Gallery 30: Grandpa's 84th Birthday!

Candles! That's my grandfather, Russell Thomas, on the occasion of his 84th birthday.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is RUSSELL-MANIA ... !

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Mom tries to wrestle away Grandpa's birthday gift, but is quickly overpowered by the wily veteran.

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Grandpa emerges victorious, earning the most coveted prize in our game: the white ceramic cookie jar!

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In a bizarre move intended to maximize candle-blowing photo opportunities, Grandpa's 84 candles were actually dispersed evenly among six cakes.   Each cake, with its 14 candles, would move past Grandpa via conveyor belt, stopping momentarily to give him the opportunity to blow and to have his picture taken.  Grandpa agreed to take part in the ridiculous scheme only after being told that it would be "really good exercise."

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As if six birthday cakes weren't enough, Dad snacks on a few Tootsie Rolls.

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Here's your host alongside Grandpa, and in another picture with Grandma.  Note that the shirt is a billboard for Tabasco brand pepper sauce — my desperate attempt to get all of the ladies talking about how I look "hot".

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