On my 19th birthday I was eating supper in the cafeteria at Luther College in Decorah. Some friends of my brother came over to my table. One person (whom I didn't know) made a speech to the cafeteria announcing my birthday and asking everyone to sing to me.
It wasn't until I married the man five years later and began going to Happy Joe's with his family in Bettendorf that I learned that he had given me the signature Happy Joe's birthday speech!
My husband grew up celebrating birthdays at Happy Joe's - a tradition his family continues to this day.