John Francis 75.

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John Francis 75.

Post by parsifal » Wed Apr 06, 2016 1:41 am

Today John Francis turns 75. The warmest congratulations from somebody who has the great privilege to have him as a personal friend since the middle of the 1960-ies. Go on dear friend, the first 75 are the trickiest, then it turns easier!
Your wit and knowledge are a blessing for all the members of CMG.

Have a great day!

Your friend

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Re: John Francis 75.

Post by lennygoran » Wed Apr 06, 2016 6:15 am

John I can't believe you're 75-not the way you move around! Enjoy! Regards, Len and Sue :D :D :D

PS-wish I was in the NYC area today-I'd definitely buy you another ale! :lol:

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Re: John Francis 75.

Post by Donald Isler » Wed Apr 06, 2016 8:42 am

Happy Birthday, and many more, to John!
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Re: John Francis 75.

Post by THEHORN » Wed Apr 06, 2016 10:22 am

Happy birthday , John !

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Re: John Francis 75.

Post by maestrob » Wed Apr 06, 2016 11:00 am

Many happy returns of the day!

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Re: John Francis 75.

Post by Lance » Wed Apr 06, 2016 11:58 am

John ... cannot believe it! 75!
You are just a year older than moi! Besides, it is only a number. In any event, I hope you have a most memorable birthday.
It is a distinct pleasure to have you amongst us for all these years. Thank you for being here.
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Re: John Francis 75.

Post by Beckmesser » Wed Apr 06, 2016 2:00 pm

Happy Birthday, John.

I hope we will be treated to many more years of your knowledgeable and thoughtful commentary.

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Re: John Francis 75.

Post by jbuck919 » Wed Apr 06, 2016 2:53 pm

What can I say? With all due respect to every one of our valued posters, there are a special few whose loss would immeasurably diminish the board. I don't know what brought John to us, but it is a Providence to be thanked. He has been not only a friend but for me a teacher as well. Happy birthday.

There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
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Re: John Francis 75.

Post by Wallingford » Wed Apr 06, 2016 4:32 pm

Amen to what JB said. Hope it's a super one. :D
If I could tell my mom and dad
That the things we never had
Never mattered we were always ok
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Re: John Francis 75.

Post by Ted Quanrud » Wed Apr 06, 2016 5:58 pm

I hope your 75th birthday is a truly happy one, John Francis, and that you will have many more to come.
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Re: John Francis 75.

Post by Allen » Wed Apr 06, 2016 7:09 pm

I, too, have benefited immensely from John's posts.

John - Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us. Happy birthday, and may all your wishes come true.

Lance - Thanks for providing this forum so that I can learn from wonderful posters like John.

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Re: John Francis 75.

Post by Chalkperson » Wed Apr 06, 2016 10:29 pm

jbuck919 wrote:What can I say? With all due respect to every one of our valued posters, there are a special few whose loss would immeasurably diminish the board. I don't know what brought John to us, but it is a Providence to be thanked. He has been not only a friend but for me a teacher as well. Happy birthday.
Could not put it better, have the happiest of birthdays, John.
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Re: John Francis 75.

Post by John F » Wed Apr 06, 2016 11:19 pm

Thank you all for your good wishes - it's truly heartwarming. Replying to jbuck919, what brought me here nine years and 16,000 posts ago was all of you as well as others who are no longer with us - the subjects you were talking about and what you had to say. And that's what still keeps me here cluttering up the board, :) that and the new friendships I wouldn't have if not for Classical Music Guide. Long may CMG continue and go from strength to strength.
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Re: John Francis 75.

Post by Ricordanza » Thu Apr 07, 2016 6:37 am

Belated birthday wishes, John, and thanks for your outstanding contributions to CMG.

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Re: John Francis 75.

Post by arepo » Thu Apr 07, 2016 9:21 am

John Francis..

Congratulations and good wishes to one of the pillars of this forum. I always appreciate your many contributions and hope you stick around this place for many years to come.

I stiil have you by ten years and I wish you good health as I've had as we age gracefully. :lol:

All the best.

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Re: John Francis 75.

Post by Heck148 » Thu Apr 07, 2016 9:36 am

parsifal wrote:Today John Francis turns 75.
Happy Birthday, John, and many more!!

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Re: John Francis 75.

Post by John F » Thu Apr 07, 2016 10:06 am

arepo wrote:I stiil have you by ten years
I'd never have guessed! Your prose doesn't show it. :)
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Re: John Francis 75.

Post by diegobueno » Thu Apr 07, 2016 11:29 am

Just for you, John. If you survived 3 quarter-centuries, I dare say you'll survive this:


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Re: John Francis 75.

Post by John F » Thu Apr 07, 2016 4:47 pm

:D
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Re: John Francis 75.

Post by IcedNote » Thu Apr 07, 2016 5:01 pm

Have a great one, JF! May music continue to reward you...and may CMGers continue nitpicking and being unruly. :D

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Re: John Francis 75.

Post by jbuck919 » Thu Apr 07, 2016 5:41 pm

John F wrote:
arepo wrote:I stiil have you by ten years
I'd never have guessed! Your prose doesn't show it. :)
Oh, Harris is very senior in every respect. I had the privilege of meeting him at the big meet-up in 2009. He is also an extraordinarily handsome man who at that time anyway had not lost his looks with age. (Not implying any comparison but only intending a compliment to him.)

There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
-- Johann Sebastian Bach

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Re: John Francis 75.

Post by lennygoran » Thu Apr 07, 2016 6:44 pm

jbuck919 wrote:I had the privilege of meeting him at the big meet-up in 2009. He is also an extraordinarily handsome man who at that time anyway had not lost his looks with age.
Wait a second-that's the one Sue and I were at-I have those photos-got him with Lance and one Larry Rinkel--took a look and you're right-very handsome!

Regards, Len :D

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Re: John Francis 75.

Post by stenka razin » Fri Apr 08, 2016 5:40 am

Happy Birthday, John. I wish you many more, my friend. :D


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Re: John Francis 75.

Post by arepo » Fri Apr 08, 2016 1:20 pm

My goodness, I'm blushing. :P

Wish we could be at the meeting. Would love to see you all again but since we sold our apt. in NY, only get to the city on a few visits. Luckily, we do get to see Brian and Teresa a few times a year.

Have a wonderful time, everyone.

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Re: John Francis 75.

Post by karlhenning » Fri Apr 08, 2016 2:14 pm

Happy belated birthday, John!

Cheersissimo,
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Re: John Francis 75.

Post by maestrob » Sat Apr 09, 2016 12:30 pm

arepo wrote:My goodness, I'm blushing. :P

Wish we could be at the meeting. Would love to see you all again but since we sold our apt. in NY, only get to the city on a few visits. Luckily, we do get to see Brian and Teresa a few times a year.

Have a wonderful time, everyone.

cliftwood
You will be missed, good friend. Your piano expertise would certainly add to our conversation, should you change your mind, not to mention the deep opera knowledge of your blushing bride! :D

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Re: John Francis 75.

Post by barney » Sat Apr 09, 2016 11:00 pm

Hearty congratulations, John.
An achievement in its own right, regardless of the other triumphs to come!
best, Barney

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