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Lindellac
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 3:48 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi everyone,

A group of us are trying to make a short film / documentary on the Lindell A.C. to remind the world of what a real sports bar is all about. But here's the catch: we need your help. We know the Lindell is close a lot of guys and gals hearts on this forum, so we thought this might be a good place to reach out for help. Since the Lindell is long gone now, we're going to have to rely on old patrons, friends, friends of the old owners, former employees, etc. to help us find some material to tell the Lindell's history. So, If you've got a story, a connection, a photo or home movie, bar napkin, anything that you're willing to share with us, or if you're willing to talk with us, we want to talk to you. Feel free to post anything here, or even better, contact us directly at:

lindellathleticclub@gmail.com

Cheers!

-Matt
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Urbanoutdoors
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 9:24 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My family was very close with them and I pass the info along to my grandmother and father who I am sure would love to contribute...
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Baselinepunk
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 10:24 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

"Jimmy B and Andre"; classic movie. Sonny Elliot gettin` tossed out the door is one of the best movie moments caught on film.

Had many burgers there; I swear to this day that that grill was one of the best "seasoned" grills in the area -- you could never go wrong with a Lindel burger!
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Bobl
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 10:40 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Oh, yes!
Some of the best burgers, ever.
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Reddog289
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Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 1:29 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I should forward this to my "Grandpa" up north. I have always heard of what a great bar this was. Would like to see the movie when it is done.
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Urbanoutdoors
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Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 1:38 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Butsicaris's were very good to me as a kid in fact there was hardly a time I went there where I didn't get something... To my recollection I got a game ball from Lou and Tram's last game not to mention a game ball from the 1991 tigers I think... I always got something even if it was a few packs of sports cards or a few quarters for pacman... I miss the lindell dearly.
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Rsmack
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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 - 12:38 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

According to the book "Motor City Mafia" It was once co-owned by Alex Karas. He was accused of having ties to the Giacalone brothers, Detroit's major organized crime family. It was the scene of widespread gambling. After a investigation Alex Karas was suspended for the entire 1963 season.
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Rjlj
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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 - 12:50 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Much agreed Baselinepunk and Bobl. Those burgers were some of the best around the city then and now.
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Whithorn11446
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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 - 1:26 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

"According to the book "Motor City Mafia" It was once co-owned by Alex Karas. He was accused of having ties to the Giacalone brothers, Detroit's major organized crime family. It was the scene of widespread gambling. After a investigation Alex Karas was suspended for the entire 1963 season."

It would have been nice if the author of the book would have spelled Alex's last name correctly since its Karras not Karas. Alex was the third partner in the Lindell and it was common knowledge around Detroit.

I wish I had a picture of Teddy the Wrestling Bear sitting on the floor of the Lindell with his trainer eating french fries.

Bob Talbert use to say periodically in his columns that someday he would write a book about the Lindell, but it never happened.
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Mtm
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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 - 8:14 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Worked across the street at the phone company. Can't tell how many nights when working afternoon shift, I'd run across and get burgers and fries (with vinegar!) for my staff. One night the snow was so deep I almost couldn't make it across and one of the guys met me 1/2 in the street. Especially LOVED the grilled onions on the burgers!
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Whaler
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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 - 10:57 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I Sat next to Andre the Giant one night at the Bar ...His Hands were so big ...They were arround a 7 and 7 (21 of them while i was there) I will never forget that day
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Lindellac
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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 - 12:42 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hey everyone thanks for all the great responses! Keep them coming! And please pass the word around to others. Again we need all of you to make this a reality.

And if any of you or your friends or family are willing to get in-front of a camera and tell your story, please send us an email with your contact info and a short description of your experience. Again, we're at:

lindellathleticclub@gmail.com

On a side note, it's pretty funny how everyone keeps bringing up the burgers. They were amazing! Some of us working on this project were there when the Lindell was closing and got to enjoy one of the last burgers to come off that well seasoned grill. Just one more reason to keep the Lindell alive with this project!

Thanks again for you help everyone, and keep em coming!
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56packman
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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 - 10:56 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

56Packman Sr. worked across the street at Bell Telephone, and he spent a lot of time at the Lindell.
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Jfk
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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 - 11:09 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My cousin co-wrote Jimmy B and Andre.
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Bobl
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Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 8:11 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Whaler, I cracked a smile while reading of Andre The Giant's 21+ seven & sevens at Lindell AC. Do you think he was beginning to get a buzz?
Reminded me of the 1980s Detroit Tiger, who shall remain nameless, who drank at least 10 margaritas at Lindell AC while I was there. Several weeks later, at Xochimilco in Mexicantown, he was ordering pitchers of margaritas when I was celebrating my birthday at the next table.
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Ditman
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Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 2:08 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

How come nobody mentioned the Karras-Dick The Bruiser brawl at the Lindell? I think if you go to www.detnews.com there still might be stills of a "bruised Bruiser" the day after.
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Razr66
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Posted on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 9:07 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

We rode are bikes there on a Sunday afternoon to watch the Lions game, and ended up in a birthday celebration for bartender Tyrone... It was a private party, but Tyrone and his family and friends made us feel like part of the family, serving up plates of food and keeping the beers flowing!! What a great day!!

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