Join me in wishing Chris Savage the happiest of birthdays!

Let’s celebrate who he is and all he does.

I can think of no better way to pay tribute to Chris Savage than to write a few words for him — here, on the blog he created and contributes to almost every single day of the year.

I owe a lot to Chris. So do the countless Michiganders he stands up for, in so many ways.

In my case, Chris gave me a voice I would not have if it weren’t for Eclectablog. By inviting me on as a contributor last year, he elevated my activism by providing a platform where many, many more people could hear what I had to say. Along the way, I have learned so much from Chris, and not just about blogging. I am a stronger, smarter person for knowing him.

What he has done with Eclectablog is nothing short of spectacular. He’s turned a state blog into a respected national presence. He shines a light on issues that would otherwise go unnoticed, like his recent and impressive reporting on the EAA. He made the country sit up and take notice of Michigan’s Right to Work (For Less) fight, too, with a view from the battleground that was unparalleled. His work is consistently excellent — and frequently entertaining, thanks to his keen wit.

But he goes beyond the blog, practicing what he preaches as an active community organizer, something he’s done for years and shows no signs of letting up. Chris is a visible presence in Washtenew County and beyond, supporting candidates and causes that make Michigan — and the country — a better place to live. He’s one of the people who gets things done that can drive positive change.

And in every way, he’s one of the good guys. They just don’t come any better or more loyal than Chris. He’s got a huge heart, and I hope he won’t mind my saying he’s become something of a big brother to me. I know he’s always got my back. In this world, how many people can any of us truly say that about?

I hope you’ll join me in raising a glass to Chris today, whether you tweet him, send a Facebook message, leave a comment here or send him an email. He does so much for so many every day of the year.

It’s payback time. Let’s make his birthday the best one yet.

[Photo by Anne Savage]

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  • Brainwrap

    Well said, and absolutely correct. Chris has gone from being a state resource to a national treasure. I’m thankful to have him as a client, a colleague and a friend.

    • http://eclectablog.com Eclectablog

      You guys are very good for my ego : )

      Thanks so, much. I hardly recognize the guy you’re talking about.

      • Amy Lynn Smith

        Let’s add “humble” to your list of fine qualities, Chris. : )

  • Harold

    Celebrate for the rest of the month, then back to work to keep up the good fight!
    Thanks for keeping us in the “know” in the here and now!

    • http://eclectablog.com Eclectablog

      Thanks, Harold. You’re very kind.

  • GunsOverPeople

    Your doing a great job, keep up the good work

  • Nancy Wickman

    Happy birthday, Chris! May you have many more years of speaking out on behalf of Michigan.

    • http://eclectablog.com Eclectablog

      Thank you, Nancy!

  • Doug Scott

    Both as a subscriber to Eclectablog and a ‘worker bee’ Democrat colleague with Chirs, I can attest to his invaluable place in helping us all be more active in Michigan politics. Happy birthday…!

    • http://eclectablog.com Eclectablog

      Thanks, Doug. Hope to see you this evening!

  • judyms9

    The best to you on your birthday and every day, Chris. I am grateful that your blog keeps me engaged in citizenry because it’s often so tempting to just give up. Keep us pushing back against that oppressive big wheel.

    • http://eclectablog.com Eclectablog

      Thanks to one of my favorite commenters. Stay the course!

  • Richard Oman

    Thanks for all that you do – and enjoy your special day

    • http://eclectablog.com Eclectablog

      Thanks, Richard. I definitely will!

  • Jack Wilson

    Happy birthday Chris! Thanks for all that you do.

    • http://eclectablog.com Eclectablog

      Thanks so much, Jack!

  • MMc

    Happy Birthday, Chris! You rock!

  • Carol Sheffield

    Hey Chris! I know you’ll celebrate this happy occasion with great aplomb! Happy Birthday and many more!!!!! I feel confident I speak for all here at Eclecta when I say we are happy to allow you to take tomorrow to recover. ;- )

  • http://ramonasvoices.blogspot.com/ Ramona

    Happy Birthday, Chris. I can’t thank you enough for staying on top of things in this sorry state of ours. You do us a great service by bringing out the dirty deeds of the bad guys and holding their feet to the fire. Hope you can take a break come November, when Mark Schauer is our new governor and the sun begins to shine again.

    • http://eclectablog.com Eclectablog

      The war is never won but neither is it ever lost. Ever onward!

  • surelyujest

    Sorry I missed this yesterday. I hope you had the very happiest of birthdays, my friend! Thank you from the very bottomest of my heart for your dedication, commitment, inspiration, friendship, and laughter. You are a rare gem, a tireless giver and a force to be reckoned with. So many of us owe a great debt to you, although all who know you also know that you would never see it that way! Love and peace to you Chris, Rachel

    • http://eclectablog.com Eclectablog

      You’re very kind, Rachel. Thanks so much.

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