9 May – They get a hit off atomic pollution, they wouldn’t feel it anyway

Winners one day, tail-enders the next. It’s all good fun. We love them all, as they’ve done something most of us will never do.

Today’s birthday boy Timo Kojo was there all the way back in 1982. Yes, there were contest then, too. He thought he’d hit a nerve with a song about potential global thermonuclear conflict. Luckily, we’re still here, so his song hasn’t quite come to pass yet. In fact, as it was a little startling in lyric, the jurors of 17 other countries didn’t want to endorse his thoughts. He scored a duck egg.

Kojo is 66 today.

Hyvää syntymäpäivää, Kojo!