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Da Yoopers

Da Yoopers is a traveling comedy show and musical group from Ishpeming, United States. They are known for their humorous songs and skits, most of which center on life in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan; the band's name includes the term "Yooper," slang for residents of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the use of "da" instead of "the" is typical of the Yooper dialect. Da Yoopers has released twelve regular albums and two compilations, all on their personal label, You Guys Records; the group's members are Jim Bellmore, Lynn Bellmore, Jim "Hoolie" DeCaire. DeCaire and Anderson founded the group with bassist Jim Pennell. Da Yoopers was founded in 1975 by Jim DeCaire and Joe Potila, two songwriters from Ishpeming, Michigan. After unsuccessful attempts at getting songs cut by other artists, they began recording as Da Yoopers in 1985; the band's original lineup consisted of DeCaire on drums and Potila on guitar, along with keyboardist Lynn Anderson and bassist Jim Pennell. They were known as the Joe Arkansas Band.

The band took their name from the word "yooper", a common term for people of the "U. P.", an abbreviation for the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, "Da" came from the Yooper dialect pronunciation of "the". The band toured throughout Michigan's Upper Peninsula for several years, before recording their first album, Yoopanese, in 1986 on their personal label, You Guys Records; this album included all written by Potila and DeCaire. A second album, Culture Shock, was released a year later; this second album featured several comedy songs, including "Second Week of Deer Camp" and "Rusty Chevrolet", both of which became local hits, including airplay on stations in Chicago and Milwaukee. In addition, "Second Week of Deer Camp" would be played on several Dr. Demento shows. By the release of Camp Fever, the band's third album, Pennell left and was replaced with Joe DeLongchamp. In addition, Lynn Anderson married Jerry Coffey, who joined as a percussionist, it included the first song of the band's career not to be written by Potila or DeCaire, as DeLongchamp wrote the title track.

Yoop It Up, their fourth cassette, was released in 1989. Yoopy Do Wah, released in 1991, was the band's first album on compact disc, released shortly after Dave "Doc" Bradbury took over on bass guitar; that year, a compilation titled For Diehards Only was released, featuring a selection of songs from the group's first four albums. Da Yoopers' 1993 album One Can Short of a Six-Pack featured both regular and Christmas songs, including a parody of "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer" titled "Grandpa Got Run Over By a Beer Truck". In 1995, Potila retired and was replaced by Jim Bellmore on lead guitar, while "Cowboy" Dan Collins joined on lead guitar. Bellmore's first studio appearance was on We're Still Rockin' in 1995. Potila died in 2001. Two albums were released in 2000: Jackpine Savage and Naked Elves in Cowboy Boots, the latter an album of Christmas music. Both Dan Collins and Jerry Coffey left shortly after Naked Elves in Cowboy Boots. Songs for Fart Lovers and Diehards II both came out in 2004, with the two-disc 21st Century Yoopers in Space following in 2006.

This album featured several guest contributions in both performing and songwriting. Lynn, who divorced Jerry in 2005, was again credited as Lynn Anderson on 21st Century Yoopers in Space, married Bellmore shortly after that album's release; the last touring lineup consisted of the Bellmores, Symons, DeCaire. Lusardi died May 8, 2016. Da Yoopers own and operate a gift shop near Ishpeming called "Da Yoopers Tourist Trap", located in Ishpeming; this gift shop features various Upper Peninsula-themed merchandise. Da Yooper's tourist trap two museums as well; the first museum is a mineral museum that contains various minerals found in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It has exhibits related to the local mining culture; this museum is found inside of Da Yooper's Tourist Trap. The other museum is an outdoor museum, more oriented towards humor, it contains such things as a large chainsaw, called Big Gus, a large rifle, called Big Ernie, Da Two-holer. This comical museum has various other displays in which tourists are encouraged to see in order to understand the humor of the Yooper culture.

The band's membership comprises the following: Jim Bellmore: guitar, bass guitar, vocals Lynn Bellmore: keyboards, vocals Jim "Hoolie" DeCaire: drums, vocals Jim Boyer: sketch comedy Dave "Doc" Bradbury: bass guitar, vocals Matt Bullock: sketch comedy Dick Bunce: bass guitar, sketch comedy Steve Calhoun: sketch comedy Jerry "Cuppa" Coffey: drums, vocals, sketch comedy "Cowboy" Dan Collins: guitar, sketch comedy Art Davis: sketch comedy Joe DeLongchamp: bass guitar, sketch comedy Chris Kukla: sketch comedy Jerry "Mungo" LaJoie: sketch comedy Pete "Casanova" LaLonde: sketch comedy "Billy Bob" Langson: sketch comedy Reggie Lusardi: bass guitar, sketch comedy Robert "Dill" Nebel: sketch comedy Jim Pennell: bass guitar, vocals Joe Potila: lead guitar, sketch comedy Mike "Mikku" Powers: sketch comedy Bobby Symons: drums All albums released on You Guys Records. Albums Compilations Da Yoopers' Official Website

Ivan Ilchev

Ivan Ilchev, Ph. D. in history, the rector of Sofia University between 2007 and 2015. He specialized in modern history of the Balkan peoples. Ivan Ilchev was born on June 1953 in Sofia, his father is Ilcho Dimitrov a famous historian and former minister of education. His mother is of Jewish descent. Ilchev graduated from the 114 English High School in Sofia, he continued his education in Sofia University. After his graduation, in 1978, he became assistant professor at the History Department of the Sofia University and associate professor in 1987, he was awarded the title of professor of modern history of the Balkan Peoples in 1995. Ivan Ilchev has lectured in Ohio State University in Columbus, Wilson Center in Washington D. C. the University of Chiba, the universities of Leipzig, Thessaloníki, Oxford and many other famous universities. He was dean of the History Department of Sofia University and member of the Academic Council from 2003 to 2007. Ilchev is an active member of the Social Council of Bulgarian National Television and the Public Museum Council at the Ministry of Culture.

At the beginning of November 2007, professor Ilchev was elected rector of the Sofia University, after a ballot, by 218 votes to 90 for the other candidate. He was reelected in 2011, he is corresponding member of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Ivan Ilchev has published 2 of them in co-authorship with other academics; the most renowned of them - in Bulgarian, titles translated - are: The Rose of the Balkans. A Short History of Bulgaria. Sofia 2005 Bulgarian Parliament and Bulgarian Statehood. 125 Years National Assembly 1879-2005. Sofia 2005 Middle Time. Or the Bulgarian between two centuries. Sofia, Colibri 2005 Touching America. Sofia 2003 To the Wester, To the Westest — Japan. Letters of a gaijin. Sofia, Colibri 2001 My Fatherland -- not. Exterior propaganda of Balkan peoples. 1821-1923. Sofia 1995 Advertisement during Bulgarian Renaissance. Sofia 1995 Bulgaria and the Triple Entente during World War I. Sofia 1990 Winston Churchill and the Balkans. Sofia 1989, second issue Riva, 2007 Ilchev Buttress on Graham Land, Antarctica is named after Ivan Ilchev.

Ivan Ilchev on the homepage of University of Sofia "Prof. Ivan Ilchev is the New Rector of Alma Mater". News.bg. 2007-11-15. Retrieved 2008-09-28. Article in the journal "Dnevnik", November 15, 2007 about the election of Ivan Ilchev with his biography Europass Curriculum Vitae, comprehensive biography of Ivan Ilchev