Happy Birthday to a Friend

We met at a party 14 years ago, soon after I'd moved to Madison. You’ve always intrigued me, Jonathan Beck, with your combination of rockstar and businessman, your emotional intelligence, your flair for mystery, and a love of stories so great that you always seem to be in the middle of a drama that could only happen to you.

Over the last 14 years we’ve spent countless hours talking, usually over brunch or lunch or dinner. We’ve worked together. We’ve been on stage together. We’ve fought and argued and stopped speaking. We’ve understood and misunderstood each other a million times and through it all you’re one of my favorite human beings.

You’re topshelf, Jon. Here’s to you, to 41, to another 14 years of friendship. Happy birthday, dear friend.

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Bobbie Harte