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E_hemingway
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Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - 4:50 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Friends recall larger-than-life persona of Shakey Jake

http://blog.mlive.com/annarbor news/2007/09/shaky_jake.html
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Detroitnerd
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Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - 4:57 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I recall his smaller-than-life musical skills.
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Treelock
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Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - 5:40 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Rest in peace, Jake.

Ann Arbor got even less funky just now.
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Douglasm
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Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - 5:43 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Got that right, Treelock. RIP, Jake.....
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Dougw
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Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - 5:47 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

He was a legend. RIP.
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Rrl
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Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - 5:50 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

RIP Shakey....

shakey jake
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56packman
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Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - 10:21 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

He was a shining example for Detroit's panhandlers to follow. At least he was mildly entertaining.
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Smogboy
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Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - 11:52 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Iconic sort of guy who never harmed anyone. 'Tis sad.
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Dialh4hipster
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Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 1:13 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hey, he was 82, it isn't like he didn't live a full life or anything!

It is a sad loss for A2, though. It's true, it did just get a little less funky.

This makes me miss Ann Arbor. I love it there.

(Message edited by dialh4hipster on September 19, 2007)
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Texorama
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Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 8:57 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Most evocative article done on him in recent years was by the Michigan Daily.

http://www.pub.umich.edu/daily /1998/apr/04-09-98/arts/arts5. html
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Johnlodge
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Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 9:02 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

They did a great story on NPR last night. Follow the link and scroll down the page for audio, including some interviews with Mr. Shakey.

http://weekendamerica.publicra dio.org/programs/index_2006041 5.html
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Quozl
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Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 9:11 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Didn't Shakey have a slew of pizza joints that were named after him?
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Zephyrprocess
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Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 11:27 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

quote:

Didn't Shakey have a slew of pizza joints that were named after him?


Yes, that would have been either "Pizza Bob's" or "Cottage Inn"--I don't really recall which.
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Pam
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Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 11:43 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

quote:

Didn't Shakey have a slew of pizza joints that were named after him?



Sure, I remember Shakey's pizza when I lived in Georgia.
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Quozl
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Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 11:54 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That is what I was thinking Pam, they had one in Tallahassee that I frequented on occasion...
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Soomka1
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Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 12:02 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

He was a good guy. We used to run into him while visiting campus back in the early 80's. We would buy him a couple of tacos at Taco Bell and he would tell the greatest stories. He had a lot of miles on him even back then. I am surprised that he lived this long. He was perfect for Ann Arbor.
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Quozl
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Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 12:05 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hey Soomka1, where on Terry did you live? Did you attend Cooley?
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Citylover
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Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 12:56 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

This is all a bit ridiculous. If he had lived in Detroit or Flint or Pontiac it would have been just another old guy dieing.White guilt can certainly be milked for a lot of mileage.
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Johnlodge
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Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 1:02 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

^ Translation: Allow me to interject race into this fun and innocent rememberance for no reason whatsoever.
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Zulu_warrior
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Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 1:07 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

(Clearing throat...)

Woza meli wami
Woza baba
Woza meli wami
Woza

Uya sinda umthwalo wam
Hi tshe
Hi tshe baba
Hi tshe umthwalo wam
Uyasinda umthwalo wam

(Bowing head low)

BABA WETU osezulwini, Malahlukaniswe iGama lako. Mauze umbuso wako. Mayenziwe intando yako emhlabeni njengasezulwini. Sipe namuhla ukudhla kwetu kwanamuhla. Sitetelele izono zetu, Njengokuba nati sibatetelela abasonayo. Ungasiyisi ekulingweni ; Kodwa usikulule kwokubi. Amen
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Goose
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Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 2:02 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

i remember while going to school there from 86-90 that a rumor was that he was a rich bastard that lived in a really nice house but had these "eccentricities", i guess that rumor was wrong.....
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Flyingj
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Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 3:06 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Citylover, I'm surprised nobody's mentioned Shakey Jake inspired U of M alumni David Alan Grier's "In Living Color" character "Calhoun Tubbs"-DAG gave a funny interview back-in-the-day stating only the White Wolverines reverently believed Shaky's stories of traveling with the historic & elite of the R,B&J worlds-all the black students knew he was "bullshit"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =QfzDUpB88x4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =7rBGTvcyZLY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =k4JXPoivmiA

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