As a tribute, I posted the following on his 80th birthday webpage (http://birthday.willienelson.com/):
“Happy Birthday, Willie. I truly admire your commitment to the causes you care about and your dedication to making this world better for the farmers who feed the rest of us. Congratulations on outliving a helluva lot of your critics, and best wishes for many more years to inspire many more folks with your passion and your persistence.”
Despite his occasionally skewed politics, you gotta love a guy whose resume includes not only commercial success but humanitarian commitment, as well.
I can only dream about being within shouting distance of his accomplishments when—God willing—I hit Eight-Oh.
The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Dan Murphy, a veteran food-industry journalist and commentator.