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Petition to Grosse Pointe North administrators, grosse pointe

Get Frank Sumbera back as coach

  Coach Frank Sumbera is a legend at Grosse Pointe North. Since 1973 he has been one of the most successful coaches in Michigan high school history. How could someone like this, a pillar of the community, a leader of young men, be forced out in the twilight of his career?Parents. Parents who are not doing any favors to their children by sheltering them from real world challenges. Today’s youth are overly sensitive and easily offended. They often lack coping skills, have never dealt with disappointment, or have been continually sheltered from anything remotely upsetting. Why? Parents have raised them in an overprotective environment that caters to this behavior. The youth has learned that if they don’t like something, or something is too hard, just tell mommy and daddy, and they will fix it. In East Hanover New Jersey the school recently passed a new rule that everyone that tries out makes the cheerleading squad, no one gets cut. Why? Parent complaints, just like the ones complaining to administration at GPN. Their child’s feelings get hurt temporarily (a minor setback in the big picture of life) and the parents jump to their rescue instead of using it as a learning experience. This is an example of the path that Grosse Pointe schools are headed down. First the coach, and next it will be the teachers who get fired for not giving everyone straight A’s. Why have a tough coach that pushes you towards scholarships and victories if it involves tough love when everyone can be a winner and get a trophy? If this change does not go through, and Coach Sumbera is not allowed to coach, hopefully he can be replaced with someone that plays games, gives out cookies, juice boxes, sings songs, and high fives everyone for a job well done. Then when the team starts to lose games, and miss out on real college scholarship opportunities, they will finally learn the lesson of true disappointment. The parents cannot shelter a child forever from devastation (hint: a child not getting enough play-time in a varsity game does not count as a devastating experience). ”Un-coachable kids become un-employable adults” -Unknown The youth today need to learn how to deal with all types of people so they can learn to adapt in the real world. If they are having a tough time with a coach, teacher, or fellow teammate they need to develop the skills to work through that challenge ON THEIR OWN without having a parent step in at the first sign of struggle. A parent should coach them on what to say, or on “how to play the game of life” from the side lines. Learning to navigate tough situations now while they have parental support to turn to before entering the real world is the true lesson parents should be teaching. You won’t be able to fire a demanding boss at work, or a superior who gives you a tough time. And you can’t cry to mommy and daddy if your feelings get hurt when you’re working in a salaried 9-5 career.   If you believe Coach Sumbera deserves to coach again, or if you are truly disgusted that a couple disgruntled parents complaining about “unfair” treatment (meaning their child got some constructive criticism, or in their eyes not enough play-time) could get a respected employee of the district fired, sign this petition. This is a sad day, and a turning point for the Grosse Pointe School District, and it should not go unacknowledged. Time to speak up before this happens to anyone else.

Laura Colbeck
3,089 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to The Walt Disney Company, Walt Disney, Gary Marsh, Adam Bonnett, Lakeitcha Thomas

Bizaardvark Oz Themed Episode

Since the Disney Channel show Bizaardvark has been renewed for a 3rd season this year, I've figured I should cooperate whether an episode or a special because it's the right thing to do. When I've watched both seasons, they really impressed me and somehow I had a thought after seeing one of the episodes. My question in that thought was this: What if Bizaardvark would have an episode with a spoof on The Wizard of Oz? I've already got the name Ozaardvark last year and the characters on the show [like in the picture above] for the roles. It'll be funny & enjoyable to see for viewers both young and old if you'd cooperate with me about it. We can see that in each TV show past and present has some references to the movie [quotes, themes, etc.] and such because it's legend in movie history, but this one would be great to see for fans of both Wizard of Oz and Bizaardvark. If I can help Disney Channel with that kinda episode to be made, then so can you. I don't care what they say about the show or its stars, it's a great one to watch and we can hope for an episode like this to occur unless we do something about it together. Also, this may work without 2 of the show's creators Josh Lehrman & Kyle Stegina since I've learned that they left, but it'll be okay without them 'cuz we can always remember that it was they who made the show in the first place, nobody else. This episode must work and we deserve to see one like that in the show. Think about it, Bizaardvark is going over the rainbow and down the Yellow Brick Road. Sign this petition, support and share! #Ozaardvark

Alex Dillard
232 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation

Induct late Jim Croce & Maury Muelhousen into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum

Croce was born in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on January 10, 1943, to James Albert and Flora Mary (Babucci) Croce, Italian Americans. Croce took a strong interest in music at a young age. At five, he learned to play his first song on the accordion, "Lady of Spain." James Joseph "Jim" Croce (January 10, 1943 – September 20, 1973) was an American singer-songwriter. Between 1966 and 1973, Croce released five studio albums and 11 singles. His singles "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" and "Time in a Bottle" were both number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 charts Croce attended Upper Darby High School in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania. After graduating in 1960, he studied at Malvern Preparatory School for a year before enrolling at Villanova University, where he majored in psychology and minored in German. He graduated with a Bachelor degree in 1965. Croce was a member of the Villanova Singers and the Villanova Spires. When the Spires performed off-campus or made recordings, they were known as The Coventry Lads. Croce was also a student disc jockey at WKVU (which has since become WXVU) Croce did not take music seriously until he studied at Villanova, where he formed bands and performed at fraternity parties, coffee houses, and universities around Philadelphia, playing "anything that the people wanted to hear: blues, rock, a cappella, railroad music... anything." Croce's band was chosen for a foreign exchange tour of Africa, Middle East, and Yugoslavia. He later said, "we just ate what the people ate, lived in the woods, and played our songs. Of course they didn't speak English over there but if you mean what you're singing, people understand." Croce met his future wife Ingrid Jacobson at a hootenanny at Philadelphia Convention Hall, where he was judging a contest. Croce released his first album, Facets, in 1966, with 500 copies pressed. The album had been financed with a $500 wedding gift from Croce's parents, who set a condition that the money must be spent to make an album. They hoped that he would give up music after the album failed, and use his college education to pursue a "respectable" profession. However, the album proved a success, with every copy sold. From the mid-1960s to early 1970s, Croce performed with his wife as a duo. At first, their performances included songs by artists such as Ian and Sylvia, Gordon Lightfoot, Joan Baez, and Woody Guthrie, but in time they began writing their own music. During this time, Croce got his first long-term gig at a rural bar and steak house in Lima, Pennsylvania, called The Riddle Paddock. His set list covered several genres, including blues, country, rock and roll, and folk. In 1968, the Croces were encouraged by record producer Tommy West to move to New York City. The couple spent time in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx and recorded their first album with Capitol Records. During the next two years, they drove more than 300,000 miles, playing small clubs and concerts on the college concert circuit promoting their album Jim & Ingrid Croce. Becoming disillusioned by the music business and New York City, they sold all but one guitar to pay the rent and returned to the Pennsylvania countryside, settling in an old farm in Lyndell, where Croce got a job driving trucks and doing construction work to pay the bills while continuing to write songs, often about the characters he would meet at the local bars and truck stops and his experiences at work; these provided the material for such songs as "Big Wheels" and "Workin' at the Car Wash Blues". The couple returned to Philadelphia and Croce decided to be "serious" about becoming a productive member of society. "I'd worked construction crews, and I'd been a welder while I was in college. But I'd rather do other things than get burned," he later said. His determination to be "serious" led to a job at a Philadelphia R&B AM radio station, WHAT, where he translated commercials into "soul" In 1970, Croce met the classically trained pianist-guitarist and singer-songwriter Maury Muehleisen from Trenton, New Jersey through producer Joe Salviuolo. In 1972, Croce signed to a three-record deal with ABC Records and released two albums, You Don't Mess Around with Jim and Life and Times. The singles "You Don't Mess Around with Jim", "Operator (That's Not the Way It Feels)", and "Time in a Bottle" (written for his then-unborn son, A. J. Croce) all received airplay. Croce's biggest single, "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown", hit No. 1 on the American charts in July 1973. That year, the Croces relocated to San Diego, California. As his career picked up, Croce began touring the United States with Muehleisen, performing live, including in large coffee houses, on college campuses, and at folk festivals. However, Croce's financial situation was still dire The record company had fronted him the money to record the album, and much of the money the album earned went back to pay the advance. In February 1973, Croce and Muehleisen traveled to Europe to promote the album, visiting London, Paris, and Amsterdam, and getting positive reviews. Croce also began appearing on television, including on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert and The Midnight Special, which he co-hosted. In July 1973, Croce and Muehleisen visited London and performed on The Old Grey Whistle Test. Croce finished recording the album I Got a Name one week before his death. During his tours, Croce grew increasingly homesick, and decided to take a break from music and settle down with his wife and infant son after his Life and Times tour was completed. In a letter to his wife which arrived after his death, Croce stated his intention to quit music and stick to writing short stories and movie scripts as a career, and withdraw from public life. On Thursday, September 20, 1973, during Croce's Life and Times tour and the day before his ABC single "I Got a Name" was released, Croce, Muehleisen, and four others were killed when the chartered Beechcraft E18S he was traveling in crashed while taking off from the Natchitoches Regional Airport in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Others who died in the crash were charter pilot Robert N. Elliott, comedian George Stevens, manager and booking agent Kenneth D. Cortose, and road manager Dennis Rast. Croce had just completed a concert at Northwestern State University's Prather Coliseum in Natchitoches and was flying to Sherman, Texas, for a concert at Austin College. The plane crashed an hour after the end of the concert. The album I Got a Name was released on December 1, 1973. The posthumous release included three hits: "Workin' at the Car Wash Blues", "I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song", and the title song, which had been used as the theme to the film The Last American Hero which was released two months prior to his death. The album reached No. 2 and "I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song" reached No. 9 on the singles chart. The song "Time in a Bottle" had been featured over the opening and closing credits and during a scene in which Desi Arnaz Jr. is opening the You Don't Mess Around With Jim album in the ABC made-for-television movie She Lives!, which aired on September 12, 1973. That appearance had generated significant interest in Croce and his music in the week just prior to the plane crash. That, combined with the news of the death of the singer, sparked a renewed interest in Croce's previous albums. Consequently, three months later, "Time in a Bottle", originally released on Croce's first album the year before, hit number one on December 29, 1973, the third posthumous chart-topping song of the rock era following Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" and Janis Joplin's recording of "Me and Bobby McGee". Croce had recorded a total of five studio albums and eleven singles by the time of his death. It is with deep gratitude that we ask the Jim Croce and Maury Muehleisen be inducted posthumous into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Music Lover
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