Saturday, May 14, 2011

Getting off on the right foot

The oldest granddaughter decided that coloring while holding crayons in the conventional manner was boring, so ...
Oh, to have the flexibility of a 4½-year-old!

Byrne roast: Well done

Dubuque Museum of Art's promotional photo

A good time was had by all -- even the roastees -- Friday night when the Dubuque Museum of Art hosted a roast of Bob and Cindy Byrne.

Bob, a writer whose column appears in the TH monthly, and Cindy, a painter, not only heard their character besmirched and their foibles highlighted by their friends, they had a shot at each other.

Roasters included William Intriligator, symphony director; Rebecca Christian, an editor and writer whose also writes for the TH; Mary Ann Knefel, representing the Book Club from Hell, of which Cindy is a member; and Dick Locher, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist, who has known Bob for 75 years. Paul Hemmer served as emcee.

Looking over the 160 or so people assembled in the banquet hall of the Hotel Julien Dubuque, Bob quipped, "I had no idea we had so many enemies."