"Gabo" Turns 80, Strolls with Castro

Nobel prize winner Gabriel García Márquez turned 80 yesterday in this year also marking the 40th anniversary of the publication of One Hundred Years of Solitude.

In his native Aracataca, Colombia, the inspiration for the setting of the aforementioned epic novel, birthday festivities kicked off at 5a.m. with fireworks, a military parade, and a special Roman Catholic Mass. Missing only was García Márquez himself, in Cuba taking a walk with fellow octogenarian/semi-retiree Fidel Castro.