Former OBI owner Matherson dies at 65

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Robert Matherson, a larger-than-life bar owner and developer who battled local and county officials tirelessly over the fate of his renowned Babylon night club, died yesterday of cancer.
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Grew up on LI

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Dec 13, 2007
 
I spent many a night at the OBI. Rest in Peace and thanks for the memories.
Ron Zoni

Brooklyn, NY

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Dec 14, 2007
 
God bless Bob. Thanks to him, so many had so much fun.
upstate bob

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Dec 14, 2007
 
bob was a great guy,i seem to remember a story that he was told that a certain band was great and he booked the band for the weekend,but when he finally heard them,he made them play in the kitchen because he thought they were not right for the obi,rest in peace bob.
I remember

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Dec 14, 2007
 
I remember the OBI from 1969. It was quite a place. Good times........
LIer

Hicksville, NY

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Dec 14, 2007
 
R.I.P. Bob. You were a real Long Islander.
Tommy Del of OCA

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#7
Dec 14, 2007
 
Love the place and the location. He was a good guy who took on the moron politicos who if not for their last names or ass kissing ability, would be fast food workers, at best.
Roger B Levittown

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Dec 14, 2007
 
Met a lot of great guys there
Gerry Knight

Newburgh, NY

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Dec 14, 2007
 
Best place to spend Sunday afternoons
in the summer. R.I.P
Bay Shore Girl

Bridgeport, CT

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Dec 14, 2007
 
I had many fantastic times at the OBI. The Halloween costume parties were the best! I even met a few great guys there as well..including my husband! Thank you Bob. Don't forget the bunge jumping platform after midnight!!!
ubie

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Dec 14, 2007
 
He was the best of the best bar operator of his time. He had the balls and the cashflow to standup to bigtime authority, if you leaned on him, he fought you usually in public and in the papers which gererated publicity and brought sympathy and even more customers. My hat is off to ya Bob. If you see Robert Moses tell him he lost. Tony Noto says goodby. YOU are the man.

“smart@ss...that' s me!!!”

Since: Jan 07

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Dec 14, 2007
 
My friends and I went their during the '80's and '90's, we all have wonderul memories....I was there the day it was tore down...I cried as did many who where there too....thank you Bob for all the wonderful times and memories...god bless...
bemused

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Dec 14, 2007
 
ohbrother wrote:
Good riddance to a man who did not raise any kind of true standards for Long Islanders. How common - one of a thousand bar holes that smell like puke and urine. I'm glad for the sake of young people that places like this should come to an end. I feel sorry for this man that he never found anything more meaningful in life.
Sounds like you hang out in a lot of bars.
Former Pequan

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Dec 14, 2007
 
I too am one of the many who had fantastic times there. Sunday afternoons in the winter were a great place to go on a date and drink bloody marys and sit by the fireplace.

Thanks for the memories.
Donnie Hondo

Forest Hills, NY

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Dec 14, 2007
 
I bartended there for two years in the late 80's (which was a long career working for him) and the man was a complete, ruthless psycho..... He hated just about everyone and would fire someone for the slighest reason..... It was very sad to watch someone with all that money be so miserable..He provided me with a life's lesson I'll never forget..Hope he can finally rest in peace.
Ex-Oak Beacher

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Dec 14, 2007
 
I remember having our car tires slashed by his employees, people urinating off our deck, drunks running over people in the parking lot. The fire trucks not being able to respond to our neighborhood due to all the illegally parked cars. Him trying to run an drainage pipe from his cesspool directly into Fire Island Inlet. I don't wish death on anyone but I did not shed a tear when they tore the OBI down
Love to Bobby - RIP

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Dec 14, 2007
 
When I was a child, one year, my family did not have alot of money for Christmas - and Bobby gave us money for our rent and for toys.

I have a child's memory of him, but even in that, he was eccentric, extravagant, and wild. And, thank God for him, and those like him. He made the world a more exciting and wonderful place. And he was kind to children. God bless Bobby.
Run26-2

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#24
Dec 14, 2007
 
I'll always remember the memories of the OBI. It was a great place and run very well.

Bob Matherson was peculiar and looked for problems where there were none. In a reverse angle, he tried to say he was being persecuted by local, state, and fed agencies as an advertising tool. It was all b.s.

The insiders who worked the facility will confirm heavy cocaine use after hours in the bar. Maybe this consumed Bob in paranoia. I will not continue further with anything negative in respect for his son.

Donnie Hondo-thanks for the great times.
Harry

White Plains, NY

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#25
Dec 14, 2007
 
I liked the place, good pickup club. I still have "Save the OBI" bumper stickers.
cfk

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Dec 14, 2007
 
long live the OBI!
Sun Of The Beach

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#27
Dec 14, 2007
 
Too Bad
This guy fought for what he believed in whther you agree with him or not

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