# CCCI…”Where No One Has Gone Before”…

Today’s post would have celebrated the 84th birthday of one of the most prolific icons in science fiction history, Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015).  Instead, we are all wishing him a happy birthday in the afterlife, which is alright considering the man’s legacy speaks for itself.

In his sixty-plus year career, “Spock”…er, Mr. Nimoy has done everything from acting to writing, including photography and especially his voice-over work, specifically hearing him as the voice of Galvatron, the replacement villain for Megatron in the 1986 movie, The Transformers: The Movie.

A beloved icon whose iconic presence will forever be missed…

Among the list for this date; actor Alan Arkin (1934), actor James Caan (1940), U.S. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (1940), author Erica Jong (1942), all-time diva icon Diana Ross (1944), Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler (1948) and comedienne/singer Vicki Lawrence was born in 1949.

Continuing the list are late R&B icon Teddy Pendergrass (1950-2010), comedian/actor Martin Short (1950), Guardian Angels’ founder Curtis Sliwa (1954), diminutive actress Jennifer Grey (Dirty Dancing‘s “Baby”) was born in 1960, actor Michael Imperioli (1966), country star Kenny Chesney (1968), actress Amy Smart (1976) and actress Keira Knightley was born in 1985.

Thanks for visiting and, as always…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

# CCC…To Amanda…(Trilogy, Part 3)…

It pleases me immensely that my 300th post in the “blogosphere” just happens to coincide with the seventeenth birthday of my brother-in-law’s daughter, Amanda.  In her time in my life, she has gone from (as most kids do) being a mean, mischievous individual to a well-behaved, productive member of the young adult population.  Her continued optimism and cheerful demeanor are all plus reasons that she should be able to tackle anything thrown at her.

To Amanda, nothing but the best of many happy more to come…

Celebrating today are; late magician Harry Houdini (1874-1926), late gangster Clyde Barrow (1909-1934), animator Joseph Barbera (1911-2006), late action star Steve McQueen (1930-1980), actor R. Lee Ermey (most notably from Full Metal Jacket) was born in 1944 and designer Tommy Hilfiger was born in 1951.

Comedian Louie Anderson was born in 1953, actor Robert Carradine and actress Donna Pescow were both born in 1954, football coach Mike Woodson (1958), “99 Luftballoons” singer Nena, wrestling “jobber” Barry Horowitz and actress Kelly LeBrock all born in 1960, talk show maven Star Jones (1962) and pro wrestling’s resident “Deadman”, The Undertaker was born in 1965.

Finishing the list are; actress Lara Flynn Boyle and wrestler Christopher Daniels (1970), actress Alyson Hannigan (1974), former Saints quarterback Aaron Brooks and current Broncos legend Peyton Manning (1976), wrestler Jack Swagger (1982) and NBA star Chris Bosh was born in 1984.

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

# CCXCIX…For Ray (Trilogy, Part II)…

In this abbreviated post (sorry, time constraints), I just wanted to wish my cousin Ray Baker, a fellow southpaw and avid reader (has read ALL POSTS) a Happy Birthday and many happy more!!

Also, among others, today is the birthday of runner Roger Bannister (1929), actor Tony Burton (1937), The Cars’ vocalist Ric Ocasek (1949), former NFL quarterback Ron Jaworski (1951), R & B diva Chaka Khan (1953), designer Kenneth Cole (1954), former NBA star Moses Malone (1955), Gorillaz founder Damon Albarn (1968), NBA coach Jason Kidd (1973) and actress Keri Russell was born in 1976.

Maybe next year, I will have more time…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

# CCXCVIII…To Sandee (Trilogy, Part I)…

My great friend, Sandee Molenda from California, is celebrating a milestone birthday today (can’t mention the number but Sammy Hagar can’t drive it) and, due to her place in my elite circle, she deserves this post, as it is the most fitting way that I can really relate to you just how special her ranking really is.  Our friendship started when she found me on mySpace (talk about memories?), due to her profound love for my favorite hockey team (the Sharks, due to her location very near to our home arena) and her love of writing (she is an accomplished bird-breeder and author in her own right), for which her opinions on my “hobby” are always appreciated.

Since then, she has represented the greatness that can come out of meeting someone on the internet, as she has been a constant reminder to me that, although initial success in something like writing creatively takes time, perseverance is the only true partner for an aspiring author.  Without further embarrassing her (or myself), I will let you all know that, as a fellow Aries, she is one of very few people from the “Left” Coast that I deal with regularly that doesn’t involve my career in the import industry…the place that, although I’ve never been there, calls to my heart with every passing day!

Without further ado, her birthday twins includes such names as; late actor Karl Malden (1902-2009), Hogan’s Heroes colonel Werner Klemperer (1920-2008), the world-renown mime, Marcel Marceau (1923-2007), MAD Magazine illustrator Mort Drucker (1929) and TV evangelist Pat Robertson (The 700 Club) and composer Stephen Sondheim were both born in 1930.

Continuing the list are; the ubiquitous superstar actor William Shatner (1931), Utah senator Orrin Hatch (1934), actor M. Emmit Walsh (1935), jazz great George Benson (1943), author James Patterson (1947), TV journalist Wolf Blitzer and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (both born in 1948), sportscaster Bob Costas (1952) and actor Matthew Modine was born in 1959.

Rounding out this post with a flurry are; former San Jose Shark Todd Ewen (1966), figure skating phenom Elvis Stojko (1972), actress Reese Witherspoon (1976), Limp Bizkit drummer John Otto and NHL journeyman Tom Poti were born in 1977 and Houston Texans’ defensive stalwart J.J. Watt was born in 1989.

Many happy more to you, Sandee…I will make a personal goal to make an appearance in my “sister” state in the not-to-distant future…and I hope you and Selena enjoy your day today (her most recent acquisition, a German Shepherd “puppy”)…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

# CCXCVII…”…Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”…

On this first day of Spring 2015, we in the New York area are bracing for yet another blast from Old Man Winter.  With up to six inches of the damnable white stuff coming, it’s a great thing that March 20 also happens to be the birthdate of late TV host Fred Rogers (1928-2003), who hosted the show (in case you’re too young) “Mister Rogers Neighborhood”; the title of this post was part of the opening theme (sung my Mr. Rogers himself) from 1968 to 2011.

A member of the Television Hall of Fame (rightfully so), Mr. Rogers’ iconic presence was never forced on the youngsters but he became a household icon because of the show which he created to combat some of the “bad programming” of the late sixties and early seventies…an icon who, to this day, is still cherished and revered.

On that note, the rest of the birthday list shows; late game show host Jack Barry (1918-1984), director Carl Reiner (1922), former Barney Miller star Hal Linden (1931), late country star/actor Jerry Reed (1937-2008), and former Lakers and Knicks coach Pat Riley was born in 1945.

Also celebrating today are former alien “Q” from Star Trek‘s spin offs, John de Lancie (1948), guitarist Jimmie Vaughn (Stevie Ray’s brother…plays guitar, too) was born in 1951, radio journalist Mike Francesa (1954), director supreme Spike Lee (1957), former New Orleans Saints’ mainstay Rickey Jackson (1958) and former WCW/TNA and current WWE superstar Sting, who will be competing at the upcoming pay-per-view, was born in 1959.

Finishing today’s post are; actress/furniture designer Kathy Ireland (1963) and current Stone Temple Pilots (and former Linkin Park) frontman Chester Bennington (1976).

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

# CCXCVI…Vixen’s Surprise…

The title of this post is due to the fact that two members of hair metal pioneers Vixen, the all-female rocking group from the late eighties, were born coincidentally on this date in 1962.  Rockers Janet Gardner (vocalist, from Alaska) and Roxy Petrucci (drums, from Michigan) spent the years from 1982 until recently rocking the universe with hits like “Edge of a Broken Heart” and “Cryin'” and, hopefully soon (just because of their place in the pantheon) should end up in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Unfortunately, on a quick side note, they cannot reunite as the originals, which is due to the fact that guitarist Jan Kuehnemund has succumbed to cancer (2013), which is a tragedy in the music world that will always be remembered.

Also celebrating today are such notable individuals as late singer Nat King Cole (1919-1965), former MLB manager Cito Gaston (1944), former “Dallas” star Patrick Duffy (1949), mega-super actor Kurt Russell (1951), actor and bassist Gary Sinise {yes, “Lieutenant Dan”} was born in 1955 and actor Arye Gross, who played in a host of movies in his career, was born in 1960.

The ubiquitously annoying Rob Lowe was born in 1964, Smashing Pumpkins vocalist Billy Corgan was born in 1967, soccer star Mia Hamm (1972), late WWE superstar Andrew “Test” Martin (1975-2009) and former TNA multi-champion Samoa Joe was born in 1979.


# CCXCV…Saturday Spotlight, Vol. XXIII…Lindsey Stirling…

In regards to a conversation that arose between my youngest daughter, Erin, and myself, it is with great pleasure that I really expand my thoughts to my audience about someone whose beautiful music has truly inspired me, as a writer…Miss Lindsey Stirling, a feisty dynamo with a violin.  As far as her being an inspiration to me, I will sum it up with a direct quote from Wikipedia that had caught my eye; “But the only reason I’m successful is because I’ve stayed true to myself!”

Her addition to this pantheon of great artists featured in the Saturday Spotlight is not unmerited, either, for although she has only released two studio albums, she has done collaborative works with artists such as Pentatonix, John Legend and The Piano Guys and she is one of the top stars on YouTube.  Miss Stirling’s penchant for teaching herself how to manipulate a violin WHILE feeding her penchant for dancing, though, is what truly makes her stick out as a rising star in the music industry.

Some of my favorite tracks from her include such hits as “Shadows” (the video features her in a dance “battle” with her own silhouette), “Roundtable Rival” (favorite song chosen by my daughter as well; video features a “steampunk” setting with an awesomely choreographed “music duel”), the title cut from her second album, “Shatter Me”, which features vocals by Lzzy Hale (from Halestorm), and “Moon Trance”, which the video pays homage to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video, with dancing zombies in a graveyard and very well executed.

If you haven’t checked out this pixie-like superstar-in-the-making, you really should, as her music is nothing short of astonishing.  Her continued success in the music industry is a testament to how this world should be.  She continues to amaze me and her non-bubblegum status as a megastar with very little radio airplay is something that, hopefully, will “shatter” the monotony of today’s so-called musicians!

/,,,/ ROCK ON LINDSEY \,,,\