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Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Friday, February 29, 2008 - 01:17 am:

So we come to the end of a full decade of the Pasty Cam. We find there were only 2 previous "Leap Days" in the archives. In 2000 we had a memorial sunset by Jonathan Hopper - the original Pasty Camist - then in 2004 on the sunrise side of the Keweenaw, Bill Haller captured the solitude of the morning.

Both of these men have a hand in Pasty Central in other ways. Of course, Jonathan keeps everything operating, as he is our Systems Administrator at Pasty.NET, a very capable graduate of Michigan Tech, a creative problem solver, and (in case you hadn't made the connection) my son. Bill Haller and his lovely wife Eloise (Mrs. Bill) watch that sunrise from their home at Bete Gris, and Bill has become our resident historian, providing much of the background for the new "Pasty Cameo" features we introduced this month. Bill's book "Atlas Powder" is also the featured book-of-the month on our pasty order page as well.

It has taken a lot of teamwork over the years to make this daily feature happen. Some of that team are no longer with us, like Keven Musser - also an avid student of history - who passed away last year, and Dan Urbanski - gone several years now - who left a wonderful historic trail of visual beauty on these pages.

A list of everyone who has had a part in growing this online repository of the U.P. would include hundreds of names - many of which you can see in the Guest Gallery. Also, many who have never sent a single photo have painted word pictures on thousands of pages in this museum of Recycled Internet.

To each and every one who have had a part in helping us complete 10 years: THANK YOU

By Steve Haagen (Radsrh) on Friday, February 29, 2008 - 01:29 am:

Good night all
First Post

By Steve Haagen (Radsrh) on Friday, February 29, 2008 - 01:30 am:

May I also be the first to say Happy Birthday pasty net!! many many more to come!!
First Post

By Art (Transplant1977) on Friday, February 29, 2008 - 04:19 am:

May I also be the second. Happy Birthday!!!

By Kathy P. (Katiaire) on Friday, February 29, 2008 - 04:29 am:

And I will be the third to wish a Happy Birthday greeting and I thank all who have made this a wonderful part of our lives.

By Theresa R. Brunk (Trb0013) on Friday, February 29, 2008 - 06:02 am:

Fourth Here! Happy Birthday and a Big thanks for all the work that went into those Ten Years.

By Crystal Brabbs (Moosesarecool) on Friday, February 29, 2008 - 06:12 am:

Happy birthday today!! off to school.

By Cindy Barth (Shekinah) on Friday, February 29, 2008 - 06:28 am:

Thank you ALL for the pictures and comments!
Living in New Zealand, I really enjoy the pictures, videos, and comments about the Copper Country area I grew up in. Many thanks!

By Janet Boatman (Janetnwohio) on Friday, February 29, 2008 - 06:47 am:

Happy Birthday and thank you!!

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Friday, February 29, 2008 - 07:07 am:

Good Morning, Everyone! Happy Anniversary,! Congratulations on the first decade of this wonderful gathering site for all who love and are interested in Michigan's U.P.! Thank you, Charlie, Mary, Jon, Mr. Bill, and all of you who have done so much for us to make this web site such a success over the years! I wish many, many more very successful decades!

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Friday, February 29, 2008 - 07:29 am:

Good morning and Happy Birthday. Also thanks for the beautiful pictures this morning and every morning!

By RD, Iowa (Rdiowa) on Friday, February 29, 2008 - 07:38 am:

Let me add my congratulations for not missing a day in 10 years -

- but let me pose a question about your "Day in History" that REALLY has me puzzled:

Your narrative mentions the year of Henry Hobart's February 29 journal entry as 1863. I also have "Copper Country Journal" by Philip P. Mason, so I got it out and looked it up. On page 92 it does in fact list the entry as February 29, 1863.

What?!? I've always heard that Leap Years are years evenly divisible by 4, which would make 1864 a leap year, not 1863. Yet, when you Google "February 29, 1863" you get hundreds of events on that date. Do the same for 1864 and you get thousands. Do the same for 1865 and you get hundreds again!! Were there three leap years in a row?

By maija in Commerce Township (Maija) on Friday, February 29, 2008 - 07:51 am:

congratulations Pasty, and heartfelt thanks to all involved.

Absolutely beautiful pictures today. I love winter!!

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura (Marsha) on Friday, February 29, 2008 - 08:13 am:

Congrats to our Pasty Cam moderators and to all of us for making it fun and interesting every day! What beautiful pictures! Sometimes I look out my cottage window in the evening thinking there'll be no beautiful sunset that night, because it is too cloudy. Usually I'm surprised by the sun peeking through the clouds shooting diamonds across the water to us.

By Dunerat (Dunerat) on Friday, February 29, 2008 - 08:20 am:

Congratulations on ten fantastic years, Pasty Cam! Thank you for
all that is simple and good and enduring!

By Scott D. (Pooch) on Friday, February 29, 2008 - 09:02 am:

Congratulations Charlie, Mary, and the entire crew that is responsible for maintaining this great venue. It provides all of us transplanted Yoopers (and Yooper wannabes) with a wonderful way of maintaining our U.P. connection. Thanks again and lets go for another great 10 years!

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Friday, February 29, 2008 - 10:31 am:

Happy Leap Day/Year to All! March is suppose to come into Eastern Iowa as a "lamb".

By Ozzie W. (10330) on Friday, February 29, 2008 - 10:45 am:

Congratulations on the 10th anniversary of this great site and to all who have made it possible.Beautiful photos always on the memorial page.

By Cindy Pihlaja Russell (Gone2long) on Friday, February 29, 2008 - 10:56 am:

Janie -- I thought it was "In like a Lion, out like a Lamb."

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Friday, February 29, 2008 - 11:04 am:

Janie, when March comes in like a lamb isn't that the north central version of Groundhogs Day? 6 more weeks of Winter?
Mr. Deb

By Marylyn Hoffman (Marylyn) on Friday, February 29, 2008 - 12:01 pm:

Happy Anniversary/Birthday to One and All responsible for 10 wonderful years of information and pleasure. I'm one of the silent ones who only discovered you within the last few years. I'm still enjoying going back over the years in the hope I will recognize someone or thing as a former resident of the Keweenaw. I hope to return soon, if I can ever sell my house in the lower and return to my home there.

By Diane Miller Wallace (Sage) on Friday, February 29, 2008 - 12:20 pm:

Leap Day is a positive omen for me. After a week of struggling, I finally got Part 2 of Nuggets of a Native published. It was originally declined because I stated I had published a portion of it at the Brockway Inn Bear Page, even though I still own the rights.

So I tried again and got it done today. So, you guessed it, this one is about the Copper Harbor Bears and my "bear picnic." It contains 2 pictures from the archives, thank you Charlie.

Here is the link, and thank you for your support:
Black Bears in Copper Harbor

By Erica - Florida Keys (Erica) on Friday, February 29, 2008 - 01:32 pm:

Pasty Cam 10 wonderful years! I can't tell you how much this site means to me and,I am sure,to many others. Thank you all for a really superb site.

By Betty Paull Colborn,AZ (Betty) on Friday, February 29, 2008 - 02:51 pm:

Charlie I want to thank you for 10 great years of your great work on here. I have been checking it every night for all that time. THANK YOU ONE AND ALL THAT DO THIS FOR OUR ENJOYMENT.

By Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Friday, February 29, 2008 - 02:57 pm:

Thanks, Betty, and in answer to RD's earlier question about Leap Day... There are numerous examples of invalid days which show up when you do a Google Search. For example, try googling "February 30, 1970" and you'll several events and people claiming to be born on that day.

When you do any search, be sure to go the second page of the results, and you'll see a more accurate count of how many occurrences were really found. After a very close look at the search results for googling 1862, 1863, and 1864, it appears that in fact 1864 was Leap Year. Why did Henry Hobart add an extra day in '63? Maybe he was so wrapped up in the spelling bee that it slipped his mind. Or maybe sometimes part of the country just got out of sync back then, sort of like with Daylight Savings Time. But THAT's another story.

By the way, I did find a rendition of "John Brown's Body" with the words, courtesy of the National Archives on this 1903 cylinder recording

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Friday, February 29, 2008 - 03:02 pm:

If anyone has the 2007 Trout Unlimited calender, February has 31 days for that year.

By theresa (Up4evr) on Friday, February 29, 2008 - 03:35 pm:

I want to wish my Hubby and his twin brother who have a birthday today. Also that they are in Florida with their sister. Prabably on the beach right now. LUCKY!)

By Ray & Chris (Ray) on Friday, February 29, 2008 - 08:35 pm:

Charlie, the first ten were pretty terrific. I can't wait to see what the next ten years will bring. Guess we'll just have to wait and see, as the record of each day unfolds on recycled internet. Thanks to you and all who've been a part of this special daily visit to a special place.

By John W (Jwahtola) on Friday, February 29, 2008 - 09:07 pm:

Happy Birthday Pasty Cam and What's Up! We are sure looking forward to many more years. Mr and Mrs Wahtola from Hillsdale County.

By Crystal Brabbs (Moosesarecool) on Saturday, March 1, 2008 - 02:34 am:

i just wanted to say happy 1st of march(my birthday month!)So seriously, what is not to love about the U.P.?(except the winters are kinda frigid!)Dut today i realized what a yooper i am because frankly, im better at drawing than any other thing but i made my very first home-made pasty!(actually 8 of them!)But i was proud of myself becasue im only twelve and unless your a cullinary chef, you morethanlikely burnt every thing at 12. BUT THEY WERNT BURNT!!!Wow!That rhymed and everything!OK i gotta go to bed.

By Cheryl Rozman (Cotton) on Saturday, March 1, 2008 - 03:03 am:

Happy Anniversary to all of the gang at Pasty.
See what Yoopers can do when they put their heads together!!!! You're world known & well loved for all of the effects & accomplishments you're made making this great site for all of the world to enjoy. You have put the UP of Michigan on the world's map. It takes people to make the world go round & it also takes people & love for the UP to make go round. And you're doing it CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Monday, March 3, 2008 - 08:16 pm:

Happy Birthday, Pasty Cam! I'm home from looking after my
husband's mom and dad in Lower Michigan the past few days. My
husband read me Pasty Cam entries over the phone while I was at
St. Joe's in Ypsilanti. My in-laws do NOT have a computer, so I had
to leave home without it (PastyCam). I'm just catching UP on the
past few days.

I drove back to Toronto at 4:30 this morning. The kids in my class
asked how everything was in Michigan. When they ask, they always
put their hands up in the shape of Michigan. Well trained, hey?

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 07:11 pm:

Beautiful pictures. Thanks 4 sharing.

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 08:45 pm:

Here's a bit of trivial information: Since the start of the Gregorian Calendar in 1582, Ash Wednesday has not occurred on February 29, and is not scheduled to do so until 2096!

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