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Ashleigh Brilliant 80th Birthday and More!
updated: Dec 10, 2013, 1:17 PM

By Robert Bernstein

Monday was the 80th birthday of Santa Barbara's unique personality: Ashleigh Brilliant! He celebrated the occasion with his wife Dorothy and many friends and fans in Franceschi Park overlooking the city. (Dorothy's birthday came a day earlier so the party was for her, too.)

People came from far and wide for the occasion. And each person was rewarded with a personally signed "Pot Shots" postcard from Ashleigh.

Ashleigh has created over ten thousand individual Pot Shots postcards. Each with its own unique art and witty saying. Each saying is 17 words or less. And each saying is copyrighted and has withstood legal challenges special to this one of a kind art form.

Here are my photos from the occasion!

And here is his web site!

I have also included photos of the Frog Shrine which is near Franceschi Park. Ashleigh has a talent for scouting out little-known quirky spots in our community and none is more quirky than the Frog Shrine! Amazingly, it has endured for decades with little theft. In fact, it grows ever larger as people add their own pieces to it.

Pictured with me at the Frog Shrine is Shannon O'Reilly. Shannon came both the longest and the shortest distance for the occasion. Shannon's family has lived near the Mission for many decades. But Shannon has been living in Nicaragua since the 1980s when he worked with Bikes Not Bombs. Both as compensation for the war our government was waging against the Nicaraguan people and to create affordable and sustainable transportation. His work providing bicycles to Nicaraguans continues to this day!

Shannon was here because of the recent death of his father Tom O'Reilly, a Pearl Harbor survivor and long time Veteran For Peace.


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