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Happy Birthday, John Katsilometes — you’re The Kats Meow!


Sam Morris

Columnist John Katsilometes plays comedian Martin Short like a set of bagpipes during Short’s show at the Mirage on Friday, June 29, 2012.

Kats’ 2013 birthday video

Today is the birthday of John Katsilometes, editor at large of the Las Vegas Sun, columnist of the award-winning The Kats Report, No. 1 fan of Santa Fe and The Fat City Horns every Monday night, everyone’s favorite Las Vegas and Greek journalist from Idaho and the tall-ish, eyeglasses-wearing man behind #SheckyKats on Twitter.

To mark the occasion, his girlfriend Jennifer Peters Bradley corralled some 50 Las Vegas notables to record short “Happy Birthday” videos compiled here by Ricky Moreno. Kats will feel like three-time Best Actor Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis when he watches the video because everyone thinks he’s a winner. (He is.)

There’s sex appeal from Tara Palsha, Dorimar Bonilla, Frankie Moreno, Thunder From Down Under and Chippendales. Sadly, none of them take it all off. There is a lot of singing, from “Jersey Boys” to “Fantasy” cast members -- this is The Entertainment Capital of the World, after all.

The funniest message? From a very pregnant and radiant Holly Madison. The most disturbing? Brad Garrett and Alicia Jacobs are neck-and-neck. And the raciest message? It’s from our colleague Mr. Robin “Lust for Scandal” Leach, naturally.

Happy Birthday, Kats. It’s always a pleasure.

P.S. Kats’ age is revealed in the video. It’s never polite to ask The Kats his age.

P.S.S. My literary gift to you, Kats, first heard at The Smith Center: Baba ganoush? I just met him! #SheckyKats via Don Chareunsy.

Don Chareunsy, editor of Vegas DeLuxe and senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun, has been Kats’ editor for more than four years at the Sun.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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