheaper for the less desired games like on weeknights.

I don't see why you need to buy merchandise to go to an Indians game. I would guess the majority of the people that attend games do not buy merchandise every game.

One can bring any food they want into a game and even a bottle of water. You don't really have to drink beer, but if you really need to get your alcohol on to enjoy yourself, there are ways to get it in if you use your head a little bit.

Parking is among the cheapest I have seen. I have been to 20+ ballparks. There are shuttles from places like Great Lakes Brewery and $5 parking is easy to score, and even cheaper parking than that can be found.

In my opinion, like you said, Clevelanders are bandwagoners, and that is the issue. I don't buy the excuses. The Indians bend over backwards to try to accommodate all of the ridiculous excuses. Currently, the not spending money and bad team excuses don't work. It's not expensive to go to an Indians game. No one has money for games, but the more expensive playoff games always sell out. Hmm...

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Posted by BrianWilson on 07/18/2017 at 5:48 PM

Re: “Back Stabbers

So sad to hear all of this...I hope y'all can work it out for the sake of his memory...I loved his music...Thank you William Powell...May you R.I.P..

Posted by Glenda Powell Smallwood on 07/18/2017 at 3:08 AM

Re: “At the All-Star break, a Conversation With Jason Kipnis on the Team's Struggles, His Struggles, and How They Can Get Back to the World Series

It may be a smaller market, but it's been the hottest baseball town in the country for a long, long time...and consistently outdraws much larger cities in the Midwest and on both coasts.

Cleveland's problems are many...it's a bandwagon town...people don't jump on board unless the Tribe is a consistent winner. Some people still haven't gotten the message that downtown is no longer an urban jungle, and are afraid to leave their suburban couches.

And then there's the local economy...some people just can't afford to go in person anymore,because they need to do other things...like pay for food, gas, utilities, medicine, and rent. Others are just priced out...tickets and parking and food and beer and merch really add up fast...and watching on cable is cheaper and more comfortable.

Cleveland and St. Louis are like apples and oranges...they are both fruit and both round...but then the comparison stops.

Chuckles the Clown

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Posted by Chuckles the Clown on 07/18/2017 at 12:52 AM

Re: “At the All-Star break, a Conversation With Jason Kipnis on the Team's Struggles, His Struggles, and How They Can Get Back to the World Series

"Cleveland fans have held up their end of the bargain"

If this year's attendance is holding up the bargain, we're in trouble. Attendance is only good on a few select Friday and Saturday night games in mid-summer with fireworks and giveaways.

The Indians are 26/30 in MLB in attendance. That's pathetic for a team that was in the World Series last year. St. Louis, a smaller market, is averaging 7,000 more than the current capacity of Progressive Field.

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Posted by BrianWilson on 07/16/2017 at 1:21 PM

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