Kim Ramsey and Melissa Isaacs went to great lengths to ensure that the 40th birthday party at Lord Lindsey Saturday night for Tom Ramsey and Greg Isaacs really was a surprise. The signs at the entrance said "Junior League Social." Ramsey got suspicious when a photographer showed up at the Isaacs & Ramsey law firm the week before. He wasn't entirely satisfied when he was told that she was doing a photo essay of young Democrats, since he figured that he and his partner were pushing 40 and therefore no longer young. Isaacs remained blissfully ignorant of the unfolding event until just a few minutes before when someone at another party asked if it was his birthday or something.
The party was attended by 240, including the Isaacs kids Mary Grace, Zachary, Jacob and Jared, assorted politicos, movers, shakers, Nucleus Knoxville types, party animals and legends in their own minds. A high point came late in the evening when the birthday boys unwrapped gifts, including a blow-up doll that party-goers kept trying to prop up next to Tim Burchett, who ran like a scalded dog.