Garo Yepremian Memorial Thread (1944-2015)

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This is one of the saddest days for those who love our glory teams.

Garo was one of the most friendly and outgoing members of that team and he was a true national celebrity. I have always felt bad that he has been best remembered for his SB7 goof and not as much for winning the KC playoff. He is yet another player from our team that should have been in the HOF, the greatest kicker of the 70's in my book. He is also a Dolphin that I "almost" got to meet one time but didn't. I have talked to Warfield on the telephone, held the door open for Tim Foley at the post office, and engaged in a long conversation with Mike Kolen... but I always wished I could have met Garo Yepremian in 1978 when it was rumored that he was visiting a nearby hospital.

It's sort of like when one of the men who walked on the moon passes. Soon there will be no more left.
 

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Hey dude thanks for that post. I'm big into music and BB always fascinated me. He fascinated me in the way I knew nothing about him personally and never saw him do interviews. I'm also fascinated by race relations in this country and knowing BB was that age where he must have witnessed a lot I always wondered to myself was he an angry bitter man who didn't care for most folks or was he a jolly friendly guy who had appreciation for other people people and if he was in a happy place in this world.

Sounds like you at least got a good feel for him and that's awesome getting to know a legend like that. Not to turn this into a race debate but a Moron like Al Sharpton could learn a lot from guys like MLK and BB in the way to work with other people peacefully in spreading the message instead of pissing people off and segregating people like only Sharpton knows how.

Great story!
Glad you enjoyed it!! (and got through it all ).

He was a private man. And as i said, cautious. I had wondered the same things about him and if the reason he wasnt doing interviews was if he was shy or an ego run amok a-hole like so many entertainers are. What i found surprised me in so many ways.

He wasnt a partier so you didnt see him at the vegas music haunts around town. He loved people, facinated by what made them tick but didnt have a big need to surround himself with them. We had that in common, probably why he liked and i believe "trusted" me with conversation.

He hated interviews because it was all so rehashed. He said i am a very simple person. I am humble but i know my place in music history and am proud of that. But, if not for playing guitar, there is nothing extrordinary about me. I dont have the answers to the universe. And because i came from humble beginnings, theres only so much to tell of my life. So many times i would sit for these interviews and go through the 4or5 things everyone always asks and then they realize they have run out of things way to fast and i watch them figit and squirm and desperately try to come up with something. I just got tired of it all. Everything about me and my life is out there and it hasnt changed much, not enough to call a press conference. ( he laughed).

Really, just a humble, nice man. And a thing to note, even though BB liked people and enjoyed conversation with people he felt comfortable with, he did not suffer fools!! Not at all and i can tell you that music critics and writers and fans can be down right obnoxious.

And this kept him out of the social circle. We had that in common also.

I have first hand stories of witnessing BB and not suffering fools. He was a master of putting people in their place and them walking off with a "what just happened there" look on their faces. If you annoyed him, he could find your sacred cow and butcher it, all in a "awe shucks" kind of way.

I think summing up BB, in my perspective was he was a decent man simple, not stupid, far from that. But he liked things simple and to the point and it was reflected in his person and his guitar playing. I ended up understanding exactly what cultivated his style after getting to know him, which was also refered to as simplistic. It was part of him. It was BB. His personality conjured through his instrument.

And that is what makes the greats, those who can channel themselves or sounds and subcontiously express it or recreate it (see jimi hendrix) through their music.

Be glad to share more and that you enjoyed it. We should carry on in another forum if yoj would like more of this, or othef stories from the greats i have met or known in music.

And thanks to the mods for being patient and allowing this. Anyone can PM me if they want to hear more or have questions and meet in a proper forum.
 

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Hello everyone,

I stumbled across this old post a short time ago, and I quickly signed up to become a member of this forum so I could thank each and every one of you for your heartfelt reactions to my father’s death. I'm sorry that I did not discover it sooner! Tomorrow will mark 4 years since he has been gone. Anyone who has lost a parent can relate to what I have been going through and reading your entries made me feel great knowing that there are still many fans out there who remember him warmly. Those of you who had met him can attest to the fact that he had an extremely magnetic personality– the void he left behind is hard to explain. It has truly been a healing experience to hear from all of you and Dolphin fans nationwide.

Thank you again for your support, and please reply or send me a PM anytime.

Garo Yepremian Jr.

PS: I run a Facebook page in my dad’s memory- (moderators, feel free to remove if this if not allowed), but here is a link to more information. Thanks!

https://www.facebook.com/Garo-Yepremian-181982624649/
 

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Damn! Another childhood hero gone. Loved that guy, his personality was right up there with the best of the Dolphins of that era. And he had style. RIP Garo.
 

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Hello everyone,

I stumbled across this old post a short time ago, and I quickly signed up to become a member of this forum so I could thank each and every one of you for your heartfelt reactions to my father’s death. I'm sorry that I did not discover it sooner! Tomorrow will mark 4 years since he has been gone. Anyone who has lost a parent can relate to what I have been going through and reading your entries made me feel great knowing that there are still many fans out there who remember him warmly. Those of you who had met him can attest to the fact that he had an extremely magnetic personality– the void he left behind is hard to explain. It has truly been a healing experience to hear from all of you and Dolphin fans nationwide.

Thank you again for your support, and please reply or send me a PM anytime.

Garo Yepremian Jr.

PS: I run a Facebook page in my dad’s memory- (moderators, feel free to remove if this if not allowed), but here is a link to more information. Thanks!

https://www.facebook.com/Garo-Yepremian-181982624649/
Thanks for signing up.

We loved your dad!
 
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