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Posted by Rob Sherwood   •   Wednesday, 2010-April-21 • 21:41
Riding down Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis, I tried to grasp both the changes and the similarities to the downtown I remember from the 70's. A couple of 24 hour main-stays were gone. Shinder's at the corner of 6th and Hennepin. I know it moved to 7th & Hennepin when I needed something to read at midnight, the old one was my destination. Plantation Pancakes. Gone. I didn't eat there often...maybe a dozen times over 20 years and I never had their pancakes. I did know someone who was a waitress for a bit...Paula Fagerwold...what a wonderful, gentle, soul. I even forgive her for writing my name and phone-number on the uni-sex bathroom wall. "Likes them long." I think I saw Augies and the Gay 90's. Maybe not. I know there was a gay bar on 5th. The first time I'd ever been in a gay bar was that one with Don Bleu, his wife, Ron Geslin (record promoter) and his wife. (You know don't you that straight people always say they go to gay-bars because the music is better....hmmmm) Don tried to get us in without a cover-charge but the only name on the list was Rob Sherwood. At least we all got in for free....and I lost my gay-bar virginity. Years later, in Modesto, a friend tricked me into my second gay-bar venture. Rather than wait for him in the parking lot (while he ran an errand in the BRAVE BULL) I agreed to go in with him. He assured me no one would even notice me. Less than 30 seconds after walking through the back door, at least three people had said, "Hi Rob", "Hey...Rob Sherwood..wow!"....or "Didn't I see you at a bar in Minneapolis with Don & Ron?" On another visit to the BB...(they had the best!!! dance mix...) we snuck Moon into the place. Moon was part of my Modesto FM104 Morning Crew and the morning show producer. He was also a gentle soul and was so out of place and uncomfortable in that dive. That was then.

I didn't start tonight with a plan to write about gay bars but there you have it. Must be because I watched GLEE earlier on DVR and as everyone knows....watching THAT television show will make you gay.
  1. Johnny Milford wrote on 2010-April-22 08:07:46:
  2. TAFFY333 wrote on 2010-April-22 10:23:25:
    I've given up on ever hearing from you again, but I thought I'd swing by and wish you happy birthday anyway. Let's see.....you must be younger than me by now. :)
  3. cindic wrote on 2010-April-22 12:37:32:
    Happy birthday from the Whoopie Woman. Cindi
  4. MBiolo wrote on 2010-April-28 19:18:49:
    Well, it must have been your birthday or something. So a very happy, though belated, birthday!!! Many more!

    Just back from spending some time on the left coast, including a few days in Ess Eff. I still love The City but this time I found it less enchanting than I have in the past. Lived there almost 8 years and get there often so maybe the uniqueness is wearing off. Or maybe I'm getting old. Anyway, I had some seafood in your honor. (Somebody's gotta eat it.) Also became a Foghead again for a bit. The KFOG morning show is not the same without Dave Maury (sp?).
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