Archive for August 4th, 2009

A Statue for Johnny Barnes

August 4, 2009

Bermuda greeter Johnny Barnes (video courtesy of YouTube poster JoeMrFire)

Eighty-five-year-old Johnny Barnes has been welcoming visitors to Hamilton, the capital of Bermuda, for the last fifteen to twenty years by blowing kisses, waving and saying “I love you” to passing traffic at the Foot of the Lane roundabout one mile east of downtown. He’s become such a fixture from 3:45 AM to 10 AM every Monday through Friday that the city immortalized him with a statue adjacent to the roundabout!

According to Wikipedia, Johnny Barnes was born John James Adolphus Mills in Bermuda in 1924. He was an electrician by trade and worked on the Bermuda Railroad as an electrician until the railroad closed in 1948. He then drove a bus for a living. One day, on his way to work, he stopped at the Crow Lane roundabout and began waving to traffic.

Barnes, who is sometimes called (more…)