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Posted on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 7:43 pm:   

The Okefenokee Swamp Band played Verne's Bier-Stube during the 1970's. We crammed ourselves together around the pot-bellied stove which sat atop a small, brick platform that served as the 'stage'. Verne's lent European flair to the Corridor with it's giant gas fireplace near the front door, the enormous wooden tables, great menu and brick floor indigenous to the German beergarden. George Todd would perform his cowboy songs on occasion between the Swamp Band's sets. Great memories of good times.
Gene Schwimmer
Posted on Thursday, December 23, 2004 - 1:00 pm:   

I used to be a bartender at Verne's, with Henry Normile. I remember a manager, Joe, who was eventually fired for drinking the profits; another bartender named Michael (I think); a waitress named Laura McGuire (whom I would love to hear from); and another waitress, Jura Kaupas (ditto).
laura McGuire freeman
Posted on Sunday, July 24, 2005 - 12:52 am:   

Hey Gene! I just tried to send a hello to you at the email address from another posting(, came back to double check it and found this message. I had admonished that you had better remember me and now I see you did, great! Write me at, I'll save the message till I hear from you & send it out then. Laura
Gene Schwimmer
Posted on Friday, November 27, 2009 - 6:26 pm:   

You still there, Laura? Have not visited this site in years, just happened to now and saw your old message. I remember trying to email at the address you gave, with no success. If you see this, you can email me at Anyone else who knows me is welcome to email me, too.
Gregg T Trend
Posted on Wednesday, December 09, 2009 - 12:13 pm:   

Mostly I remember Ken Cockrel holding forth from a table near the back wall when Verne's moved to the Forest location from Woodward (I could hear him when I walked in the door!)I started drinking there with Arts&Crafts friends c. 1963. A friend, printmaker, Dan Clark (MFA WSU & attendance at A&C 1962-195)ran a tab at both places. His LTP (later wife?)Eileen Mullen (A&C student, MFA painting WSU)was also there occasionally. Otherwise, no one in the art scene since the '60's would kow who I am because I never exhibited as a professional artist in Detroit (BFA Wayne State 1972; MFA studio art, U of Oregon, 1974) I was a graphic artist & art director for various automotive related accounts. From the late 1980s until I retired in early 2004 I was a project archivist (MSLS grad cert. Archival Adm. 1990)in various locations across the US. BTW, I was born in June 1943.
Richard Knopp
Posted on Friday, August 27, 2010 - 8:20 pm:   

I was searching the net looking for Jura Kaupas, an old friend from WSU and the Classics Department, and ran across this website. If anyone has a current email address for her, I would love to contact her and hear what she has been up to. She was a dear friend and the zaniest person that I've ever met!
Roman Gennick
Posted on Wednesday, September 08, 2010 - 11:45 am:   

I worked at Vernes Bierstube as a waiter in 1972 while I studied painting at Old Main. I remember Henry Normille and then frequented Cobb's Corner. I can only remember one other name from that era: Diane Sfair
Algis Ratnikas
Posted on Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 10:55 am:   

The Okefenokee Swamp Band played regularly to a packed house at the Circa on Cass around 1976-77. Members of the band lived above our basement apartment in the 4th st alley. Dawn, a black-haired beauty, was one of the finest fiddle players I ever heard. Jura Kaupas is the younger sister of my friend Algis Kaupas (on Facebook). Post me at for more info.

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