Joe, thank you so much for another wonderful year. Your balloon art is always such a hit. I could see the joy on kidsí faces (adults, too) when they saw your balloon art take form. Iím so glad your travel plans worked out to include Vancouver Tree Lighting in your weekend. We truly benefitted from your involvement. And I so appreciate your willingness to stay late and finish the line. - First Independent Bank - - T. Olund
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|Dec 23rd, 2006|
New Family Pics up in Gallery!
We just got back in town from a
family winter trip to Bend, Oregon,
where we got to experience
all sorts of fun and tasty offerings.
So much fun! Of course,
we brought the camera and have
added a couple of these silly pics
to our family gallery.
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|Dec 22nd, 2006|
Couple of great new Joe/Clark pics up in the gallery!
A very special thanks go out to Sean M. for taking these most excellent Joe/Clark photos during a recent Breakfast with Santa outing at The Kennedy School!!
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|Dec 5th, 2006|
It's Official: 20 years of balloon twisting!
It's really true - Joe blew up his first balloon in December of 1986,|
back when he was working at the Magic Shop at Union Station...
(Cue the reminiscing music) I can remember it just like it was yesterday - but first, a touch of background. You see, the Magic Shop was located in a very magical place, too. Union Station in Indianapolis - a train station built in the 1880's - used to be the major transportation hub of the Midwest back in the day. With its distinctive Romanesque revival architecture' Union Station will always be one of Indy's coolest places to visit - no matter what its current incarnation. Click here for a truly thorough history of Union Station.
When they refurbished & reopened the Union Station in 1986, they did the place up 'festival marketplace' style, complete with live cabaret performances daily, roving jugglers, magicians, clowns and balloons artists - in addition to shops, hotels, restaurants and nightclubs! Needless to say, in it's heyday, this was the place to be in Indianapolis.
The Magic Shop was a really cool place to work: we all wore full tuxedos, and we sold everything from the cut-the-lady-in-half stage effect to woopie cushions - and everything in between, including juggling equipment and balloon making supplies. Thus the stage was set!
So with an instruction booklet, a bag of balloons (both items purchased from the Magic Shop with my employee discount!) and a serious desire to learn, I sat out on the bench across from the store during my lunch break and pretty much forced myself to blow up some balloons! In hindsight, forcing oneself to blow up balloons was probably not such a great idea, but as it turns out did get the job done.
Oh, heck - I'll just organize my thoughts and write a book about it some day!
Here's to another 20 good years! Thanks for your support!