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Name Changer: John Rabe Blog is now Off-Ramp

Hello, everybody.

When I started the John Rabe Blog twenty years ago, it was just me, pounding away at the keyboard.

But in the last few months, we've added a number of regular contributors who are, unfortunately, not named John Rabe -- like new Off-Ramp producer Kevin Ferguson, vinyl historian Peter Stenshoel, Marc Haefele, and others ... all of whom reflect the high journalistic and entertainment standards of Off-Ramp.

So, we're changing the name of this blog to Off-Ramp, and long will you remember this day, November 3, 2010. In fact,

He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when the day is named,
And rouse him at the name of Off-Ramp.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say 'To-morrow is the day John did that thing:'
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars.
And say 'These wounds I had on that day.'
Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot,
But he'll remember with advantages
What feats he did that day: then shall our names.
Familiar in his mouth as household words
Ferguson, Stenshoel, and Sigman,
Haefele, Kim, and Miller,
Be in their flowing cups freshly remember'd.

(Images courtesy LA Public Library online photo archive.)