Happy Birthday Nate

Today Nate is 22. His 21st year was filled with milestones: college graduation, Manhattan art show, beginnings of Alpha Folks business. You’ve read about it on Mission of Complex.

So today is one to celebrate and we plan on it and in Nate’s own unique style. When he was little, Nate would pick a themed menu for his special day. One time it was McDonald’s for breakfast, Wendy’s for lunch and Burger King for dinner. Another time it was Walker Bros. for breakfast, Denny’s for lunch and IHOP for dinner. Walker Bros is a Chicagoland pancake institution. Fabulous. IHOP was the most unsatisfying meal of my life, and by far the stickiest.

Today he’s already had McDonald’s for breakfast and plans on a Pizza Hut buffet for lunch. Tonight we’ll have a fine dinner at Bocca, a fine addition to Cooperstown’s restaurant scene. But before Bocca Nate will get his gifts, taken from a list he handed over. There’s no ceremony there. We give them to him, unwrapped, and he files the various DVDs and video games away.

Then, we cap off the calorie fest with a cookie dough cake from Cold Stone Creamery. Karen makes the best cakes, but Nate is a product of our corporate world. Remember, this is the guy who draws strip malls (and sells them). So it’s a store-bought cake for him.

Happy Birthday Nate! You are the one who makes the Katz family what it is.

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About Jeff Katz

Jeff Katz is Mayor of Cooperstown, the “Birthplace of Baseball” and home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. His latest book, Split Season:1981 - Fernandomania, the Bronx Zoo, and the Strike that Saved Baseball, (Thomas Dunne Books, 2015), received national attention, with coverage appearing in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Sporting News and NPR’s Only a Game, among others. Katz appeared on ESPN’s Olbermann and The Sporting Life with Jeremy Schaap and MLB Network’s MLB Now, with Brian Kenny. Split Season: 1981 was a finalist for the 2016 Casey Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year.
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