Monday, December 11, 2006

advent journal: you say it's your birthday

I'm minutes away from completing my fiftieth year on the planet. I would like to anticipate that moment by paying homage to those with whom I share a birthday:

  • 1673 Ahmed III 23rd sultan (Turkey, 1703-30)
  • 1745 John Jay diplomat (NY-Governor)
  • 1792 Alexandros Ypsilanti Greek resistance fighter
  • 1805 Henry Wells founder (American Express Company & Wells Fargo & Company)
  • 1805 William Lloyd Garrison abolitionist publisher (The Liberator)
  • 1821 Gustave Flaubert Rouen Normandy France, novelist (Madame Bovary)
  • 1835 Georges Jean Pfeiffer composer
  • 1863 Edvard Munch Norway, painter/print maker (The Scream)
  • 1913 Jesse Owens US, track star (4 golds 1936), spoiled Hitler's Olympics
  • 1914 Patrick O’ Brian, England, novelist (Master and Commander)
  • 1915 Frank Sinatra Hoboken NJ, singer/actor (old blue eyes/chairman of board)
  • 1923 Bob Barker Darrington WA, game show emcee (Price is Right)
  • 1924 Edward I Koch New York NY, (Mayor-D-NY, 1977-89)/judge (People's Court)
  • 1925 Cora Lee Johnson social activist for rural poor
  • 1928 Helen Frankenthaler New York NY, abstract expressionist artist (Arden)
  • 1938 Connie Francis Newark NJ, singer/actress (Where the Boys Are)
  • 1940 Dionne Warwick East Orange NJ, singer (Solid Gold, Way to San Jose)
  • 1942 Mike Pinder Birmingham England, rocker (Moody Blues)
  • 1943 Grover Washington Jr jazz artist (Mr Magic)
  • 1943 Dickey Betts West Palm Beach FL, guitarist (Allman Brothers-Ramblin' Man)
  • 1946 Emerson Fittipaldi Brazil, Indy-car racer (over 10 wins)
  • 1952 Cathy Rigby McCoy Los Alamitos CA, gymnast (Olympics-4th-1968, 1972)
  • 1957 Sheila E. San Franciso CA, disco drummer (Krushgrove, Holly Rock)
  • 1962 Tracy Austin Rolling Hills CA, tennis pro (US Open 1979, 81)
  • 1970 Jennifer Connelly Brooklyn Heights NY, actress (Labyrinth, Rocketeer)
  • 1970 Madchen Amick Reno NV, actress (Shelly Johnson-Twin Peaks)
From depressed artists to race car drivers to lounge lizards to psychic friends. Go figure.



Anonymous said...

What an esteemed crowd! Happy Birthday. (I turned 50 last March and it's not so bad.) Have you joined AARP yet?

The Cubicle Reverend said...

And Shiela E! none the less.

sheepdays said...

"Come on down!" Happy birthday!

gander said...

I can't believe Mike Pinder is 64 and Dickie Betts is 63. I just bought those records, didn't I?! :)

Happy birthday, all of you.