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Letter To The People - Rökktober 2008
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Darth Bane lived about 1000 years before Star Wars: Episode I. It was by his design that the Sith go into hiding and live by the Rule Of Two; A master to wield the power and an apprentice to crave it, no more, no less.
This philosophy is what lured the Jedi to their complacency in thinking that they alone were the peacekeepers of that galaxy so far, far away.
After tricking the Brotherhood of Darkness (a collection of all the Sith Lords from the old Republic era) into their own destruction along with General Hoth and half of his Army of Light (the Jedi army), Bane and his new apprentice went into hiding. The Jedi, believing their Sith adversaries were extinct, saw no reason to keep their army intact and disbanded, creating the Jedi Council that would answer to the Republic Senate or The New Republic (the Star Wars politico you are probably most familiar with).
Luna Mortis, former Ottoman Empire is signed by Century Media
Letter To The People - September 2008
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Rökker rants again: Congrats to Madison’s Luna Mortis (formerly The Ottoman Empire) for getting signed with Century Media records, Green Bay Packers ranting and raving about the Jett Favre trade, Nikolai and Elizabeth head off to first day of school.
Atwood Summerfest 2008 - a look down Atwood Avenue from in front of the Maximum Ink/Ale Asylum Rock Stage
photo by Laura Steinhoff
Letter To The People - August 2008
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This Month: Maximum Ink website launch, Atwood Summerfest round-up, Milwaukee’s Boneshaker and their near-death-experience at Rocklahoma, Adventures With Nikolai: Nikolai loses his first tooth… photos available.
Elizabeth gets new glasses
photo by Rokker
Letter To The People - July 2008
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ATWOOD SUMMERFEST: Saturday, July 26th at noon will mark the start of the 26th Annual Atwood Summerfest held on the 2000-2100 blocks of Atwood Avenue in Madison.
Last year’s festival marked a turning point in growth as the festival featured music legends Canned Heat and drew a surprisingly large crowd.
This year’s festival may prove to go beyond that as both the Maximum Ink/Ale Asylum Rock Stage and the Harmony Bar Blues Stage feature talented local and regional artists and a national touring headliner.
Adventures with Elizabeth: The kids fine Rokker for swearing.
Elizabeth with her new bike from the Village Pedaler in Madison, it's her 10th b-day present
photo by Rokker
Letter To The People - May 2008
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This Month: The Frequency opens in Madison with Darwin Sampson at the helm, Ten Years Ago In Max Ink: Life of Agony, Bradley Fish sighting in Madison, Kristy Rose at the Back Bar, Adventures with Elizabeth: Elizabeth turns 10!
Nikko and Timmers playing Xbox 360
photo by Rokker
Letter To The People - April 2008
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Maximum Ink 12 Year Anniversary Party Recap, Blueheels, WAMI, Adventures With Nikolai
Brett Favre during his retirement speech
Letter To The People - March 2008
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This issue is dedicated to the memory of Buddy Miles, Paradise Guitars, Sponsors, Adventures with Brett Favre
Brett Favre Retires - worst day ever!!
Letter To The People - March 2008
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This Month: Maximum Ink 12 Year Anniversary Party, Adventures With Brett Favre
Letter To The People - February 2008
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This Month: Madison’s King Club closing, Mad-Midwest Fest, Milwaukee’s Altered Five get signed, Ten Years Ago In Maximum Ink - Coal Chamber, Adventures with Nikolai
Green Bay Packers 2007
Letter To The People - January 2008
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This Month: Green Bay Packers, Arlo Leach, Ten Years Ago In Maximum Ink, Today in Maximum Ink, Adventures with Nikolai
Ben proseting in the rotunda March 2011
Letter To The People - September 2006
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BEN MASEL for US Senate: Ben stands for your rights, even when you don’t! Originally from New Jersey, he came to Madison in 1971 to attend UW and was suspended indefinitely for actions during the last phase of Vietnam War protests. He was even placed on Nixon’s “White House Enemies” list, a list that also held the name John Lennon.
The first time many people heard the name Ben Masel was in 1990 when he challenged Wisconsin governor Tommy G. Thompson in the Republican primary for governor. His goal at that time was to re-introduce hemp as a raw material for the textile, fuel and paper industries.
Others may know him as the guy who puts on the Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival every year in Madison. Starting with a rally in Library Mall, the event features guest speakers, info booths, music, food, vendors and more. The rally is always followed by a peaceful march to the capitol steps where more guest speakers and a call to the governor are always made, usually by blow horn (see the back cover for event info).
The failed drug war was his target for many years, but decriminalizing pot is not his only passion. I remember him testifying for the A.C.L.U. in the late ‘90s when the KKK was coming to Madison. He was testifying in favor of allowing the KKK to have a rally at the capitol. I was confused until he told me, “If they can stop the KKK from having a rally, then they’ve set the precedence to stop you, too.” That is when I saw a truly altruistic person.
If you see him on the street, go and talk to him. Ask him his views on subjects like drug law reform, renewable energy sources, war, cell phone tracking legislation, the Patriot Act, gun control, search & seizure, civil rights, etc. I think you will find that he is well informed, logical and practical.
As an advocate of peace, every one of Ben’s protests has been non-violent. In fact, the only “violence” I’ve ever seen him involved in was at the hand of the police officers arresting him for “not” violating the law. The reason I say “not” is that he always wins during his day in court – And, honestly, we the tax-payers foot the bill for the civil authority’s ignorance and stupidity.
In the end, Ben is a true patriot. Like his friends Russ Feingold and Tammy Baldwin, Ben believes in our system and civil rights, as well as the protection of those rights from political erosion. Lastly, Ben is a brand new grandfather this month, congrats Ben! And good luck.
Adventures with Nikolai and Elizabeth: Summer is coming to an end for Nikko and Elizabeth. Elizabeth starts third grade this fall and Nikko starts pre-school. It seems like yesterday I was announcing Elizabeth’s birth and Life of Agony was on the cover….. that was May 1998, the first Adventures With Elizabeth.
He wrote a behind the scenes emailed newsletter that I used to read religiously. He always had the inside scoop as he’d attend practices and what not as a reporter. His articles were always witty and at the end of the Packer news was a sub-column called “Adventures with Evan,” his then 6 year-old son. Evan’s a teenager now and website blogs proliferate cyberspace, so Jeff’s hanging it up. I emailed him telling him how he inspired me to write the end of my column about my kids. He loved it and even told me he picked up Maximum Ink from time to time. What a small world.
Bradley Fish with a haircut
Letter To The People - December 2002
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Bradley Fish, New Year’s Eve with Last Crack, Erotic Exotic, Exit, Adventures with Elizabeth
photo by Rökker
Letter To The People - May 2000
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Happy Birthday Elizabeth, Shawn Brown married, Bradley Fish’s Electrifried Band, Rökker’s Wami Slam
Lizzie at our old apartment
photo by Rökker
Letter To The People - August 1999
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Sevendust, Adventures with Elizabeth
Max Ward in his 20s
Letter To The People - March 1997
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Early Letter to the People from the 1 year anniversary issue, talking about the name Maximum Ink and its relationship to Max Ward. Plus, old announcement of the Madison Musicians Guild.
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