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May 23, 2006

Brothers reunited as Golub crafts dysfunctional family film

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SHARON — The last time brothers Bob and Gary Golub saw each other, Bob Golub was driving down a Sharon alley when a hooded figure gave him a less-then-flattering hand gesture.

“He looked like death,” Bob Golub, a comedian and actor, recalled of his brother, the hooded figure. He wondered whether that was the last time he would ever see him.

“I was hiding from the cops,” Gary Golub said of his attire and his alley crawling.

The police eventually found him and his history of drug abuse and theft landed him in prison for 21 months.

In town for a brief stay this week, Bob, of Los Angeles, learned Gary had gotten out of prison, and had bought a house in Sharon. After a short telephone conversation with Gary, and directions from their sister, Barb Develli, he drove up the street.

“Where do the Golub’s live?” he yelled at a young man sitting on a porch.

“Right here,” said Gary’s son, Cory.

Bob does a double take. It’s been three years since he saw the lad, who looked like he had spent most of those three years in the weight room.

Bob grabs a digital movie camera and goes looking for his brother.

Bob has been filming a movie about his family, especially as they relate to their father, Donald Sr., known to most as “Dodo,” and growing up in Sharon.

The film is just about done, but Bob is spending a few days with a borrowed camera filming sites in town to illustrate the Shenango Valley, and interviewing people who knew Dodo or could explain life in the area.

Bob, one of eight kids, spots Gary in the kitchen, changing clothes after coming home from work. With few pleasantries, the brothers find a spot in the back yard to film the interview. Gary was in prison when Bob shot the bulk of the film last summer, so getting Gary on film adds a new wrinkle to the story, by way of confirming and contradicting what others have said.

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