Monday, November 29, 2010

Andy On The Eve Of St. Andrew's Day

With his beloved Winston Churchill, Kathy's and my St. John's friend Andy Guilford this afternoon at a surprise birthday party in his honor at the Ronald Reagan federal courthouse in Santa Ana. Andy was 60 yesterday; Sir Winston would've been 136 tomorrow (the feast of St. Andrew, as it happens). Preserving the element of s. required careful coordination among Andy's wife, Loreen; his assistant, Pam; his courtroom clerks; the Very Rev. Canon Peter Haynes, who distracted him over lunch as arrangements were finalized; and a fellow federal judge who summoned him to an emergency meeting in a third-floor conference room that was brimming with well-wishers.

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