They grow up so fast, right? Blink of an eye.
It seems like just yesterday, a young Giannis Antetokounmpo arrived in Milwaukee. And now, on Friday, Dec. 6, Bucks star turns 25.
You can help celebrate by signing an 8-foot-tall birthday card made especially for the Greek Freak that’s on display on the second floor of the Good City Brewing location at the Deer District, 333 W. Juneau Ave.
"Giannis has brought so much joy and excitement to this city, and we thought this was just a small way for all of us fans to come together and express our appreciation," says Good City co-founder Dan Katt.
Sign the card before it’s delivered to Giannis across the plaza on Saturday, Dec. 7. The brewery is open daily until midnight, so you have no excuse.
While you’re at it, the Bucks want you to get in on the celebration, too, by recording a video happy birthday message for Giannis.
You can see the details of how to do that here.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.