Today is my birthday. I'm not telling you that to get you to comment, "Happy Birthday, Bill." I have an entirely different idea in mind.
Gaido's is, by far, the most famous seafood restaurant on the Texas Coast, and it is on Galveston's seawall in my hometown.
I've not physically lived in Galveston for ten years, but my heart remains there and it always will. And most of the people who knew me in Galveston refuse to believe that Patty and I have really permanently moved to Dallas.
They think it's nothing more than a vacation that has gotten out of hand. After all, from childhood forward, I've been known as being pleasantly eccentric.
So today, Gaido's wished me a Happy Birthday on their marquee, just as though I would drive by, see it in person, and be surprised.
That kind of stuff isn't particularly unusual in towns the size of Galveston, but it's a behavior that those who live in cities the size of Dallas would never understand.
Gaido's began the year my mother was born, 1911, and it has continued to be owned and operated by the Gaido family for all of that time.
I grew up with the second generation's Gaido children, and my mom and dad were friends of their mom and dad, Mike and Kewpie.
Galvestonians celebrated and continue to celebrate, important family occasions like birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and family members and friends who live elsewhere but are there for a visit.
My sister, Debra Weaver, got together with the Gaidos and made believe I would be celebrating my 75th birthday with them in the usual place, Gaido's Pelican Club.
The sign would be the surprise as we drove up. It points out that today, Bill Cherry is special.
If big towns do stuff like this, the magnitude of the audience is so great, few really "see" it, and relatively no one remembers it.
Finally, here's a piece I did for News-24 Houston a few years ago. It's an interesting story. GAIDO'S
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