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I remember going to Joe Dumar's basketball camp (at Powers High). I stayed over that weekend. On our way home, we had a tornado warning. I remember you and I spotted it out (the tornado). So, we went back to your house and sat in the basement (watching Weekend at Bernies) and eating pizza. Damn, that seems like it was yesterday. you'll always be in my heart brother!
love you man!
~ Jay Gradowski-Elizondo - March 6, 2020
Aimee, we are so sorry to see this news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Andrew will never be forgotten for his kind help and compassion to so many.
~ Grace & Glenn Rossman - March 6, 2020
We are so sorry to hear of Andrew's passing. He was such a unique individual that brought happiness to all he knew. We have fond memories when he was involved with the Munising Moose Lodge...from his yummy homemade pizzas to when he portrayed Pugsley with our 'Take It or Leave It' shows...may the wonderful memories keep his spirit alive within your heart. Our sincerest sympathies.
~ Esley & Sharon Mattson Mattson - March 6, 2020
As I write this, I am still in shock. It’s been three weeks since the passing of our dear editor and my dear friend Andrew Kruse-Ross. I am reminded every day of his presence and his effect on Frankly Green Bay and this community. I delivered his route three days after we lost him and spread the word of his passing. Along with disbelief, amazing praise and commentary on the endeavor he created followed—many hugs and tears were had and shed that day. Andrew was a model of consistency with our magazine and his life— he always wanted it filled with insightful and demiurgic content. He wanted and strived for the basics: culture and entertainment and all without politics or hate.
He accomplished this in perpetuum.
Aimee Suzanne Kruse-Ross is our new editor of Frankly Green Bay. The woman of many names is also a woman of many talents. An accomplished singer, an amazing writer, crafter of fine jewelry, an explorer of antiques, a creator of magical Christmas ornaments and most importantly the light of Andrew’s existence. Mike Hermans (my brother and partner) were unsure where to go with the magazine, as Andrew was its heart and soul. When Aimee accepted the reins as editor, we were surprised. We were ecstatic that Andrew’s creation would continue and better yet, continue with his beloved wife taking the helm.
We (Mike Hermans, Aimee and Ryne Roulette) take our next steps to continue bringing worthwhile articles and content relevant to our culture in making N.E. Wisconsin a little weirder. All of our contributors remain firmly on board and Aimee has a few surprises up her sleeve moving forward.
Check us out online at franklygreenbay.com to see all our articles on the website. Check out our up-to-date calendar of current events and those enjoyments that make a difference in how we live. If you would like to tell us about your event and have it listed in one of our entertainment categories, just email us the event, date, time and place.
If you would like to advertise with us, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to drop me a line about content or anything else you would like to discuss (I love history and am always looking for new show ideas for Let Me Be Frank Productions) contact me at email@example.com or 920-371-4070.
The legacy of Andrew will continue and we know that he would be so proud of what Aimee is doing. For five years, Frankly Green Bay has made a difference with education and information. Please continue to read and critique our magazine, as we want you, the reader and the advertiser, to be pleased.
We here at Frankly Green Bay, as Andrew would put it, are mindful of what we are here for.
The mind is everything. What you think, you will become …
~ Frank Hermans - February 11, 2020
This magazine continues despite the untimely, tragic loss of founding editor, Andrew Kruse-Ross. Fortuitously, Andrew’s beloved spouse, Aimee Suzanne, has assumed the helm and everyone remains firmly aboard to assure that things proceed on an even keel. We owe it to Andrew.
Andrew was kind-hearted, broad-minded and passionate about life and learning. He epitomized an approach to life that fully engaged one’s head and heart — why he was a great writer, editor and friend.
Andrew believed in the worth of all people and a life-long persistence to derive meaning from experience. Taking his lead, this writer chooses to take meaning and encouragement from his time working with and being a friend of Andrew.
Thanks for everything, buddy. Tashi Delek!
~ Denis Gullickson - February 11, 2020
A Journalistic Salute ~~~
This is absolutely not the column I thought I would be writing for Frankly Green Bay this month or any month for that matter. I’m positive it is not a good omen for 2020 when it starts out with Andrew Kruse-Ross, my friend and our esteemed editor at Frankly Green Bay, unexpectedly passing away. I find it very weird that I’m writing about the death of Andrew because so many times I have handed in to him a column about someone passing away that impacted the music or entertainment world. I never intended to write about death as much as I have but sometimes what I write about for Frankly Green Bay picks me, not the other way around. A reader of mine once informed me to my face he no longer reads my column because I talk about people who die too often.
All I could say was, “That is your prerogative,” in the most un-Bobby Brown way as was possible at that point in history. I have repeatedly questioned the fairness of such a beautiful and kind soul being taken away so young from so many people who are now crushed by his absence. I did not come up with any answers to my question unless you want to say the good die young.
My sincere condolences to his wife (Aimee Suzanne Kruse-Ross), family members, friends and co-workers. I know it sounds cliché but Andrew was the nicest guy I have ever met in my entire life. Super great sense of humor, smart as a whip, compassionate, and an all around great guy. I'm positive in the seven years I have known him that I'm a better human being for just knowing him. The job Andrew did as my editor at the Scene and Frankly Green Bay was superb and at times way beyond the call of duty. He had mega patience in dealing with writers who tend to be late when it comes to deadlines.
So grateful to Andrew that he asked me to write for the Scene magazine which was the beginning of our friendship.
When Andrew first asked me to write for Scene, I was hesitant.
“Are you really serious, you want me to write?”
I informed Andrew the last time I wrote record reviews was in high school at N.E.W. Lutheran High School. The last review I submitted in high school was for the Blackfoot album “Vertical Smiles” and they refused to print it, which led to me quitting. Andrew had faith in me and was insistent I could do the job so I accepted his offer not quite sure what I was getting into.
At first it was hard for me to get back into the swing of it. My first review I wrote was for the Alejandro Escovedo album “Big Station.” This review was a huge challenge for me—almost broke me before I ever got started. The review took me seven hours to write and, at times, I thought it was going to take me even longer. The relief and joy I felt when I finally finished it at 5 a.m. was immense. The first few months or so it pretty much went like that, a monthly pulling of the teeth to finish, but the whole time Andrew was encouraging to me, patient, and would gladly help out with any questions or problems I had. Eventually the length of time it took to complete my monthly column would decrease and the quality of my sentence structure, grammar, spelling, etc. would increase.
Andrew’s incredible calming presence as my editor was the reason I continued to write. If it wasn’t for him, I might have just quit. I now realize that I’m really glad I stuck it out because I truly have enjoyed writing for him the last seven years and the paths that Frankly Green Bay have led me to. I had so many articles that would not have existed without his support.
Thanks to Andrew, I got the ball rolling on the Jesus Lizard at Lambeau Field. Thanks to Andrew, I got to interview WWE Superstars Big E and Cesaro, Zombies singer Colin Blunstone, Mudhoney's Mark Arm and Sir Clone Paul McCartney. I really appreciated his support on my article in Frankly Green Bay on if I was in charge of the Green Bay Packers. He also let me write about the Muffs for three consecutive months.
Thank you Andrew!
Andrew also was responsible for finding my cat Krypto as a kitten running around by the Wildlife Sanctuary and making my home Krypto's. Andrew even had the power to convince me to be in four fantasy football leagues (Andrew was the commissioner of two of the leagues I'm in).
The funeral service for Andrew was a very sad, touching, beautiful, and uplifting service. I give it a Timebomb Rating of 13 out of 13. I know that Andrew’s sense of humor would laugh at me giving a rating to his funeral service and this is my journalistic salute to him or ‘tip of the hat.’ Seriously his funeral service was a special event. Frank Hermans, one of the publishers and founders of Frankly Green Bay, did an incredible job with the eulogy. As they say in Zoolander, I didn’t think Frank would make such a great eugoogoolizer. Frank’s words about Andrew were more than perfect and he was truly able to convey who he was as a person. Frank, of course, talked about things that I knew about Andrew but also of things that I was not aware of or had forgotten.
I guarantee you this was the first funeral service I went to that had multiple Kids in the Hall references.
I wish I had told Andrew that whenever I’m looking for a pen now I’ll repeat this phrase.
“My pen, my pen!”
I went to the Kids in the Hall by myself at the Weidner Center a few years back and I wish Andrew had gone with me to that performance. I knew of Andrew’s love of Depeche Mode and now I’m trying to recall if I ever told him I had always wanted Motorhead to cover Personal Jesus. Andrew also loved the Cure and I’m positive I never told him I was the Midwestern college DJ who, in the ‘80s, started the false rumor that Robert Smith had died. Pretty sure this false rumor was even denied on MTV. I know I never told Andrew this because I hadn’t thought about that incident in decades.
Andrew’s wife, Aimee Suzanne, said some very beautiful things also. What really struck me was when she said it would be awhile before we will realize exactly all the effects Andrew had on our lives. This has rung mother-fraking true for me already and I’m excited to discover the many other ways Andrew made my life better by making me a better human. I work way too many hours at my job and I realize those hours worked are all hours away from the special people in my life. Hey if I didn’t work so much maybe I would have taken more advantage of being so lucky and privileged to have been able to call him my friend.
I have the same regret as the French-Canadian Fur Trappers on Kids in the Hall had when they were lamenting the over hunting of the Beaver.
“Oh the Beaver, What we’re we thinking?”
Except Andrew isn’t a beaver and my lament is not wisely spending more time with him, truly my loss. There is a hole in my heart knowing he won't be stopping by the store to brighten my day.
Until we meet again in the great Holodeck in the sky.
I’m going to end this month on a positive note by saying that Frank and Mike Hermans, the publishers of Frankly Green Bay, choosing Aimee Suzanne Kruse-Ross as the new editor of Frankly Green Bay was brilliant and not only the right choice, but the only choice. Aimee was an integral part of the editorial process here at Frankly Green Bay since day one. Many a time I would communicate with Andrew about a submission and Andrew would be working on another aspect of the next issue and he would give me some positive feedback via Aimee going over my submission before he had a chance. They were a great team and I know myself and the rest of the awesome staff of Frankly Green Bay are going to do what ever we can to help her out in this unexpected transition. I predict we will even see some past writers of Frankly Green Bay come back for guest appearances to honor the memory and everlasting impact that Andrew Kruse-Ross left on our lives.
Somewhere, I hope he is watching me type this last sentence and he is saying,
“I’m crushing your head!”
Live, Long and Love those who make you prosper.
~ Tom Smith - February 11, 2020
In my column I usually pontificate about some kind of pop culture slight I feel has my rage rising but this month I want to not talk pop culture and instead talk about a loss.
My editor here at Frankly Green Bay, Andrew Kruse, unexpectedly died as the new decade was arriving. Besides being my editor he was a friend. I really liked the guy and while he and I did not always agree on things I loved working for him. I can be a handful at times (anyone that follows me on social media will quickly find out I am a lawsuit just waiting to happen) and he was always able to wrangle me— not an easy task.
Andrew was the kind of editor that mostly stayed out of your way and only really pushed you into the direction he wanted but never MADE you do into a direction he wanted. Sometimes I put him in a tough spot such as the time I wrote a column that I knew was going to be
controversial and this was literally our exchange:
Me: I think you will hate what I wrote.
Andrew: Oh shit.
Andrew: Can I just send you twenty bucks to go see a film instead?
Me: I take it you no like?
Andrew: It’s not that. On a personal level, I’m fine. Preserving
advertisers might be another story.
Me: Fine, let me find another topic. Slave driver …
Andrew: I’ll owe you one.
Me: Dude you owe nothing. I am cool with it. Just let me think of
Andrew: Ok. Only you can make me feel like a corporate shithead.
Congrats on that.
Me: I didn't mean to.
Andrew: I know.
I worked with Andrew back on the Scene magazine days (the less spoken
about those the better) and followed him to Frankly Green Bay after that turned into the disaster that it did. I was shocked when I saw the news about his death as I literally had just messaged him like two days before he died and he responded. I was sending him inane and goofy things online as I always did and it was a hard hit when I realized he would never get to respond to me. I will miss Andrew both while working here at Frankly Green Bay but also just talking to him
on the phone or our banter of the dumb crap we would discuss online.
~ Josh Hadley - February 11, 2020
I could go on, and maybe soon I'll look further forward at more to come but I just wanted to take this moment to acknowledge the passing of our editor Andrew. Andrew and I sadly never met in person but we did chat via emails and Facebook about whatever I was writing about. He invited me to write for the magazine back at the start and it's been my privilege to do so in each and every edition so far. Andrew was always a joy to chat to, he was supportive, enthusiastic and a genuinely decent man who'd occasionally throw some popcorn money my way as a thanks for sitting through the likes of Ghostbusters 2016. Where he didn't agree with me, he let me express myself as I saw fit, where he did agree with me, he sent long emails in support. I will never forget the generosity and integrity he showed as a follower of my work and as my editor, and certainly not that he gave me the chance to actually get my words in print. I was going to write about how bad Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker was and I know he'd have loved it. But that wouldn't have left me room to acknowledge the life of this lovely man who I’ll miss working and chatting with and that was an editorial decision I had to make for myself, to honour him. Goodbye man, the worlds that bit less without you.
~ Glenn Criddle - February 11, 2020
Andrew Kruse-Ross was a friend, and even though I was 30 years older, a mentor. He will be missed dearly, but more importantly, Andrew will be remembered by me as a major constellation in my universe.
~ Davies Wakefield - February 11, 2020
Andrew was without a doubt one of the most beautiful souls on this earth. We remember fondly how pretty much every time we saw him, he would say something to make us laugh so hard it hurt. Some of my favorite authors are my favorites because of him introducing me to them. He was a good friend to everyone he knew, and had the biggest heart. Though it's been years since we've seen him, and our time knowing him was short, we are lucky to be able to say we have called him our friend. He will be sorely missed, and lovingly remembered.
~ Alicia&Roseann Stang - January 7, 2020
I am so very sorry for the loss of Andrew! I met Andrew about 5 years ago, when he walked into my work, at DigiCopy. He needed some printing done and proceeded to use the IMac. All of a sudden, the IMac was having issues and I teased him that he broke it! From there on we hit it off right away! He was such a wonderful person and brightened up my day whenever I saw him. He may of planned to only come in for a few minutes, but by the time he left it was way more than either of us expected. We would just get to talking and laughing and sometimes the tears would be flowing from my face because I was laughing so hard! He will be sorry missed. I sincerely wish his entire family my condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you all and even though I do not know you, I am sending my hugs along with that. Heaven receive a wonderful angel!
~ Anne Marie Bartella - January 7, 2020
We at the WLS will greatly miss Andrew's infectious smile and kindness. He delivered monthly to us, the Frankly magazine. He would stop to personally say hello and chat. He brought, kindness, loving personality and a wittiness about him. He would be laughing and joking all the time. He was a happy go lucky person. And even sometimes we were lucky enough to get coffee from him. I am honored that I had the opportunity to meet Andrew. My sympathy to Aimee Suzanne and Andrew's entire family at this difficult time. You will see him again one day in paradise. God Bless!!
~ Fluffy Aerts - January 7, 2020
We have memories of sharing potluck meals, playing games, a “murder mystery” evening & learning how to create decorative glass beads in Andrew & Sue’s home (& dog cuddling). What great hosts, what happy atmosphere, what playful entertainers.
Sue, you seemed very blessed to be able to share your life with this kind,
thoughtful, creative & loving adventurer. Fill the hole in your heart, & the deep sadness in your brain, with your favorite memories of times with Andrew.
Hugs & sympathy to you & Andrew’s family. David & Susan
~ Susan Leiber - January 6, 2020
I want to send all my love to Andrew's family. It's been years since I've seen y'all, but my childhood would not have been the same with out Andrew. He was like the big brother I didn't have. We had just talked over Instagram last month about how much my daughter looks like I did as a kid. I loved to see his pictures of his dog or the squirrels. This really hurts my heart, 42 is too young to take such a bright spark in this dark world. All my love to Gary and Patrick and Andrew's wife, I pray God helps you find peace and love in this tough time.
~ Kellie Findley - January 6, 2020
I went to college with Andrew and tried to start a literary magazine with him. He was a fun, funny, loving guy and, although I haven't seen him much since college, I was deeply saddened by the news of his passing. He and his family will be in my thoughts.
~ Rob Brasseur - January 5, 2020
I never got the pleasure to personally meet Andrew, but I felt I got a good sense of who he was through my long friendship with his darling Aimee Suzanne. I sit here very frustrated and broken hearted in California. I am so far away and want so much to give her a hug. I hold you and Andrew in my heart forever. Sending you love.
~ Diane White - January 4, 2020
All of you are in my thoughts and prayers. I worked with Andrew at the Chilton Times Journal. He was a great person to work with. I extend my deepest sympathy to all of you
~ Betty Schilling - January 4, 2020
Andrew by far was one of the wittiest, most generous, kindest and compassionate people I have ever ever known. Andrew's humorous stories and the belly laughter that followed will be greatly missed and will never be forgotten---nor will the off-the-wall old movie and tv show recommendations. We greatly looked forward to the monthly Frankly drop off ; which meant a visit from Andrew. ALWAYS felt happier after Andrew was here. My daughter and I would never have seen the Riff-Trax Sharknado 2 in the theater a few years ago without the suggestion from Andrew. He will be so greatly missed.
~ Jody Sperduto - January 4, 2020
I am devastated at the news of Andrew’s passing, and I offer my deepest sympathy to Aimee Suzanne and all who loved him.
I believe Andrew holds the record for the most courses taken from me—five, if memory serves. I was the guy who introduced him to that difficult Irish literature, and he couldn’t get enough. It took him about a week to change his mode of address from “Dr. Foster” to “Fos,” which was pretty bold in an eighteen or nineteen year old and endeared him to me from that moment forward. If all students were like him, I could have taught till I was a hundred.
~ Tom Foster - January 4, 2020
Andrew and I went to high school together at Flint Central. I learned of his transition from one of our high school classmates. I think we may have even rode the school bus together at one point. I recall his warmth and kindness. That’s something you don’t forget—not even 23+ years later. My heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathy to you and your family during this time of bereavement. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
~ Qiana Harden - January 3, 2020
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