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The BlackBerry Live moment that left me speechless and brought tears to my eyes!

The ultimate BlackBerry birthday cake!
By Kevin Michaluk on 15 May 2014 11:38 am EDT
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It's Thursday. Which means it's Throw Back Thursday. And in this week's spirit of looking back at some of our favorite moments of BlackBerry Live events in years gone by, today I'm sharing with you a never before seen moment. For me personally, it's not only one of my favorite BlackBerry Live moments, but one of the absolute most memorable moments of my life.... my BlackBerry Surprise Birthday Party!!

My birthday is May 16th, which last year fell on a Thursday - the final day of BlackBerry Live. I had a meeting scheduled on my calendar for 2pm that day, to meet up with a colleague (and awesome friend!) from BlackBerry to discuss some future-looking CrackBerry ideas. It was a meeting that I requested, so no alarm bells went off in my head. We made our way back to the conference room that BlackBerry was using as their makeshift BlackBerry Live HQ for the week. And that's when it happened. I opened the door and walked into HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

I'm not sure on every detail of how it came together (though I do know some of the details and thanked those individuals involved big time!), but BlackBerry pulled together an amazing surprise birthday party for me, complete with a functioning BlackBerry birthday cake!! The room was decorated up and packed with people from BlackBerry, including BlackBerry's CEO at the time, Thorsten Heins. I was also shocked to see the CrackBerry team when I walked in - apparently when I left for my meeting and my back was turned for a second, they all RAN to the party room and beat me there. Everybody knew what was going on but me.

I'm not an easy person to slide something past. Nor am I a person who chokes up easily. And it's rare that I run out of words. On this occasion, I was shocked. Totally shocked. Literally speechless. And while I did my best to fight the tears back, they still dripped down. It was such a nice gesture and it meant and still means so much to me. Even writing this article now, I still choke up thinking about it.

Thank You BlackBerry, for creating one of the most memorable moments of my life with an amazing Surprise Birthday Party!

Walking into my surprise party. Completely shocked.

Still completely shocked. And speechless.

Such an awesome crew of friends and colleagues waiting for me.

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins, telling me to suck it up and not cry. :)

The ultimate BlackBerry birthday cake!

Time to cut that cake!

The cake was almost too nice to want to cut. But damn, it tasted great!

Party Time!

Great friends and hardworking BlackBerry people.

Say Cheese!

Thanks BlackBerry, for an incredible moment.

The party that happened later that night... I don't remember so well ;)

Following the surprise birthday party, the CrackBerry team made their way up to the infamous "lobby bar" for a round of drinks. That turned into an EPIC hotel room party, and me... well... waking up the next morning in a hotel room bed that wasn't my own and not remembering how I got there (I blame the bottle of Cafe Patron of which I consumed way too much). Thankfully, a party full of BlackBerry addicts means plenty of photos were taken, so while I don't remember much of the nighttime festivities I do remember it thanks to the Story Maker video above! :)

All in all, #BESTBIRTHDAYEVER! Thanks BlackBerry!

155 comments

BallJohnsonDance

Epic if I do say so myself

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khehl

like how Rene Ritchie is the only other Mobile Nation person there besides the Crackberry team. I think he is a softy for BlackBerry and just doesn't want to admit it.

archshen

This is awesome!

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Anilu7

Great times were obviously held by all! =D BlackBerry Live was an awesome event and I had the pleasure of meeting several of your team and keep in touch with them via BBM. Viva #TeamBlackBerry!

AlKuqo

Kevin, we share the same bday :)

dgcurrie

Very cool, well done BlackBerry, good work Kevin and many happy returns tomorrow

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TranceRomance

White power!

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NinjaB

I'm confused.

What just happened? lol

TranceRomance

Sandra I've been stabbed and I don't even know what I did!

Swiped via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA (Only T-Mo rep still pushing  )  ‎BlackBerry Q10...oh wait a sec....its my new  BlackBerry Z30 (STA100-5), son! The holy grail of phones! Once you go BlackBerry, everything else is wack-berry! LOL! #longestsignatureever

shupor

lol. Awesome story.
Happy birthday in advance Kevin

dressic

HB CK :) wish all the best

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jope28

That's just full of super duper awesomeness.

Q10SQN100-1/10.2.1.3175 CB10'n

NinjaB

haha.. looks like a blast!

Kevin's face from 1:45 tells it all lmao...

Barracuda7772

That's awesome, sounds like a great time.

Happy early birthday Kevin

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Ozfork

Love the new avatar Jubei, very professional indeed!!!

Posted with the brilliance of my Z10!!!

TranceRomance

He's had that since the dinosaurs.

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ririeisdead

Nahh photoshop lol

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Ron In Motion

BlackBerry themselves throwing a party for Our Fearless Leader. How cool is that? Awesome!

Cave, cave, moderator videt

Iggy City

Next on your list:

Party with Chen?

Simon Sage

Good times! (Also, just barely taller than Thorsten.)

Jimmy Fong1

Wowser! Happy Birthday Kevin!! So nice of BlackBerry and to have "Thor" present ;)

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arfin

You just want us to send you gifts tomorrow and happy birthday's that's the purpose of this story isn't it! :p jk of course, that's pretty amazing that BlackBerry did that for you ! Awesome stuff

chrisstlaurent

Great story. They hold you to high regard.

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trinichindian

Good stuff.

Mine is next Wednesday 21st, doubt I'll get a blackberry cake though. That was epic!

Zwiped from my Zed

parthokarki

Kevin this was the best post ever, and seeing Mr Thor there was a bonus.

Really got me emotional.

Superb!!

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NtotheK

Ya super awesome. Just the fact that Thorsten set some personal time aside to make an appearance shows what a stand up team BlackBerry had and still has!

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TranceRomance

Agree!

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Halifax Guy

Happy Birthday tomorrow Kevin.

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VR6

So cool, let's hope there much more to celebrate with BlackBerry. Happy early bday Kev!

nosmartphoneyet

Pretty cool

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FeitaInc

Hehe.. awesome :)

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DJ Reyes

Fun times! Also, that cake was sooo delicious.

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Poncherelly

Nice subtle way if reminding the crackberry nation that tomorrow's your birthday #attentionseeker

LOL :)) just kidding Kevin. It sounds like you surrounded by a bunch of people that live and respect you.

A slow climb to the top is always more rewarding. Sent using my BlackBerry Z10.

Poncherelly

Oh and Happy early birthday

A slow climb to the top is always more rewarding. Sent using my BlackBerry Z10.

Puz_zled

That is completely awesome!! How did you not mention any of that last year??

From my Neutrino Powered Z10

James Richardson

That sure was an epic day. I dread to think how much beer we got through!

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berryvic

I thought there was a "no photos" rule that night. HA!!

Man_apart

Amazing story.

From my  phone.

TranceRomance

Oh that's dope! Next time fly me out and I will be your DJ and entertainer for the night!

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TranceRomance

Oh yeah....happy early birthday! I'm serious about the DJ. I got a FB page, youtube, mixcrate, Mixcloud, soundcloud, just holler at your boy!

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Kennedy.L

ohhhhh. Listen up everybody he has a facebook page. Real deal right here. Soooo legit.

TranceRomance

Haha! Hater! You would be surprised. Beats having a website...in some aspects.

Swiped via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA (Only T-Mo rep still pushing  )  ‎BlackBerry Q10...oh wait a sec....its my new  BlackBerry Z30 (STA100-5), son! The holy grail of phones! Once you go BlackBerry, everything else is wack-berry! LOL!

Kennedy.L

I apologize. That was mean of me but I just couldn't help it.

TranceRomance

It's all good! I didn't take it personal.

Swiped via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA (Only T-Mo rep still pushing  )  ‎BlackBerry Q10...oh wait a sec....its my new  BlackBerry Z30 (STA100-5), son! The holy grail of phones! Once you go BlackBerry, everything else is wack-berry! LOL! #longestsignatureever

axllebeer

Epic! 

Posted from my CB via the power of "Q"

jic999

happy B-Day !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sam Sabri

Wow. That's a really cool story. Didn't know about this. Happy early bday Kev!

bluegreen1965

That's awesome, man! You are most loved by so many. A true gift.

mrlahjr

Mmmmmm. That delicious looking cake. Happy Birthday tomorrow for you. I wonder what kind of cake you'll have tomorrow.

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Kennedy.L

my invite must have gotten lost in the mail

Slash82

Awesome story!
Just stay like you are, Kevin!
Great to have you as the leader of the Crackberry nation!

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juanka22

You're welcome

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OTCHRussell

That's an awesome cake!! Happy Birthday, Kevin.

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ThunderShock2005

Awww!

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SUBLIMINALLYINCORRECT

whoa thorsten is still alive?!!!?

arfin

That was last year

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Alicia Erlich

Thank you for reminding me how short I am next to the crew! I still feel guilty for leaving early as a I had a 6am flight back home! Happy Birthday Kevin!

Anilu7

It was great seeing you at BlackBerry Live (how come no party invite? Huh? Huh? jk :D ) You should have joined me on my 2-day bus ride! :p I saw parts of the US maybe I shouldn't have...

.giggz.

That's great! Didn't know you had pull like that.

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Lanre Folarin

Happy birthday in Advance Kevin

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MrMousey

Lmao!!! Looks like it was an awesomely epic day/night. Thanks for sharing. Happy early birthday Kevin.

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Easy-G

Amazing story! I'd be bawling my eyes out fo sho

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mishakapin

Happy BBday tomorrow Kevin and welcome in Paris next time you are around

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Dmessenger

Cool celebration...

Where is Vivek nowadays?

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Gab Uche

Whoa! Really cool!

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ajiednyquist

Happy Birthday Kevin! May God bless you always. :)

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AnotherBillJ

That birthday cake is really, really COOL!

Cheers. :)

bradpromac

Would take a lot to top that! Have a great Birthday!

AmaZ30ed

mnhockeycoach99

Happy early B-day Kevin!!

Posted via CB10 from my amazing Q10

Himanshu Mehta

Happy Birthday Kevin :)

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Kevin Michaluk

Thanks for all the early bday wishes!

I feel truly #blessed!

Anilu7

Happy birthday, Kevin!

mundo472

A fitting testament to what you do for #TeamBlackBerry and BlackBerry itself, as well as what a decent guy you are.

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Nate650

Wow, unbelievable!

That black food coloring isn't very appetizing. Natural alternative: squid ink. :)

Drew Whiteside

Today I learned that the staff at BlackBerry drink terrible beer.

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Drew Whiteside

Er, Crackberry rather.

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Nate650

I didn't see a decent beer in the video. :(

G-bone

Wow! Blows me away!
You wouldn'ta got that from your other fruits, robots, or windows!
Happy Birthday, tomorrow, Kevin!

#IchooseBlackBerry10

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bbdodgersdude

Chen will never agree to a party. LOL What ever happened to Thorsten Heins and his $22 million severance payment.

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3_M4N

Wow. You know you're a big deal when you have that may n'y BlackBerry a-listers throwing a party for you and your friends. Very cool. Thanks for sharing.

Posted while peeking and flowing on my incredible BBQ10! 

BerryRipe

That's really awesome Kevin! It sounds like it was a blast from the past!

 BlackBerry Q10  Keep The Faith 

Blackberry_Genius

That's Epic, no other way to put it. Your very fortunate to have a moment like that in your life people drool about these things. Happy Birthday and thanks for making Crackberry a huge success.

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UnlimitedEra

That's awesome lol

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BGK

Looks like an awesome time :) I remember those kinds of parties. Now they hurt too much - have learned to pace myself! Lol

BGK

One question - how was that amazing birthday cake functioning? :)

Kevin Michaluk

It rang when you called it. And was delicious. :)

nalin909

Awesome pics lolz ;)
Happy Birthday KEVIN :)

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Mazokun

Wow. Thor is such a nice guy for attending the party \m/

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Drew Oswalt

Thanks for sharing Kevin. It just reinforces how much of a community BlackBerry is.

Will eventually be posted via CB10 on my Z70

Herbie52

Neat to see Thorsten there. What is his position at blackberry now? Beach chair warmer in Hawaii? He should be the COO, and they should have an actor as CEO. Blackberry needs excitement, and stronger marketing...atleast in America.

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pkcable

Damn I wanted to be there last year too! I had a free pass but just could not get the time off from work. :(

bajbajbaj1

Happy Early B-day Kev!!!!!
--Joz

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ThaMunsta

That's fantastic hahaha way to go Kevin. That story maker video oh god aha

Bobert_123

Dat Cake!!

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DaveDSilva

Happy to see you recognized Kevin.

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Rootbrian

That would've been the best birthday ever. :D

Posted via CrackBerry 10 (CB10) application using my BlackBerry Q10.

mhhH4RI

Wow.. it's a berry berry surprising birthday..
Happy birthday, Kevin.. Wish you all the best

Gazza12

That's SOOOO coool !

gagrazal

Happy Birthday Kevin, good surprise .. =)

Ozfork

Happy Birthday Big Fella!!!

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eldricho

That's one epic cake and it's very cool that Thorsten attended! Shows he really had some time for the #1 fan of the company!

An early happy birthday to you CBK!

PS. Simon is taaall!

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dodgerfan_nyc

I'm very curious as to how it could be a FUNCTIONING BlackBerry cake??

Crackberrykills

The cake was able to send BBM and text messages.

mjdimer

Very cool!

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BB_Bmore

All in all I'd say that it's probably feels good being Kevin. The Crack king!

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Korr Valmoria

Belated happy bday kevs!

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Crackberrykills

Simon Sage is a giant. That is all.

Also, this shows what CrackBerry Kevin means to everyone. Even the good folks at BlackBerry know what is up. You are da man! Monumental party.

fooclan

I saw thorsten heins...
what a great man in blackberry history...

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AlKuqo

We share the same birthday :)

agarwal.apar

WOW is the word! WOW! Glad to see you all guys in one video! :D :D

EmaliMcrtny

What a memorable occasion... Happy birthday Kevin!

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PiotrJot

Happy birthday Kevin!

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Etgohomes

Ha ha, I like the cake.I wonder what the black color topping will do to one's lips and tongue.
Thorsein there two?

3Dee

Happy birthday Kevin :)

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Tyche101

HAPPY B'day Kevin!!!
I see you Had fun the year before this, well, no harm in repeating history right? :P

My b'day's on 21st may lol
Missed ya by 5 days there ... and a couple of years :P XD

Zeeeeeeeeeeeeee ^_^

Shannon Stauffer

Happy birthday Kevin!

 OS 10.2.1.2122/STL 100-4/Verizon Z10

Zamal974

Awesome ! What special attention for you Kevin ! It was a great moment !

Happy Birthday From France and Blackberry-FR Team !!!
Enjoy

redchilli88

A Very Happy Birthday from Down Under to you Kevin! :)

Notcho

Simon is taller then TH what a bunch of freaks

C0020AFC4

Arabianhorse

What an incredible Birthday party! Btw my father celebrates his 80th birthday today. Happy Birthday today Kevin. . . And Dad!

STA-100-3 v 10.2.1.3157

BlackBerrari

Happy Birthday Kevin!!!

By the way: where's your wasted pic of last year's party? I mean, it's not that fair to only shows Adam's pic... we want to see yours!!!

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BlackBerrari

Apologies, I've seen the video right now... you look wasted enough for my standards on the last pic of the storymaker video =)

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jclark1021

My Birthday is today as well, only I'm up in mountains fly fishing to celebrate mine. What a nice story Kevin, Happy Birthday!

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brianwiebe

But why a Bold bbos7 cake and not a BB10 cake?

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christoph77

Haha thanks for sharing

C0038297E Quote of the Day (BBM Channel)

gwpattison74

Happy Birthday Kevin. It's my Birthday today too, the big 4-0 for me! Hopefully there will be many more great surprises for us both for years to come! Slàinte Mhath!

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Tatwi

Happy 40th to you!

Posted via CB10 on my BlackBerry Z10!

Shadberry Bold

Happy Birthday Kev!

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Tatwi

Happy birthday, Kevin! And wow, that was a really nice thing for your friends to do for you last year. It's so nice to know that your position in the BlackBerry universe, while unpaid by BlackBerry, is both respected and appreciated. You are important to BlackBerry users, fans, and BlackBerry itself. Thanks for being you.

Posted via CB10 on my BlackBerry Z10!

donemt

Happy Birthday Kevin

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Carjackd

Happy Birthday Kevin!

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BrandonQ10

Happy birthday Kev! Looks like so much fun!!

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pmich

That's truly awesome! Looks like such a great great time! I love that cake.

michael1arnone

Adam looks toasted!

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KikiBWang

Awww... Happy Birthday, Kevin. I hope you have many many more reasons to smile and rejoice in the year ahead xxxxxx

 'n Arsenal by choice! ;-)

David Murray1

Looks like a fun and special moment. Nice to see Thor there lol.

Wish I was popular and had friends.

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BURZIN

Your one lucky dude kevin

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BURZIN

And wish u a very happy happy bday.

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garyvirdi

Happy birthday Kevin.

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rmf_canada

Awesome cake. You almost feel guilty having to eat it.

banbeit

Wow, you're the same birthday with me. :)

KOman

Cake!

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Lee Clark

Great Story Kevin!!!

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