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George H.W.'s 90th Bday

George H.W. Bush is on the way to turning 90 years old and the hard partying's already begun

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Milton Townsend and Jackson Hicks carry the birthday cake for former President Bush while Barbara Bush avoids the candles. That's "Marilyn Monroe" in the gold. Photo courtesy of © Al Torres Photography
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Texas A&M singing cadets provided dinner entertainment. Photo courtesy of © Al Torres Photography
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Party hosts Sandy and Wally Ganzi, left, visit with President George H.W. Bush. Photo courtesy of © Al Torres Photography
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"Marilyn Monroe" sang "Happy Birthday, Mr. President." Photo courtesy of © Al Torres Photography
Mark Sullivan, from left, George H.W. Bush and Gigi Huang at the George H.W. Bush party April 2014
Mark Sullivan, left, George H.W. Bush and long-time Bush family friend Gigi Huang. Courtesy photo
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The Texas A&M cadets were invited for dinner. Photo courtesy of © Al Torres Photography
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The crush was on at The Palm before everyone was seated for dinner. Photo courtesy of © Al Torres Photography
034 The cake at George H.W. Bush's 90th birthday party April 2014 at Palm Houston
With nine candles — one for each decade — the cake was a gift from Jackson Hicks and Miltown Townsend. Photo courtesy of © Al Torres Photography
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A photo opp for everyone celebrating President George H.W. Bush's 90th birthday at The Palm. Photo courtesy of © Al Torres Photography
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Mark Sullivan, from left, George H.W. Bush and Gigi Huang at the George H.W. Bush party April 2014
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034 The cake at George H.W. Bush's 90th birthday party April 2014 at Palm Houston
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Former President George H.W. Bush has so many friends and admirers, there is no telling how many times he will be feted for his upcoming 90th birthday. Although he doesn't reach that milestone until June 12, the partying started early at The Palm.

It was standing room only when co-owners of the popular steakhouse Wally Ganzi and Bruce Bozzi kicked off the celebrations. The duo flew in from home base in Naples, Fla., and New York, respectively, with their wives, Sandy Ganzi and MaryAnn Bozzi, to host the gathering of adoring Bush fans. In honor of Bush's presidential library, they arranged for a group of Texas A&M singing cadets to entertain.

Although confined to a wheel chair due to a Parkinson's-like ailment, the former president was game for the outing. He posed for photos, blew out the nine candles (one for each decade) on his cake and visited with just about everyone.

While the invitation instructed against presents, the cake was a gift from Jackson Hicks and Milton Townsend. The carrot cake confection with cream cheese icing was prepared in the Jackson and Co. kitchen. Their presentation was accompanied by a vampy "Marilyn Monroe" singing "Happy Birthday, Mr. President." 

Guests represented a broad spectrum of Houston society including Debbie and Roger Clemens, oilman Jim Flores and wife Cheri, entertainment mogul Tilman Fertitta and wife Paige, the birthday gent's grandson Pierce Bush, former Secretary of State James A. Baker III and wife Susan, famed trial lawyer Joe Jamail, restaurateur Gigi Huang, publicist Mark Sullivan, Barbara Bush (of course) and her nephew Jim Pierce.  

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