On Sep. 15, 2014, I announced plans to retire from Zaphod Beeblebrox, but assured you I would work hard for the club to continue on, if at all possible ( [ http://www.obj.ca/Local/
Sports-and-entertainment/2014- 09-15/article-3869816/Zaphods- preparing-for-final-bow%3F/1 ](http://www.obj.ca/Local/Sports-and-entertainment/2014-09-15/article-3869816/Zaphods-preparing-for-final-bow%3F/1) ). Today is bittersweet for me. I have concluded an agreement to sell Zaphod’s to a staff member. My tenure will end on January 31, 2016 . The new owner will take possession as of February 1, 2016 .
Once some legal and regulatory hurdles are cleared, this venerable venue will continue with a new lease on life and will, hopefully, with the strong support of Ottawans, continue the legacy of our past 26+ years.
Zaphod’s has many events over the Christmas season ( [ http://www.facebook.com/ events/1541077469517068/ ](http://www.facebook.com/events/1541077469517068/) ) and we’re even open Christmas Day!: [ http://www.ticketweb.ca/t3/ sale/SaleEventDetail?eventId= 6376795&pl=zaphod&dispatch= loadSelectionData ](http://www.ticketweb.ca/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?eventId=6376795&pl=zaphod&dispatch=loadSelectionData) ). This will be my last New Year’s Day bash with you. Bands that want to play their last shows of my tenure in December and January should get in touch a.s.a.p.I will take a break and enjoy life, spend time in Ottawa and Montebello, travel, eat well, stay fit and surround myself with the company of good friends. In time, I will explore new opportunities and challenges in Ottawa and continue to be of service to my community. I thank my wife, Kari, and Hannah, my daughter, for their tolerance and acceptance of my unconventional, adventurous, and many times chaotic, journey. I am also deeply indebted to my original partners John Archibald and Steve Atkinson for sharing my dream and founding this club with me. I sincerely thank all my staff, past and present, and the musicians, promoters, djs, technicians, crews, managers, agents, media and friends that have helped me along the way. I wish to acknowledge my landlord, Barefax , and my longtime audio and lighting company, Wall Sound & Lighting, for their faith in me for all these years. And, last but not least, I am profoundly grateful to Ottawans and the many visitors from Canada and around the world that have shared in this wonderful musical and social alternative.
”I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”*
Eugene Haslam Founder of Zaphod Beeblebrox The Nightclub at the Edge of the Galaxy
*Quotes from Douglas Adams, author. The man who inspired me on my adventures in Life, The Universe & Everything. A man who always knew where his towel was. “Any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with.”