By Jeff Sherman Staff Writer Published Mar 17, 2009 at 9:38 AM

It's St. Patrick's Day, of course.

And, all day on you'll see and read coverage of the craziness that has become this annual day of all things Irish.

As Milwaukeeans celebrate, there's one more reason to raise that green pint. It's Michael Cudahy's 85th birthday.

Cudahy, of course, has transitioned from entrepreneurship to philanthropy throughout his legendary Milwaukee life. Not just standard philanthropy, but big-time Milwaukee stuff like the Milwaukee Art Museum gardens, IMAX, The Pabst Theater, Riverside Theater, Historic Turner Hall and Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin. He's also one of the creative idea guys behind the coming soon, new rail transportation system for greater Downtown Milwaukee.

Since it's his birthday, I wanted to revisit a 2002 lunch I had with Cudahy. Please enjoy my interview with him here and let's all remember to sing "Happy Birthday" to a great, civic-minded Milwaukeean, Michael Cudahy. Cheers!

Jeff Sherman Staff Writer

A life-long and passionate community leader and Milwaukeean, Jeff Sherman is a co-founder of OnMilwaukee.

He grew up in Wauwatosa and graduated from Marquette University, as a Warrior. He holds an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University, and is the founding president of Young Professionals of Milwaukee (YPM)/Fuel Milwaukee.

Early in his career, Sherman was one of youngest members of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, and currently is involved in numerous civic and community groups - including board positions at The Wisconsin Center District, Wisconsin Club and Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.  He's honored to have been named to The Business Journal's "30 under 30" and Milwaukee Magazine's "35 under 35" lists.  

He owns a condo in Downtown and lives in greater Milwaukee with his wife Stephanie, his son, Jake, and daughter Pierce. He's a political, music, sports and news junkie and thinks, for what it's worth, that all new movies should be released in theaters, on demand, online and on DVD simultaneously.

He also thinks you should read OnMilwaukee each and every day.