Happy 50th, Chris!

A milestone worth celebrating
Friday, September 14, 2012, 7:07 PM

On Saturday, Chris turns 50. The Fed would have to announce QE4-ever as Chris prepares to celebrate his half-century milestone....

While his family toasts (and roasts) him this weekend, there's no reason we shouldn't do the same.

Becca (Chris' wife) has gathered 50 brief little messages from those who know Chris well, each expressing what they appreciate about the good doctor. I was thinking it would be a nice complement to her efforts if we tried the same thing here on the site, where so many of us have been influenced by his words and example.

Here's what I gave to Becca:

"I appreciate that he has the courage and competence to live his authentic life - which has, in turn, inspired and enabled me to live mine."

If you have your own sentiments to share, please do so in the Comments section below.

(And in spite of the celebrations this weekend, I know for certain that Chris is working on a deep analysis of the implications of the Fed and ECB's actions this week. He's very concerned about the extreme step our monetary leaders have just taken and is tuning his info-scouting sensors to maximum sensitivity. Expect a substantial report from him to be released early next week.)

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happy birthday!

Thank you, Chris.

You and this site have been a guiding, interpretive light for my wife and I for more than two years now.  I can't tell you how much this means to us when so many of the information sources out there are missing the point.

Love you,

Bob and Susan Broadhead

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Thank you, Chris!


Happy birthday, Chris!

All I can say is that your work changed my life in many aspects! Thank you!

Tomorrow I will drink a “caipirinha” here in Brazil to celebrate your birthday!

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Happy Birthday Chris

As I sit on my porch and look out over my yard (well, it's dark out, so I use my imagination).  I see fruit trees that will produce good fruit next year, chickens whose eggs so many of my friends, coworkers and neighbors have enjoyed, a productive garden, some food in the pantry, potatoes in the (soon to be) root cellar (converted from an emergency escape window well in the basement), and many other changes that I owe in part to the inspiration you provide through this site and how you live your life. 

Thank you and Happy Birthday.


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Happy b'day Chris

You will be 50 one day before I'm 66.  I'll be cutting firewood, cleaning the chicken coop, picking and preserving food and mulching the young trees for the coming winter.  I probably wouldn't be doing any of these things but for you and your influence in our lives.  The work is physically harder, but very rewarding.  I'm in better shape than I was and I'm heading into retirement happy and confident in my and my family's future.  Thank you Chris and many happy returns.


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Happy Happy!

I am grateful that a friend pointed me at the CC lo these several years ago.  I am grateful that you had distilled down into 20-some video chapters what I already knew to be true but hadn't the brainpower or eloquence to express.  I am grateful for your walk-the-talk example.  

I wish for you continued success -- as you define it.  I wish for you health & continued razor-sharp mental acuity so you can make excellent life-path choices -- and then enjoy the fruits of same.

All the best, Dr. Chris.  ENJOY.  You richly deserve it!

Viva -- Sager

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A very happy 50th to you

A very happy 50th to you Chris! 

With all this already done in the first half of your lifetime, one wonders what you'll get up to in the second!  I wish you ongoing health and happiness, to go along with all the intelligence, fine teaching and communicating skills, wisdom and perserverence you obviously possess.  A bit of resting on your laurels might be called for on the big day smiley.

Cheers to the most influential man I never met -




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Welcome to the Club.....

Happy Birthday Chris - Five Oh only hurts a little.  All the best to you and your family on what we all hope was a wonderful day for you.

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It's a Wonderful Life

and your guidance has been instrumental in keeping it that way. Sagar and the others have expressed my feelings well and I can add a big thank you for creating a place where ideas can be shared and opposing views are treated with respect.

Have a Prosperous birthday, but you surely haven't Peaked. cool


PS: Mish was wrong; that was a great movie.

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You've changed the shape of my life as well

I have extensive food gardens, chickens, a growing set of heirloom skills, if you will, and a much different perspective on the world around me, thanks to you. I hear that one's 50s are the happiest decade of our lives. I plan to test that out in a couple more years myself.

Enjoy the day, the year, and the decade,

Sue Sullivan

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Happy 50th.....

Happy Birthday Chris....

The "Crash course" and all the education thereafter have been one of the biggest turning point for my life. I am very grateful for your sacrifice and commitment to educating so many of us.

May you and your family be blessed with happiness, health and prosperity forever!!

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Stumbling into this website 4

Stumbling into this website 4 years ago helped clarify why I felt things weren't working they used to.  

You and Becca are the real deal!

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Happy Birthday, Chris!

Thank-you for making sense of things I knew weren't right, but  hadn't been able to pull together and make sense of on my own.   The Crash Course  finally did that for me (3-dimensionally, no less!:).  

Thank-you for sharing your ability to make sense of things with the rest of us!



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happy birthday Chris!

Hi Chris, happy birthday! Thanks for having the courage to share what you believe, with such conviction, and in a manner that is so easy to understand. The Crash Course along with all of the other info found on this site has helped me to change from thinking about maybe doing something to prepare to actually going out and doing it. I feel all the more confident for it! Thank you!

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I appreciate Chris for

helping me to turn my fear into focus; focus on creating a fulfilling life and future to look forward to.


Many birthday wishes to you!



(Portland, OR)

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The water is warm...

Welcome to the 50's, Chris; you will find it not so bad. Thanks for all you've done, and continue to do!

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Happy 50th Birthday!

You rock life and learning, Chris. Thank you so much for sharing what you've learned with the rest of us.


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For once I'd love to express my gratitude!

Thank you Chris! It was your book that gave me the analysis and insight to make sense of the world around me; a way to tie todays chaos into a comprehensible narrative. Now I'm - happily - a constant vistor of the sight and a proud subscriber. I am, still, in my early 20's and your story of radically changing your life to adhere and to thrive in the hardships that we face tomorrow has given me the motivation to do the same in my own way.

For your calm insights, intelligent arguments, and practical advise, I wish all the all the best on your 50th.

Thank you for all your hard work,

- Denis

P.S. another special thanks for those who help run the sight and Peak Prosperity's other notable writers, who also deserve copious amounts of respect and praise. 

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Happy Birthday, Chris

Chris, Thanks so much for sharing your insights, experience, and wisdom with the wider world.  What an achievement your website and related ventures are!  Just amazing!  Best wishes to you for a happy birthday.  Jan Jee

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Oh Hell Chris,  just grab

Oh Hell Chris,  just grab Becca and dance...Happy Birthday!



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Happy BDay!

You've been instumental in the changing of my life, as well as my families, for the better!

Thank you!

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All the best...

Your writing has given me the confidence to be myself and live my life according to my moral compass. You have been a great inspiration in so many ways!

The gift of your knowledge is like a warm blanket during cold, confusing times.

Warm regards and best wishes,


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Happy Birthday Chris

I admire the way you keep your interviews positive and on topic.  You seem to have the ability to stay focused and not be sidetracked or agitated by any off topic comments or pet issues brought up by people you are interviewing.

The focus of stays on the core issues as well and seems to avoid controversial sidetracks that would detract from the core message.

Happy birthday and good work. 

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A Golden Anniversary indeed...

Happy Birthday Chris!


Just taking a wee break from constructing raised beds (veggie planters) from spare fencing.


Will raise a Scottsh Real Ale in your honour this eve.


Many thanks for your help.


Hope to be as properous when I get to accomplish the same achievement.





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Many happy returns, Chris.  Although it's a redundant statement on this thread, I'm still going to say it because it needs saying again -- your work impacted my life in unbelievable ways.

Although your work and impact in these first 50 years has been nothing short of significant, I get the feeling that it's still just in the beginning stages, and that your positive influence is only going to grow and expand over the coming years.

Thanks for everything you've done in spreading the message of preparedness and resiliency, and all the best to you and your family on this special day!

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virtual gift

Happy birthday Chris

I am translaiting the Crash Course  to lithuanian languge. Only 1.5 pages left, today i will finish them. Its my virtual gift. Yours thougths and ideas are spreading  across the Atlantic. Chears!

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Happy birthday Chris

Wishing you many more happy and healthy years Chris!

I'd like to thank you and Adam (and all the rest of the people behind the scenes) for your contributions and helping all of us.

I think the reason why the information you provide is the best is your ability to understand and disect what's in front of you as you did throughout your life.

Your work is greatly appreciated worldwide. 

Thank you,


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Happy Birthday CM!

I hope you had a fabulous time on your birthday yes. Am an avid reader from thousands of miles away in India and am glad I stumbled across your website a good three years ago. It is helping me shape my future and I thank you for that. Live long and healthy life to you and your loved ones.

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A very happy birthday,

A very happy birthday, Chris.  Your Crash Course made a difficult subject so easy to understand, even old dogs like me could understand your message.  It's true, you can teach an old dog new tricks.  I'm 82, and consider 50 the beginning of your best years of the rest of your life. 

God bless you and your family


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Happy Birthday Chris! When I

Happy Birthday Chris!

When I look back at everything you, your family and your team have accomplished with the Crash Course, the website and your efforts to spread the message I see a major achievement that will continue to bear fruit for many years. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet and learn from you and look forward to what the future will bring. 

I wish you the happiest of birthdays and a well deserved celebration.  Thank you for all you have done.


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Peak Prosperity

Wishing for you a wonderful family and a life filled with purpose ....... Sounds like true "Peak Prosperity"
Happy Birthday

Alaska Granny

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Happy Birthday Chris....

.. time to sell a few gramms of gold thanks Bernanke for the nice push this week and buy yourself a nice present ;-) Thanks for everything!

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have a wonderful special day!

Chris - Happiest of Happy Birthdays to you!  You're one of my heros!  


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Happy almost-over Birthday

Your calm assurance that your quality of life is better than it was when you were pursuing the American Dream dispels much of the fear associated with looking into the future. Thank you for that. Happy Birthday, Chris.

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Have one for me

Happy birthday Chris, thanks for another great year of keeping me/us informed!

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Happy Birthday, Chris

Happy Birthday, Chris!


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Happy Birthday, Chris


I just wanted to add a quick note of thanks to the others above - from across the seas in Thailand.

Even though I still believe "the sky is falling", thanks to the awakening I got from reading / watching The Crash Course and Mike Maloney's Guide to Investing in Gold and Silver, I now feel as if I'm better prepared and at least my eyes are open.  Hard to  think I was so blind for so long, but better late than never...

Hope you're having a fabulous birthday weekend, and thank you again for all your efforts in keeping us up to speed with what's really happening!


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Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday, Chris!  Keep up the good work!


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Happy Birthday Chris

Enjoy the moment and forget about the future for a bit.  I have enjoyed being a part of and a party to your efforts and I wish you many more birthdays as you strive to keep us "informed" about our collective future.

Warmest regards; Bob

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Happy birthday, and thank you

Happy birthday, and thank you for providing a home for all of us to interact with other like-minded individuals as we batten down the hatches for the coming storm.

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Happy Birthday Chris...

I hope you have a great celebration!  As a daily visitor to your site for amost four years I appreciate your insight in putting a frame to everything happening around us.  This has been a fantastic place to learn, discuss (occasionally vent) and prepare with a great group of people... truly an extended community.

I'm finding my fifth decade to the be the best one so far and hope you will do the same.

Best wishes.... Chip

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A heartfelt thank you to all

I am really touched by the comments and birthday wishes above. Hearing that I have managed to touch so many people in a meaningful and positive way is both gratifying and humbling. Of course, this has been a team effort on our end, so I need to pass the praise around generously.

Turning 50 was a process, not an event. I had a great birthday, just what I wanted with the most beautiful weather that September in New England can provide - crisp blue skies and clear, warm air.

For my main present, my family and I spent a few hours out in the garden, doing fall weeding, ripping out a mint plant that somehow got a foothold inside the gate, and digging the new asparagus bed. Perfect.

The process part of all this began many months ago, with the sense that I am entering a new phase of life, one where prior passions and abilities are giving way to new ones. I wish I could say that was a seamless and easy process, but old ways like to cling and new paths can seem intimidating.

One area I am most happy about is that I am entering 50 in the best physical shape of at least the past 15 years of my life. My daily routine of limited but intense weights and lifting has me at a relatively toned 173 pounds and my wife looking at me differently, both excellent outcomes.

So I feel very well-prepared for the next stage of life, whatever that may hold, and I am ready to give it my all.

Again, THANK YOU for wishing me well on my birthday and especially for telling me a little about who you are and what's been important to you. I am touched.

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Happy Birthday & Look forward to meeting you in MA

Chris I hope you realize the impact you and your team have made on so many lives.  I really appreciate all you have done to spread the word and devote the effort necessary to prepare us all for the future (and importantly to make sense of all the data).  I really look forward to finally meeting you Adam and Becca at the next seminar.  Have a great Birthday and know we are celebrating with you. 

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