Seldom seen these days a and heard from even less a Ted Turner taped a birthday greeting to CNN that was posted on earlier Monday. 

Turner, 76, founded CNN exactly 35 years ago Monday a to a choir of doubters, cheerleaders, gawkers, and otherwise puzzled bystanders who had no idea what this fascinating man was up to THIS time. (A 24-hour news network? Surely you jest, Mr. Turner). 

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Turner's CNN changed journalism, television and, as a result, history. These past 35 years have had their ups and a few downs. But those facts remain. So happy birthday indeed.

 Here's Turner's video tribute to his creation: