Gary Grimshaw -- one of Detroit's greatest graphic artists, Grande Ballroom poster legend, creator of the MC5 logo, former '80s CREEM art department honcho, and just all-around great guy -- has been quite ill for several years now. He has been maintaining nevertheless. Sadly, we received this e-mail earlier today:

Our friend -- and Detroit's rock art treasure - Gary Grimshaw, has become seriously ill. He has just undergone major surgery. The result is the removal of the majority of his small intestine in the first stage of operation. He has survived that stage. He will be unable to eat solid food from this point and will have to subsist on liquids and intravenous feedings for life. There is still stage two for him to endure.

Laura Grimshaw, his wife, has asked everyone to give a moment of thought, meditation, or prayer for Gary.

Please forward this message to all of his many friends.

Damn! Please think good thoughts for Mr. Grimshaw...

UPDATED: 8:30 p.m., Feb. 18

Just received this e-mail:

Today Gary MADE IT through the second stage of the operation. Things are looking up. There will still be a restrained diet, and IV's. Can't keep a good man down.

Looks like good thoughts may help after all.

Gary (right) with fellow Detroit artist Carl Lundgren


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