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Topic: Yes there really is a Kalamazoo
Message: Posted by: Jaxon (Oct 21, 2006 05:49PM)
The title of this post is also seen on a popular T-shirt here in Kalamazoo Michigan.

Ever since I started another discussion on the Café about the "Magic Night" comedy club I'm producing. I've been getting Emails asking if Kalamazoo is a real place. I knew it's part of some legends like Timbuctoo (Which is also a real place). When ever I go somewhere else in the Country and someone asks where I'm from and I tell them "Kalamazoo" they usually laugh.

But now I realize just how many people do think it's some make believe place. Even those who know of it usually think it's some tiny town. While it's not a huge town like Detroit or New York. We're far from being a tiny village.

So I thought I'd share some facts about it. People who Email me about it seem to be interested.

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As of the census² of 2000, there were 77,145 people, 29,413 households, and 14,353 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,206.9/km² (3,125.4/mi²). There were 31,798 housing units at an average density of 497.5/km² (1,288.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 70.77% White, 20.64% Black or African American, 0.58% Native American, 2.39% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 2.38% from other races, and 3.18% from two or more races. 4.28% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
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There's a lot of controversy about where the name "Kalamazoo" came from. But you can [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalamazoo#Name_origin]Click here to read more about that[/url].

Just thought I'd share that since there seems to be some people who wonder about it.

I'm going to go have lunch with Elvis now (One of the first "Elvis" sightings in the news was here..:) ).

Ron Jaxon
Message: Posted by: Marvello (Oct 21, 2006 06:43PM)
I have been to Kalamazoo(or as it is referred to by folks round here: k-zoo, or kazoo) many times, so I can attest to the fact that what Ron is saying is true, and it does in fact exist. I have nothing to laugh about since I live near Ypsilanti ;)
Message: Posted by: Steve V (Oct 21, 2006 07:53PM)
Remember when Mad Magazine use to goof on Ypsilanti? I worked with a gal at the time whos last name was Ypsilanti and she took all the jokes very badly.
Steve V
Message: Posted by: Marvello (Oct 21, 2006 08:24PM)
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On 2006-10-21 20:53, Steve V wrote:
Remember when Mad Magazine use to goof on Ypsilanti? I worked with a gal at the time whos last name was Ypsilanti and she took all the jokes very badly.
Steve V
[/quote]You actually met someone named Ypsilanti? amazing :)
Message: Posted by: Steve V (Oct 21, 2006 08:54PM)
Yup, she's married now so her name is different but her name was Cathy Ypsilanti and she was a large nosed yet very attractive gal, greek I think. She wasn't a nice person so I made sure all the Ypsilanti jokes made it to her desk, thanks Mad Magazine!
Steve V
Message: Posted by: daffydoug (Oct 22, 2006 09:03AM)
Ron, do you vists Tony's Timid Rabbit magic shop often? In talking to him on the phone, I understand Haloween season is his absolute BUSIEST season of the year.
Message: Posted by: kregg (Oct 22, 2006 09:11AM)
I had a gal in Kalamazoo.
Message: Posted by: Jaxon (Oct 22, 2006 01:36PM)
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On 2006-10-22 10:03, daffydoug wrote:
Ron, do you visits Tony's Timid Rabbit magic shop often? In talking to him on the phone, I understand Halloween season is his absolute BUSIEST season of the year.
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If it wasn't for Tony I wouldn't be into magic now. When I was a young teenager his shop was just about a mile from my house. I use to spend all my free time (And every dollar I had) in his shop. It was like a second home to me.

I don't go into Tony's shop as often as I use to but yea I still go in there. You're right though. This isn't the time of year to go there to talk or look for magic. Tony is always busy this time of the year with the Phobia House and all the costume sales and rental. Magic is the last thing on his mind right now. :)

Ron Jaxon
Message: Posted by: MAKMagic (Oct 22, 2006 08:26PM)
Hah I work at Big Pharma (Pf***r). We shut down the Kalamazoo site when we aquasitioned another company. I had never heard of it until then, and ever since I hear it popping up everywhere!

There we some special shirts going around about my company during that trying time let me tell you.
Message: Posted by: Antony Gerard (Nov 10, 2006 05:46PM)
Believe it or not, there are actually two cities named Kalamazoo in the U.S.A.

The first is Kalamazoo, Michigan and the second is Kalamazoo, Florida, a small town in Southern Florida which I believe was named after Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Take care and take cards
Antony Gerard
PS: Now that Halloween is over I am busy finishing my DVD. It will include twelve items from my 1976 lecture "Magic Behind Bars" and yes it will also include all of the work on "The Idiosyncratic Classic". I will be advertising the release right here on the Café.
Message: Posted by: AntonDreaming (Nov 12, 2006 12:38PM)
My tattooist lives in Kalamazoo...says hes seen you perform Ron. Liked it a lot!

Anton
Message: Posted by: Chrystal (Nov 12, 2006 12:45PM)
I hope to make it down there some time Ron, especially all that you've written about the yearly convention held in Kalamazoo. Besides, I want to purchase one of those t-shirts you've talked about. Hey!! You're a goodwill Ambassador for Kalamazoo!!

Come on Ron..tell the members more about the convention!!

Chrystal
Message: Posted by: The Magic Ref (Nov 13, 2006 08:36PM)
I've heard of this place :)
Message: Posted by: accolombel (Nov 13, 2006 08:54PM)
Hi Ron, I am from Covert, Mi. About 40 miles west of Kalamazoo. My Mother went to college there,(when Western Michigan University was Western Michigan College). When she was visiting relatives in other parts of the country, she would meet people who did not belive that there was a Kalamazoo, Mi. At that time the song "I got a Gal in Kalamazoo" was popular and no one thought the city was a real one. Next time I am visiting my parents I will go over to Kalamazoo and maybe meet you. (I now live in Seattle). I am thinking about visiting my family next summer.

Craig
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Nov 13, 2006 10:41PM)
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On 2006-10-22 10:11, kregg wrote:
I had a gal in Kalamazoo.

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Congratulations. That may put you up on most of the guys on this board! :lol:
Message: Posted by: Skip Way (Nov 14, 2006 07:54AM)
I worked a case with a member of the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Dive Team years back. He was part of our body recovery team from a 1974 TWA airliner explosion. Our combined gallows humor and his Kalamazoo stories pulled our entire team through the first of many traumatic weeks of our careers. I don't remember his name but I remember the countless Mayberry-type stories that made Kalamazoo sound like a great place to live. I plan to visit there one of these days and try to look him up.

Skip
Message: Posted by: Lambertmoon (Nov 14, 2006 02:00PM)
Future Hall-Of-Famer Derek Jeter is from Kalamazoo.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Nov 17, 2006 10:31PM)
[quote]
On 2006-10-22 21:26, MAKMagic wrote:
Hah I work at Big Pharma (Pf***r). We shut down the Kalamazoo site when we aquasitioned another company. I had never heard of it until then, and ever since I hear it popping up everywhere!

There we some special shirts going around about my company during that trying time let me tell you.
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aquasitioned? Interesting word. Is that anything like acquired?

BTW, the Gibson guitar company was located in K-zoo for many years.
Message: Posted by: Ragman (Dec 7, 2006 12:22PM)
The heritage guitar company was here too! Closed just after Gibson.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Dec 8, 2006 02:27AM)
The Heritage Guitar Co. was an offshoot of Gibson. It is still in operation at 225 Parsons St. in Kalamazoo. They were founded in 1985, when Gibson moved its operations to Nashville. Some of the workers didn't particularly want to go. So three of them formed Heritage Guitar, Inc.

Google the name and you will find the web site.
Message: Posted by: Ragman (Dec 8, 2006 11:21PM)
I had no idea that they just moved to that building the original was turned into apartments. The back of the building still says Heritage on the back I do believe but they are not there anymore. I think one off the guys that was with that was named "marino" (that may be spelled wrong) he has/had a shop here as well and does some great work. I have not been out there in a long time so he may be closed now for all I know.
We also have a company called ProCo which is well known for sound system cables and some guitar effects, the rat, Turbo rat, etc.
Message: Posted by: Dave Scribner (Dec 13, 2006 05:48AM)
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On 2006-11-13 23:41, mandrake01 wrote:
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On 2006-10-22 10:11, kregg wrote:
I had a gal in Kalamazoo.

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Congratulations. That may put you up on most of the guys on this board! :lol:
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I guess I'm one up on Kregg then because I lived in Kalamazoo for 4 years and married a girl from there.