December 15 and 16 are monumental days in the life of my good friend Dennis Oliver.  Tomorrow  "The 'ol Poop", as Y101's The Old Man used to call him, will become an even older poop as he celebrates his 66th birthday. This Wednesday, believe this or not, will mark the fourth anniversary of his last day on the air at Y101.

In honor of his birthday, Sarah Deien and I have decided to open our phone lines Tuesday morning from 7 to 9 a.m. to those who would like to wish Dennis a happy birthday and/or Merry Christmas. He will be listening. The numbers to call in are (217) 223-9028 in Quincy, 221-4750 in Hannibal or 1-800-Hey-Y101 from anywhere else.

Has it really been off the air four years already?  Where does the time go? Dennis' departure from the airwaves was accelerated because of his development of Alzheimer's Disease, something he publicly revealed three years ago. I am proud of him for taking such a big step. He now is a local spokesperson in the fight against Alzheimer's.

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He keeps busy sleeping in his recliner and doing things around the house and the two of us try to meet up for lunch weekly and do other things as often as we can. It gives us an opportunity to enjoy a couple of beers together and swap old radio stories.

If you notice the picture above from 1985, one of us never changes. How does he do it?I hope you have a great birthday my good friend and many more!


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