Almost belated birthday wishes to Willis Eschenbach

Birthday ?? to Mr. W

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So much has been going on this week, and today especially,  that I almost forgot that Willis Eschenbach has a very special birthday today.

Since Willis contributes a great deal here, I want to give him my thanks and well wishes, and hope that you will also.

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142 thoughts on “Almost belated birthday wishes to Willis Eschenbach

  1. Happy Birthday Willis-san!!
    I really enjoy your thought provoking, well researched and humorous posts.
    You really add a great deal to WUWT and look forward to your continued participation and insights.
    All the best!

  2. Happy Birthday, Willis! Although you haven’t reached my advanced state of decrepitude, I believe you may now qualify for membership the “Brotherhood of Grabby Old Farts”. Judging from some of your works, I believe the Brotherhood will hold you in the highest esteem. You certainly have my vote.

  3. Are you SURE it’s Willis’s birthday. Has anyone else confirmed that the calculations are accurate? Has the data been peer reviewed? !!!
    Many happy returns to W and thanks for the great postings.

  4. Happy Birthday, Willis. What a life you are living, and thank you for sharing some of your experiences.

  5. Have you seen the birth certificate? Does the .pdf have multiple layers?
    Well, provisionally, until the models say otherwise, Happy B-day, Willis!

  6. Dear Mr. Eschenbach,

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    Please enjoy this ASCII birthday cake.
    (Took me hours to decorate, not that it matters.)
    Now get up close to the monitor and blow out the candles…!

  7. Willis. Very best wishes from all of us. I have just had a big one ending in 0 and am now much wiser – not! Stu

  8. Cholesterol test. Colonoscopy. PSA. Blood pressure cuff. Hope you got all of these and more for your birthday 🙂
    Stick around and do more of what you do so well!

  9. Happy Birthday, Willis ! 🙂
    This verse is normally reserved for birthdays of ‘young’ friends :
    “As you slide down the banister life
    here’s wishing that all the splinters
    are pointing in the right direction.”
    I enjoy your articles immensely for the thought provoking yet easy communication style for us non-scientists business types. :clap:

  10. Don’t let the muggles distract you Willis, find something new and interesting to tell us about.
    For my birthday my wife bought me socks. I bought myself a 9kW plastic injection moulder, make sure you get enough toys.

  11. Now let’s all sing:
    Happy birthday to you,
    Happy birthday to you,
    Happy birthday, dear Wiiiiliiis,
    Happy birthday to you.
    Hip, hip, hooray!
    Hip, hip, hooray!
    Hip, hip, hooraaay!

  12. Oh, man, now I’m all embarrassed … it’s true, I’m 65 today. I appreciate all of your kind words. It is my great privilege to be a guest poster here, and to be a part of the immense and surprising success story of WUWT.
    WUWT is a curious creature, with lots of heads and lots of hands. It is a success in part because of the quality and strength of Anthony and the guest posters here, and partly because of the quality and strength of those who comment and lurk here.
    As a result, it is far and away the best known of all the climate blogs, and is required reading for anyone with a serious interest in the subject. And despite that, it is a shoestring operation put together, authored, and moderated by volunteers like myself … an amazing David and Goliath story because we are up against people with serious bucks to throw at climate alarmism, and yet, WUWT is winning the battle for honest, transparent science .
    It is my belief that we are winning because we DO allow and encourage scientific comments and questions, because we DO present and discuss a host of different scientific issues and viewpoints, because we DO provide data, citations, and code to back up our claims, and because we DO acknowledge our scientific errors and misunderstandings as they are pointed out to us.
    Of course, in a way we have the easier task, because we are up against zealots. The thing about zealots is that they’re no fun, even when they’re right, and especially when they’re not right. Here at WUWT, we’re able to laugh, both at the follies of our scientific opponents, and at our own foolishness in turn. We put the fun back into functional.
    So in short … my thanks to Anthony, to the guest posters, and to all of you contributors (particularly those I’ve disagreed with) for each of your contributions to WUWT, to the scientific discussion, and to my life. It’s been a great run to date, nothing left to do but laissez les bons temps roulez …
    w.

  13. Many happy returns Willis. I thoroughly enjoy reading your posts and I think your hitch-hiking story is my all time favourite, fabulous read.
    Just do a bit of data manipulation and you could shave a few years off.
    Enjoy your day and have a drink on me.
    Rebecca AKA Auntyfreeze

  14. Now that your birthday is over and the hangover has settled, I have a topic following from your atricle showing a cap on tropical SSTs. You got so many responses to that series that I’m jealous, even though I’m older by just on 5 years and have a higher QI. sherro1 at optusnet dot com dot au and that’s NOT Austria.

  15. Belatedly, from the UK, congratulations on celebrating the 44th anniversary of your 21st birthday, Willis. The thing is that in the decade that was the ’60s we lost our memories; in the age that is our 60s, we found our wisdom.

  16. Happy Birthday Willis !
    65 ! and still alive !
    I wonder if 65 is the ‘new 50’ ?
    I range from 19 to 25, ‘in-head’ so to speak. the body tells me otherwise.
    I do like the idea, “you’re only as old as the last person you touched.” maybe that’s the pagan in me.
    You’re touching me (57) who touched 12 ,23, 48, 57, 65 yr olds (happy birthday Willis) today.
    65 is such a nice age – maybe you could take a pic for us ?
    lovingyourappearances,
    ‘long may your lum reek’
    Xx (lol!)
    P.S.come in (c’mon) swimmer !

  17. Only 65, I thought you wre anold bloke.
    Anyway, congratulation and have a happy day indeed have a happy next 40 years – you deserve it

  18. I’ve enjoyed learning a lot from your posts. Both from what you know and from what you don’t know. Always thought provoking and frequently entertaining :-). Here’s to the ongoing journey.
    Happy Birthday.
    /ikh

  19. Just wanted to be different so I thought I’d be pedantic and say Happy Anniversary Willis!
    On the basis that we only have one birthday – the rest are anniversaries.
    Oh hell………..happy birthday anyway – and many, many more!

  20. Happy Birthday, pal.
    Somehow makes me think of your mother… I have special hopes that she ended happy; or at least content.

  21. Happy Birthday!
    My linear projection of the tree ring proxy data predicts that next year at this very time you could be a year older, that is, if there aren’t any missing rings!

  22. Happy Birthday! Willis,
    and thank you so much for being on WUWT to help eddicate us.
    always look forward to your posts even the fiddly ones with lotsa numbers in em:-)

  23. HB Willis
    I always enjoy your well-written articles.
    Years ago, as the story goes, some famous physicist was asked what he did.
    He told the person to ask Isaac Asimov to explain what he did.
    In a way, you have become our “Isaac Asimov” on climate and and the atmosphere.
    Most of us, I feel sure, appreciate that.
    Thanks

  24. Happy 65th Willis. You have taught me a lot with your excelent writings. WUWT is the best climate & Science Site. It keeps my brain active as I too was born in 1947.

  25. Happy Birthday, Mr. Eschenbach (my parents always taught me to respect my Elders :p) Your scientific work here is much appreciated, as are the tales from your well-traveled life.

  26. Simply go back and adjust the data from 1947 to show 1955 and you are now only 57! I did the same on my 60th and it feels wonderful. BTW you are now eligible to live in Florida.

  27. Happy Birthday Willis! Many thanks for your insightful analyses and thought-provoking articles. May you continue to be productive way into the future.

  28. I’ve examined the data carefully and plotted the trend and it appears that Willis’ age increases by one at each year on the time axis. There is no change to the trend regardless of which decade I try to cherry pick.
    Happy birthday, Willis.
    H.R.

  29. Dear Willis,
    I wish you a happy birthday from Australia. I enjoy your sense of humour and enthusiasm. As a skeptic with hardly any science education, your writings have helped me to understand what is going on. I love your “Floating Islands” piece on Anthony Watts’ blog and sent it to my friends and associates.
    A Lake Macquarie property developer is taking the NSW Lake Macquarie City Council to court regarding the restrictions on landholders around the lake because of sea level rise. I am gathering information on sea levels, the precautionary principle, CAGW climate change “science/politics”, IPCC, Rio +20, Climategate 1 and 2, NSW State Government Sea level rise policy statement and Derivation of the NSW Government’s sea level rise planning benchmarks to send to the developer in the hope his lawyers might find a detail they haven’t seen before. I would love the court case to expose publicly the whole CAGW non-problem/fraud.
    Best wishes… Faye

  30. Feb 17, 1947:
    Voice of America begins broadcasts to Russia to fight the propaganda of the Soviet Union and other countries.
    And another voice that would in time speak out against propaganda was born.
    Happy Birthday!

  31. Happy Birthday Willis. I also provide you with a gift. To compliment your Earth Thermostat hypothesis I have written down some original thoughts I have developed over the past few years. This is a quick first draft but hopefully conveys my ideas well enough to be understood.
    There are billions and billions of stars. There are untold numbers of planets. These planets come in many sizes and compositions. Their surface topography, atmospheric composition, gravitational strength, distance from their sun are varied and many. Amongst all these vastly numerous and different planets you will by chance have some that contains a quality of its various surface components that allows the planet to maintain a relatively stable temperature. One such planet is Earth, and for at least 10 percent of Earths life, it has acquired and retained this quality of stable temperature, and allowed life to engage, strive and survive.
    Warmists deny that the conditions I have just described are possible, for if they did, they would have to admit that CAWG is not possible or at least not likely.
    Gary G. Mount (GGM)

  32. Happy (if belated) birthday wishes to you, Willis.
    Thanks for the many stimulating articles you have provided.

  33. Willis:
    First time I have to accuse you of FRAUD! You look about 45 in the videos. (Have you been doing this gig for that long? 20 years?)
    Well, a tribute to wild women, wild living, and wild thinking! Keeps you young at heart.
    Just don’t let the AWG coyotes ever catch up with you. (Beep Beep..)
    Max

  34. Willis so sorry to point out to you a typo so close to your special day?
    “embarrassed … it’s true, I’m 65 today.” Surely you mean 25 🙂
    Best wishes and no squashed tomato’s

  35. Willis,
    Happy Birthday from another northern California mountain boy (now stuck in The Big Valley). Trailing in your wake by only five years and enjoying WUWT everyday. Can’t wait for your next post. Stay tall in the saddle and keep raking them with your spurs.

  36. Happy (belated) Birthday, Willis!
    65? Ya gotta be joking, I had you down for 50 ± 5!
    Keep cracking on, and many happy returns.

  37. Over the course of this past year, you have experienced many things, Willis; accusations of “Crimes Against Humility” and the particularily odious offence of “not being nice” are 2 that come to mind.
    Birthdays are great because they’re a time to leave all that and start with a clean slate and a fresh step.
    Happy Birthday

  38. Very Happy Birthday Willis!
    Have whole thumbs
    No need for Tums
    DeSmog has crashed and burned
    Here’s to the wonderful, chaotic Global Temperature Control System, and your excellent writing in working to make its manifold elements clear to us!

  39. Happy Birthday Willis. Always enjoy your contributions here at WUWT.
    Thanks for helping bring some sanity back to planet Earth.

  40. Happy Birthday Willis, I have read a very good book that says: “Life starts at 65” in Dutch, hope it still is available in the US. Original title: “Let’s Rejoin the Human Race”, Joseph H. Peck, Prentice Hall. The Dutch translation is already from 1966…

  41. Willis’ post at “February 18, 2012 at 1:30 am” should be used by anyone taking on the zealots to explain to them why they are handicapped and cannot compete or win.
    The zealots’ contrasting effort to avoid, stifle and manipulate conversation will be their undoing.

  42. Willis,
    65 isn’t old if you are an oak tree.
    May the bird of paradise fly up your nose,
    May an elephant caress you with its toes . . .
    : )
    John

  43. Just remember, there is no “EPIC” in “sk…EP…t…IC: — oh wait, yes there is! It’s Willis, with his many EPIC posts here on WUWT! Happy birthday, Willis!

  44. Happy birthday Willis and best wishes for many more. I look forward to each of your posts and always enjoy them. Please know that your hard work and good writing are making a positive contribution to truth and understanding. Thank you.

  45. Damn! Late to the party again! And the cake’s all gone ([SNIP: Another parenthetical expression! And R. Gates would NEVER do a thing like that. -REP])
    Many happy returns, Master Eschenbach.

  46. Here is a wish for many more happy birthdays and many more mentally challenging problems for you to try and wrap your mind around. That’s what keeps you young so never stop!
    Cheers

  47. Willis, as you might have guessed (and that’s assuming I’ve even registered on your radar screen), there is much we disagree about and I am not the world’s greatest fan of your style.
    But I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your contributions regarding the N&Z hypothesis, because I think many of your criticisms of it have merit, and I think that without their timely arrival at all of our computers, we might really be up a creek right now in this awful battle of wits that rages on.
    I haven’t commented anywhere on the issue of N&Z thus far, because my own thinking is different from both sides of the debate, and is way too much to try to inject into the middle of that debate. But I am glad that you were there and in a position to take issue with the hypothesis and have been willing to stick with it. This is the sort of issue that is, at the same time, so potentially hazardous to AGW skeptics, and yet so difficult for some of us who are GW and GH skeptics to criticize for fear of making enemies of people we would like on our side. So, for me anyway, you have filled an important niche despite our scientific differences of opinion.
    Happy birthday from a bit-player in this rather curious drama.
    RTF

  48. This is not Willis’ birthday – it is actually a classic case of “Data Smoothing and Spurious Correlation” !
    OK… OK… OK… just a minute… on second thought…
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY WILLIS !!!!!!!!!
    Best regards, Allan 🙂

  49. Happy Birthday, Willis!
    It’s fate that you will always be an old fart compared to a young guy like me!☺ [I’m only 63… for the next 2 months, anyway.]
    Wishing you many more happy B-days, too!

  50. Happy Birthday, Willis. Stay young in body and mind.
    So had you stayed at one job your entire working life instead of a whole slew of variety, reckon would you have stayed so young looking?

  51. I hope you have some idea of the enormous contribution you have made to helping stem the flood of nonsense emanating from the disease known as “noble cause corruption.”
    Happy birthday, w.

  52. Happy Birthday Whippersnapper Willis. Having tasted 9 decades, what would I give to be 65 again! I hope you intend to write a book on climate science and then on the adventures of being Willis Eschenbach.

  53. Happy Birthday, Willis, and may there be many more! I’m not that far behind you in that growing old business, so I need a good role model.
    Your posts are always a good read. Many thanks.

  54. Well it is the weekend, so I am raising my glass (Ruthless Ry) and saying huzzah! to Willis. May the next 65 be as interesting and fulfilling as the first. Thanks for the education, worth every penny : P.

  55. Happy Birthday, Willis!!
    I’m only a newbie here but I wanted to say that I greatly enjoy and appreciate your contributions.
    Thinking of all you’ve managed to be doing in your 65 years makes me sick….. er, I mean it fills me with awe and tells me to start doing more with my life. So you are an inspiration, too. Enjoy many more good years on this earth and keep us informed……. thank you.

  56. Willis, may your not-so-obvious decline be ever more gradual.
    From a rapidly declining 66. Ain’t happening to you, pal! Many thanks for all your thought-provoking articles.

  57. Happy 65th, a few months after mine.
    Have you decided yet what you’re going to do when you grow up and have to stop fooling around? (I never managed).
    8-0 !!

  58. As Willis knows, Feb tends to be reserved for the very best – George Washington, Abe Lincoln, Ronald Reagan (same day as me), Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, etc.

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