Friday, December 18, 2009

Happy Birthday "Pistol" Pete!

This Sunday (December 20) is "Pistol" Pete Klaus' birthday!
For the few of you who don't know Pete, I need to clarify that he is one of the world's greatest Phantom fans and collectors, as well as the co-founder of the Friends of the Phantom club. (You can read a nice article about Pete Klaus' collection by clicking here)
I have the privilege of having known Pete for a few years, during which he helped me getting better acquainted with the world of The Phantom and with the great family of Phantom Phriends, scattered around the world.

Pete has a positive and upbeat personality which helps him and others to make it through the trials of life, big or small as they might be. Just a few days ago, following a huge rainstorm which hit Maryland, Pete's basement was flooded and he lost about 900 issues of Fantomen (from the 1950s on up) and other Phantom memorabilia. When he told me what happened, over the phone, he didn't express any regrets for the loss; instead, he went on enumerating all the good things he and his family had been blessed with.

I'd like to invite all of you (even if you don't know Pete) to wish him a happy birthday, by adding a comment below this post. (I will then send him an email with a link to this post)

I'm not going to say how old Pete is, but I will give you a hint by dedicating to him the following video (He he he ;-)

Today, (December 19) I also received the following from fellow-artist Eugenio Mattozzi. Enjoy!


  1. Happy birthday, Pete! Hope it's a good one.

  2. Happy birthday dear Pete, God bless you !

  3. Happy birthday Pete from Montreal, Canada. We have 2 things in common; we both are Phantom phans and we both are Sagittarius! Today, I celebrate mine! I hope that you will have a great day.

    Guy Poissan / kit*walker

  4. Happy birthday Pete ! How many years you have? Probably 44, because I was born 4 years before you and I'm 48 (I'm another Sagittarius) !

  5. Happy Birthday Pete! your one of the nicest human beings I've had the pleasure to know and call a friend! All the best to you on this special day. Your enthusiam for collecting, zest for life and love of other people is admirable... Hugs to you from out west! Best, Ruben and Jeanne too!

  6. yes happy birthday Pete...

  7. Hi Pete, don't worry for the lost Ph-comic-collection, in the near future you'll build another one much better and beautiful than before, as said E.Petrolini. HAPPY BIRTHDAY PETE !!

  8. Pete! Belated birthday greetings, friend! I often think of the many kindnesses you extended when I was down with a bad case of the biker's flu in '03 (smashed up, mending bones for months and months and months... lol!...:-) Hope all's well with you and yours.
    Tony DePaul