The one and only Mr. Joe Bob Briggs is celebrating his 70th birthday today.
I've been a fan of Mr. Briggs since he hosted movies on MonsterVision, Summer School and Last Call on TNT when I was a teenager. In the years that followed, I discovered a lot of movie reviews that he wrote in the 80's and 90's and it led me to discover a lot of movies that I may never have discovered otherwise.
Years later, Mr. Briggs returned to horror hosting with The Last Drive-In on Shudder, and he once again began to introduce me to dozens of movies that I had never seen or even heard of before, in addition to introducing me to a place that has become my home away from home over the past two years, the Mahoning Drive-In Theater.
|Joe Bob's Jamboree (July 15, 2021)|
|How Redneck's Saved Hollywood (May 7, 2022)|
We had the opportunity to meet and talk with him three times over the past five years. He was one of the most gracious and genuine people that I've ever met. He's a truly good dude who loves to meet and talk with folks about life, movies, and everything, and I feel very fortunate not only to have met him, but for all of the happiness that his work has brought into my life.
Happy birthday, Mr. Briggs, and thank you for everything!