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March 11, 2010 | Happy Birthday Jethro!

Everytime March 10th rolls around, we are compelled to pay homage to the great mandolin legend and personal hero, and especially this year for what would have been Jethro Burns' 90th birthday. We came across a terrific article by writer, K.F. Raizor repeated in her Raizor's Edge blog "Hey, Dude!"

HJ.jpgFrom the column: "On another occasion Burns fenced with his longtime partner at 35,000 feet. While returning from one of Homer and Jethro's engagements in Las Vegas Jethro was called to the cockpit of the plane. When he arrived he found the captain waiting for him. The captain informed Jethro he needed to be searched, and Burns consented. After he was patted down and his personal effects returned to him, the pilot apologized, 'I'm sorry, but we had it on good authority that you were smuggling drugs.'

'No problem.'

As Jethro started back for his seat the first thing he saw as he passed through the curtain was Homer, in his seat, doubled over in laughter. As Jethro neared Homer's seat Haynes asked innocently, 'Anything wrong?'

'Nothing,' Jethro replied. 'The captain wanted my autograph, that's all.'"

Happy Birthday, Jethro. You brought the world such joy, and we're reminded of this through your recordings and YouTube video libraries.

Read Article: "Hey, Dude!" (Be sure to listen to audio link at the bottom of the page.)
Previous JM birthday acknowledgements:

Posted by Ted at March 11, 2010 5:45 AM

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