Today is the 27th birthday of this fine, fine human. I would like to invite you all to join in the celebration with Jeo-party, Craig edition.
1. ANSWER: Craig bumped into Telfar Clemens while purchasing this brand of paint. QUESTION: Martha Stewart.
The decision to get serious about his future home left Craig with a beautiful Bucktown three flat, all new appliances, and hideous yellow walls. Many facetime sessions, Restoration Hardware visits and one notable trip my color lab later, he finally made his final outing to purchase many buckets of the perfect paint. As he stood in line holding the fine-tuned swatch, he began to panic. Does he even like gray? Was he about to make a huge mistake? He set it down on the counter, took a step back and stared down the piece of paper. As he glared at the paint, a man walked up to request four samples of various Martha Stewart swatches, one of which was the very same color as the piece sitting on the counter. Craig looked up, delighted by the world's confirmation of his color choice. Telfar grabbed his samples, looked over and threw Craig a supportive nod.
2. ANSWER: Craig received all-access passes to New York Fashion week from this design duo founded in 2002. QUESTION: Who is Proenza Schouler?
Back in college, Craig flew out to Christie's to bid on Helen Frankenthaler's Green Arena (it was 2012, we were very into green). Lazaro and Jack were also at the space, perusing some work and debating the merits of Tommy Boy. Craig, feeling his deep rooted love for Dennehy bubble up, chimed in with his hot takes on the film. 4 hours of diving into Chicago versus New York born actors later, the trio had entirely missed the auction. Jack and Laz felt so bad about Craig's loss of the piece that they demanded to make it back. Despite Craig's sincere declaration that the lively debate was well worth the miss, they insisted that when the right time came they would be there to make up for it. The pair never bails on their word, following through in the form of two coveted New York Fashion Week passes in Craig's mailbox last week.
3. ANSWER: Craig won the greatest number of consecutive Jeopardy games with this many wins. QUESTION: What is 76?
After many weeks of rocking a recluse life, Craig lured me out with those two tickets to New York for my second true love (looking at you for that first place spot, b-day boy), fashion week. Little did he know, NYFW is a full time job. After 8 hours of schlepping through the city, carrying my five microns worth of sketches, and coming down with a serious left eye twitch from to the strobes, Craig made it through day 1. As a thank you, I gave him the oft fought over position of choosing our dinner location. So naturally I found myself at Crif Dogs. As I scanned the menu of hot dogs, hot dogs and more hot dogs, I heard a familiar voice from the door: "young man from Chicago, Illinois and my favorite guest to date..." "George!" Craig exclaimed and jumped into Trebek's arms. "I told it's you not to call me that," he laughed, then sat down and proceeded to eat 4 Jon-Jons whilst begging Craig to come back to the show. Though he refused the offer, Craig did invite him to join us the next night for some birthday festivities. "I'll raise you one," Trebek said. "What do you say to a round of Craig themed Jeopardy for that party of yours? I'll host." Craig agreed under strict terms, AKA that Alex promise to try a slice of his famous Pizza Pizza Pizza (pizza topped with bagel bites and pizza rolls). And so Jeo-Party was born.