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Date this web site was last edited:  11/01/2016







"Palmer's 75th Surprise Birthday Pickin' Party"


My my wonderful "gang" of guitar pickers and music lovers.  It was especially nice to have three of my charter OFGC members from 18 years ago in attendance: Chris Vickers, Dave Sullivan, and the very accomplished Bob Cox. 
What a beautiful birthday cake.  (Now, WHO rearranged those candles??? )
This is me opening the many gifts I received from the "gang."
I was given this awesome collage of all my guitar friends. Well, a bunch of them.
Special picture of me, Loren & Mark, and my best bud, Chaz Mechenbier.
Hey, you can never have enough guitars!  (Look at the "colorful" stick on nails to use on my gigs...)
I just loved seeing that picture of me with Mark/Loren & Chaz.
I REALLY liked it!
This is Chaz explaining to me that he really was the best picker in the picture. 
I think we BOTH liked that picture.  (I am going on and on about it, aren't I.)
I got a real nice picture of the pickers from a previous Pickin Party.  Left to right: Jerry Hyland, Jim Lafferty, Rex Dickens, Tom Mathys, Dave Duncan, Jim Shiporski, me, Harley McCabe, Jackie Lamuth, Dave Martin.
A very heartfelt book of comments from everybody.
My "lady", Julie Breeding, put a lot of time and effort into the making of that book - and, getting it all around the room for signatures - all without me knowing about it!

(Tommy Emmanuel's "Eulogy" for Palmer  )

A special friend - oh, and our reigning OFGC guitar hero!

An awesome picture/video collage of birthday greetings from folks in Palmer's musical life (ex wives didn't seem to want to participate. )  Very special treats were clips from Loren & Mark, Adam Rafferty, & Shohei Toyoda.

(see video)



A huge thanks to everybody for surprising me with this wonderful 75th birthday party.  A special thanks to Rob and Cindy Gardner for putting a lot of leg work into the event, and to my lovely "lady", Julie Breeding, and my children for their love and efforts.