August 16th is a big day in the history of Rock-'N-Roll.  In 1977, "The King of Rock and Roll" passed away.  Elvis Presley's death shocked the world.

And it made my then 5 year-old brother wonder why everyone was sad on his birthday!

My younger, BIGGER, brother Justin was born on this date in 1972.  He and I are about 20 months apart in age.

Believe it or not, Elvis isn't the only iconic pop culture figure that died on my brother's birthdate. Aretha Franklin, "The Queen of Soul", died in 2018. She joined other heavenly royalty that passed away on August 16th as well.

It gets more than coincidental after that. The "King of the Delta Blues", the "King of Swing", and the "King of Rock-'n-Roll" were all taken away from us on the 16th day of August.

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Growing up with a sib that close in age certainly caused some friction back in the day. Oh, how we fought!

TSM/Todd Lyons

Years have passed and now there are many miles between us. Justin lives on the west side of the Cascades so we don't get to see each other all too often. Probably one of the biggest reasons why he and I purchased season tickets to the Seahawks back in 2006 was just so that we could have an excuse to visit with each other a few Sundays a year during the fall and winter.

This year will be an exception, and I cannot wait to see him in person again. For as much as we punched each other's lights out as kids, we have grown that much closer as we have both aged.

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Happy 48th birthday to my "Palsie," Justin!

Love,
your brother Todd