Birdday party • A few photos from my 111th birthday part Feb. 9 at 4 Hands Brewing Co. Foodtrucks Guerrilla Street Food and Sarah’s Cake Stop were there, as well as dozens of friends. And artist Dan Martin drew custom Weatherbirds for about three hours — he’s the best!
Pecking order • Everyone loves a bird in a bow tie! (Video by Jackie Hutcherson)
Drawn to order • St. Louis Post-Dispatch artist Dan Martin draws Weatherbird cartoons for revelers at my 111th birthday party Thursday night at 4 Hands Brewing Co. in St. Louis. (Video by Jackie Hutcherson)
Here’s lookin’ at me • Saturday is the 111th anniversary of my hatching. I am the oldest continuously running cartoon in American journalism. Feb. 11, 1901 was a cold, blustery day — some things don’t change.
I’m celebrating my 111th birthday this week, and you’re invited to my party!
Join me from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 9 at 4 Hands Brewing Co. for a “birdday” tweetup. Weatherbird artist Dan Martin will be drawing my portrait and signing autographs. We’ll have Filipinio-inspired fare from Guerrilla Street Food and cupcakes from Sarah’s Cake Stop. Four Hands offerings include Reprise Centennial Red, Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown Ale, Excess Rye Wine, Bona Fide Imperial Espresso Stout and Copia Fresh-Hop Saison.
At 111, I’m extending my reign as the oldest continuously running cartoon in American journalism. That’s right, I’ve been on the front page of the Post-Dispatch since Feb. 11, 1901. (I’m jumping the gun a bit by planning a party two days before my birthday.)
This is a free event; you don’t even have to use Twitter to participate. 4 Hands Brewing is located about a half-mile south of Busch Stadium at 1220 South Eighth Street, St. Louis. Save your spot now.
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Lovin’ spoonful • Regular contributors to Let’s Eat have put together their favorite recipes from 2011. The list includes bratwurst and vegan stew and lobster risotto and strudel — something for everyone. (You can find all of our recipes at stltoday.com/recipes. Click on “Post-Dispatch favorite recipes” in the courses category for last year’s favorites.)
Unrelated to today’s bird line and drawing, I’ve missed you, Tumblr friends! It’s good to be back.
70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor • Downtown workers gathered around a loudspeaker at Eighth and Olive streets, outside the federal Custom House (now the Old Post Office), to hear a live broadcast of President Franklin Roosevelt’s war speech to a joint session of Congress. The day before, Japan bombed a U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Congress quickly ratified the declaration of war, as seen on the front page of the Post-Dispatch on Dec. 8. (The government didn’t confirm the destruction of the USS Arizona for another week.) You can see me at the bottom of the page — there was no “bird line” phrase that day. (Post-Dispatch archives)
Photo finished? • Missouri transportation officials are looking into Uplands Park’s use of a mobile speed camera on a short stretch of Natural Bridge Road — a state highway where camera use is restricted. The use of photo enforcement on Missouri highways is supposed to be limited to school and construction zones, as well as certain highways considered prone to accidents.
Ho-ho-horrendous • When it comes to “ugly Christmas sweaters,” many resale shops around town have started to make exceptions. They know that no matter the condition, these items of questionable fashion won’t last long once they put them out on the racks. The sweaters, popular in the 1980s, have found a second life in recent years as part of an ironic fashion trend that pokes fun at the aesthetics of the garments.