I second all the favorable comments made in the other reviews and am hard pressed to add additional information about Joe. Nine years ago Joe came to our home for my son's third birthday and it was wonderful. We always keep an eye out for him at public events, farmers' markets, etc. His balloons, music making, and free-flowing prose are reliably entertaining. I am further struck by Joe's generosity, joy and sensitivity to the needs of his audience. Joe was part of Dine Out to Wipe Out Cancer at Laurelwood two days ago. My son who had played with Joe at his 3rd birthday party is still smiling as a twelve year old in the presence of the Amazing Joe. - Judy's Book - Guest Reviewer
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|Nov 27th, 2006|
Indy Visit 2006: The Wrap-Up!
We recently went to Joe's hometown of Indianapolis to visit with a bunch of his family & friends, and of course - we brought our camera along to help document the journey.
Click on the above photo to view this gallery; once inside the gallery,
click on the thumbnails to see the enlarged view of each picture!
|Nov 25th, 2006|
Coming Soon -- Indy Visit 2006: The Wrap-Up!
Stay tuned to this area for the posting of a photo gallery
dedicated to Joe's recent visit to his motherland!!
(We had a great visit, and we made it back safely - with all of our luggage, too!
Can you believe it? More on this Indy visit wrap-up to come!!)
|Nov 11th, 2006|
More Found Art: Michael Orwick Painting!
Years ago, when Joe was entertaining folks over at Old Chicago pizza, he met then artist-in-hiding Michael Orwick - who instantly impressed Joe with his amazing ability to draw life-like sketches in no time flat.
So Joe did what he knew he had to do: he commissioned Mr. Orwick to paint a masterpiece! The idea was to capture that moment after a kid gets their balloon out on a nice day, and they realize that when the sun passes through the balloon it casts a shadow on the ground that's in color - very much like stained glass. People can get lost briefly in this magical moment of recognition, and that's what the painting was to capture.
We think Michael did an excellent job! Joe bequeathed the painting to his step daughter, and it hangs proudly in her room to this very day!
Michael Orwick has since come out of hiding and is now a full time artist. We have added his name to Joe's links page and highly recommend his services! Thanks again, Michael!
|Nov 10th, 2006|
Found: First Portland Business Card
Those of you who go back with Joe to his Oregon beginnings - now over ten years ago - may remember this business card:
This awesome design was hand-drawn by then Junior in high school, Ben, whose full name eludes me. He really captured the spirit of twisting like few people can or ever have, in my opinion.
Another great thing about this business card is that it goes back to a time when I used to wear a full tuxedo to work - a carryover from my days at the magic shop in Indianapolis! A true classic!
Anyone with information on artist Ben should
send it in - we'd love to put him on our artist referral pages!
|Nov 8th, 2006|
New Ad Idea
I've been working
on a small
I might use
for an ad
how do you like it?
Update: This ad is now in play at www.bigmouthkid.com - check it out!
|Nov 7th, 2006|
just a friendly reminder
to get out there and
|Nov 1st, 2006|
Clam Chowder Taste-Off Winner Announced!
Congrats go out to the New Old Lompoc for winning this year's People's Choice Award for best clam chowder at Chowdah Challenge '06!
Joe personally tasted all the different offerings and cast a vote himself -- what great fun!
If you like clam chowder, we highly recommend that you come to this event next year and sample the goods. It was quite heavenly, really!
And, even if you're a vegan there's good reason to check out this affair: the money goes to charity! We raised over $2,000 for Leukemia research this year!
Click here to see the official results of the Chowdah Challenge!
Thanks again you guys, and congrats!