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It’s that time of year, prompting me to dust off my favorite birthday card. My granddaughter Addy served as both copywriter and designer of the card.

In the spirit of full disclosure, she crafted this card some time ago, and I have posted about it before.

Still, if TBS can show “It’s A Wonderful Life” every year on Christmas Day, I figure I can recast Addy’s words every Nov. 14.


Birthday card drawn in orange crayon


Life is better than fiction.

Not only does “it keep going on,” but life is pretty darn good. My family surrounds me with love and bad puns. The photo below at the Agency’s 30th anniversary party shows my oldest son and Addy’s dad, Otis, in the back row with daughter Grace, in the front row, son Elliot on my far left with my wife and my little brother — still my little brother even though he’s taller — at my side.


Family portrait, with balloons


My parents are still enjoying a relatively active life, devoting a chunk of time to The Child Language Center developed by the Scottish Rite. This photo shows Heather and me with my parents in Singapore walking Haji Lane.


Family portrait on the streets of Singapore


We have an eclectic group of friends who value conversation, food and laughter.

And we scored tickets for “Hamilton” — “Hey yo, I’m just like my country
I’m young, scrappy and hungry” – next week in San Francisco.

Yes, life keeps going on.




  • DudeStro

    We, who are on the sidewalks with noisemakers and signs as your parade goes by, keep cheering and laughing (with and at you).

    From the serious bidness approach, you’ve come a long way (Baby) since the one-person shindig with stacks of Electronic News and MIS Week next to your desk.

    And from the (mostly) serious parenting approach, you’ve demonstrated love, kindness, humor and patience — including the move to a house across the street, then back. (As well as your kids still calling me by my last name)

    As you and your family have grown and evolved, we, your fans, have as well.

    Many more laughs, stories, serious inquiry and thought are ahead for you.

    Thank you for helping to make our lives better, more enjoyable and interesting. And for the laughter.


    • Lou Hoffman

      Still get a kick out of Grace’s use of your last name.

      More laughs to come.


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