Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Happy Birthday with Gov. Arnie & John

In ‘96, Arnold Schwarzenegger decided to open his then-new movie Eraser on my birthday, and I could see no better way to celebrate my birthday than with the opening of a good old Arnie action flick.  So after all my friends and I engorged ourselves at a local italian restaurant we headed off to Crossroads Cinemas in Bellevue to watch the show.  Since it was the opening of an Arnie flick, and a Friday night, we decided to get there a bit early so we could get seats - and good thing too, we still ended up sitting way over on the side.  With plenty of time now on our hands, we sat there amusing ourselves by lampooning the endless loop of advertising slides showing on the screen.  In no time at all, the theater completely filled with people.

Now this theater was the big one at Crossroads - it probably seats about 500-600 people.  It’s the one they reserve for blockbuster movie openings.  I was noticing how full the theater is when, suddenly, John stood up and started calling out, “Could I have everyone’s attention, please!”.  Seated right next to him, I started thinking, “huh - I wonder what he’s doing...”

John continued calling for attention and by and by he got it - all 500 people quieted and listened to him.  Then he started.  “Today is my friend Rob’s birthday, and I think it would be great if you join me in wishing him a Happy Birthday.” He then began singing, followed immediately by my party friends.  By the 2nd “happy birthday to you”, the ENTIRE AUDIENCE was singing along.  They concluded & I meekly took a bow.  As I sat down, I told John, “I don’t know how I’m going to get you back for this, but I will.” Then “Thanks John”. 

And thus was my most memorable birthday ever - the day John led 500 people to serenade me - thanks to John’s generosity and outgoing manner.

Posted by Rob McKaughan on 06/30 at 10:03 AM
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The Group Admin from Hell

Another good John story - check out Bruce Oberg’s recounting of The Group Admin from Hell.

Posted by Rob McKaughan on 06/30 at 10:00 AM
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John Källén & John Pilafidis

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Another favorite photo; this one capturing both Johns at my birthday party in ‘94.  It is one of my favorites because it has both Johns in it and because it captures something of their personalities.  John P. is showing John K. the old trick of putting your fingers together & crossing your eyes so as to make your fingers look like hot dogs. 

Posted by Rob McKaughan on 06/30 at 09:55 AM
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John & Robert Lee at Plaid party

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John and Robert Lee play piano together at The Plaid’s year end party during our senior year of high school (’88).  ("The Plaid” was our school newspaper).  This is one of my favorite pictures because it shows John doing one of the things I always admired about him (excellent improvisations at the piano), and it’s the only time I got to see these two excellent musicians playing together.  (Robert has gone on to write musicals on Broadway). 

Posted by Rob McKaughan on 06/30 at 09:47 AM
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Tuesday, June 29, 2004

How To Submit Articles and Pictures

First, you will need to register on the site. To register, click here.

After you have an account and have logged in, go to the Control Panel.

Click on the Publish link at the top. This is where you can create an article. Below are the instructions for each entry field:

Title: You must provide a title for the article
Body: This is where you can enter the bulk of your article. If you want to insert a picture, click on the “File Upload” link above the Summary box.  That will create pop-up window that will allow you to upload a file. GIF and JPG images are allowed. You want the image to appear in the “Body” field and you can resize the image if you want to. If you do not want to resize the image, you can simply close the pop-up window.

The rest of the fields you do not need to complete. You can assign a category to the article by selecting a Category on the bottom right hand sidebar.

Posted by Lydia on 06/29 at 03:10 PM
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Sunday, June 27, 2004

Big Fish

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From our trip to Cabo San Lucas in 1994.

Posted by Lydia on 06/27 at 10:25 PM
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