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Mr. Happy Man - Johnny Barnes

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      Johnny Barnes born John James Adolphus Mills on June 23, 1924, is a
      Bermuda native found waving to passing traffic at the Foot of the Lane
      roundabout in Hamilton, Bermuda, from roughly 3:45 am to 10 am, every
      workday, rain or shine. A Bermuda institution mentioned in several
      guidebooks and profiled in a documentary film, he is known for waving
      and saying "I love you, God loves you," to passing commuters during the
      morning rush hour into Hamilton. Due to the unique layout of the island
      and its roads, nearly all drivers at rush hour coming from the western
      and southern areas of the island pass Barnes at the roundabout.

      Barnes, now an elderly pensioner, was an electrician by trade and worked
      on the Bermuda Railroad as an electrician until the railroad closed in
      1948. He then became a bus driver. Barnes was fond of waving to people
      while driving the bus, and would occasionally sit and wave to people on
      his breaks or when coming to work.

      One day in approximately 1986, Barnes stopped at the Crow Lane
      roundabout took up waving to traffic. He has been there almost every day
      since, and local radio stations report receiving frantic calls when
      Barnes is not at his unofficial post. He is occasionally joined by
      people, sometimes costumed, waving signs to promote a charity, event, or

      In the 2011 short-subject documentary, Mr. Happy Man, Barnes identifies
      himself as a religious man, a Seventh-Day Adventist who is motivated to
      share God's love for everyone. Though Barnes will pray with visitors to
      his post if requested, he is not known as a religious proselytizer.

      In November 1998, a group of local businessmen unveiled a life-size
      bronze statue of Barnes blowing kisses in the air. The statue is located
      on Crow Lane just up from the roundabout. Although there were objections
      to spending $70,000 to build a statue to a man still living, Barnes said
      in Mr. Happy Man that he appreciated the gesture while he was still
      alive, saying he wouldn't be able to enjoy it if he were dead.

      Barnes was married in 1949 and still lives with his wife. His wife has a
      cheery disposition because he (Johnny) has "covered her with honey"
      since they were married.


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