Happy birthday, Randi!

By Phil Plait | August 7, 2011 7:00 am

Today is James Randi’s birthday, so happy birthday, O Amazing One!

It’s hard to believe that I’ve known that guy for over 8 years now. When I wrote my first book, my editor said we needed blurbs for the cover (the "This book cured my warts!" kind of thing), and we could use someone who was a big skeptic. Naturally I thought of Randi. I sent him a note, he agreed happily, and sent a great quote that immediately went on the back cover of the book. Shortly after that he invited me to talk at the very first Amaz!ng Meeting, and the rest is, as they say, history.

Randi is formidable, and as Carl Sagan said, "We may not always agree with Randi, but we ignore him at our peril." Sagan was a pretty smart guy.

Randi’s a pretty smart guy too, and does a lot of good for the world. Now, I’m not saying he’s 900 years old and wise, but the resemblance to Yoda can sometimes be uncanny…

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  1. Hippo Birdie Two Ewe!
    Hippo Birdie Two Ewe!
    Hippo Birdie Deer Randi!
    Hippo Birdie Two Ewe!

    And Men With Oars! ūüėÄ

  2. zyzzyva57

    Hap, Hap, Happy DOB Anniversary

  3. Ambidexter

    Happy natal day to you,
    Happy natal day to you,
    Happy day of birth, dear Randi,
    Happy natal day to you.

  4. Yea! Rock on, Randi.

  5. Bobby

    Many happy returns, Amazing Randi!

  6. I’ll repeat that gladly!
    Happy Birthday, Randi! And many, many more!

  7. Freerefill

    You say it’s your birthday
    It’s my birthday too, yeah!
    They say it’s your birthday
    We’re gonna have a good time!
    I’m glad it’s your birthday
    Happy birthday to you!

    Someone needs to photoshop the picture of Randi in front of the X-Wing to show it hovering in the air, then re-caption it to “Do, or do not. There is no try.”

  8. pati


  9. Steve

    Just curious, on what topic did James Randi and Carl Sagan disagree that would produce the quote above?

  10. Bob

    On this the anniversary of your birth,
    If you are the sort to celebrate such things
    then by all means do so with my hearty congratulations.
    If you are not the sort to celebrate this day then,
    good day to you.

  11. Scottynuke

    May we all celebrate this particular swath of Earth’s orbit around the sun for many more orbits!! :)

  12. Tim G

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  13. Happy Birthday Randi!

  14. Robin Byron

    Happy Birthday, Randi. And remember, you’re only 11.857142857 in dog-years. ūüėČ MHR!

  15. Mike

    I’m hoisting a brandi to Randi.

  16. Ross Cunniff

    Sadly, on Randi’s birthday, my own local newspaper parades its ignorance via a headline on an astronomy article:


    *Astrological* limits? Sheesh. The article itself is about the improvement in scientific instrumentation and the impact it has had on astronomy, and I’m sure the author is as horrified as the rest of us at the editorial license taken here.

  17. Julia Sullivan (a/k/a Sidhedevil)

    Happy birthday to Mr. Randi! And many, many happy returns of the day.

  18. Gary Ansorge

    15. Mike

    I’d be hoisting a brandy to Randi too except,,,I don’t know anyone named Brandi(Ba dum bum).

    I’d like to say I’m catching up to you, (68 next month) Randi, but every time I get to where you are,,,you’ve moved on. Hopefully, you’ll never stand still,,,

    7. Freerefill

    “X-Wing to show it hovering in the air, then re-caption it to ‚ÄúDo, or do not. There is no try.‚ÄĚ”

    It would be even funnier if the shot showed Randi hovering,,,

    Gary 7

  19. Jonathan Latimer

    Funnier yet if it showed Randi pointing out the wires hoisting the X-wing up…

  20. Grand Lunar

    Here’s to The Amazing Randi for completing yet another orbit of the sun with the rest of us on the Earth!

    Indeed, too many people in power ignore Randi’s wisdom at their peril.

  21. Happy birthday, Randi! And many hugs to you!

    @Steve: the item quoted is from the forward of James Randi’s book “The Faith Healers” (of which I own a signed copy… smirk…. ) ūüėÄ

  22. Keith Bowden

    Cheers, Mr. Randi!

  23. Steve

    What a genuinely nice person! I have enjoyed watching him on TV for years. And, getting to meet him briefly at TAM 9 – if my theist friends are right – I will have simply wonderful company in hell. Happy birthday!

  24. A very happy birthday for a champion of honesty and clear thinking!

  25. I saw him perform once many years ago, at a short-lived Northern Virginia restaurant called Foodini that I think he co-owned.

  26. Happy birthday Randi! :-)

    [Raising my beer and toasting his health.]

  27. Have to keep em honest! Randi has done a good job of it for a long time now, providing a lot of fun to boot for us all, excepting for the charlatans :)

    Happy birthday once again Jimmy — the great one! and many more.

  28. Doh! I am one day late… Sorry! Happy birthday, Randi! (I’m moving house, does that count as an excuse?)

  29. Joel

    Happy birthday to Randi!

    And I see you’re in SMBC again Phil. You might want to get those brain worms checked out.

  30. Frode Jenssen

    Happy birthday, Randi!!!! One of my all time biggest heroes, hands down. Please come back to London soon.
    I’ll be sure to have a beer in your honour after work!!

  31. sapo

    Happy Birthday from Spain, per molts anys….

  32. Ginnungagap42

    Happy birthday Randi!

  33. hugh cary oates

    in Star Wars 9, The skeptic from TAM:
    the, of Yoda, teacher will be revealed.

  34. Duy Nguyen

    Sir yes sir. I dedicate my workout today to you sir. Happy birthday sir. May your atoms be strong and bond :)


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