# DXXIV…For My Mom’s Cowboys…

Today, February 9th, is former Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback and punter Danny White (1952) and the only reason that he is important to me is because of my late mother’s fanaticism of the Dallas Cowboys, where he played from 1976 to 1988. He is currently the color commentator for the Cowboys and has been since 2011.

He also served double duty as their punter, which is kind of weird considering the sport and its’ nuances. I mean, quarterback who stays on the field in Dallas for all four downs…sorry, I am a Saints’ fan (no better, I know) and that tells you a lot about how football has changed since back then…but, at least, he did win a championship (Super Bowl XII) and you can’t take that away from him.

Late singer Ernest Tubb (1914-1984), late baseball star Clete Boyer (1937-2007), singer Carole King (1942), actor/comedian Joe Pesci (1943), actress Mia Farrow (1945), former “Who’s The Boss” star Judith Light (1949) and veteran actor Jim J. Bullock (1955) are just some of the stars who are twins of Mr. White.

Also on the list are; former New York Mets’ star Mookie Wilson (1956), former baseball journeyman John Kruk (1961), country superstar Travis Tritt (1963), sportscaster Ian Eagle (1969) and veteran wrestling diva Shelly Martinez, who wrestled in WWE as Ariel and TNA as Salinas was born in 1980.

Back with more from the left soon…

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`# DXXIII…Groundhog Day Celebration…and Debunking…

It has come to this writer’s attention that a lot of people are delusional when it comes to the traditional “Groundhog Day” festivities.  You know the ones…groundhog comes out of his hole and, if he sees his shadow and goes back in his hole, there will be six more weeks of wintery weather.  However, if he doesn’t see his shadow, there will apparently be a shorter winter.

Please allow me to set the record straight…on the calendar, the distance from February 2 to March 21 is about SIX WEEKS…tells you something, doesn’t it?

It is also the birthday of the following persons; Chicago Bears’ legend George Halas (1895-1983), author Ayn Rand (1905-1982), comedian Tom Smothers of The Smothers Brothers (1937), guitarist/singer Graham Nash (1942) and Lt. Data from the “Star Trek” universe, Brent Spiner, was born in 1949.

Also, on this superstitious date, are the following celebrators; “Dog the Bounty Hunter” star Duane Chapman (1953), former supermodel (and still vivacious) Christie Brinkley (1954), former San Jose Sharks’ phenom goalie Arturs Irbe (1967), Latina sensation Shakira (1977) and current New Jersey Devils’ right wing Jordin Tootoo was born in 1983.

Until next time from the left…

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# DXXII…For The Original “Bull”…

Today, in 1943, actor Richard Moll was born in Pasadena, California.  This normally wouldn’t mean anything but the fact is that I enjoyed watching this gigantic actor portraying bailiff Bull Shannon on the hit TV show, “Night Court”.  However, being that his career began in 1967, it was just one of the many big- and small-screen works that the man has been involved in…a laundry list that you can peruse yourself…if you so choose.

Also celebrating this date with him are; fellow comedian/actor Rip Taylor (1934), late TV mogul Brandon Tartikoff (1949-1997), former famed wrestling trainer Bruce Hart (1951), golf superstar Mark O’Meara (1957), former San Jose Sharks’ goalie phenom Kelly Hrudey (1961) and ubiquitous comedienne Julia Louis-Dreyfus was also born in 1961.

Country superstar Trace Adkins was born in 1962, actress Penelope Ann Miller (1964), actor Patrick Dempsey was born in 1966, actress Traci Bingham (1968), actress Nicole Eggert (1972), everyone’s favorite elf, Orlando Bloom, was born in 1977 and former career New York Jets’ center Nick Mangold was born in 1984.

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# DXXI…Versatile Actor Known for His Voice…

Today, January 5th, is also the birthday (for those of you celebrating) of veteran actor Clancy Brown (1959), whose face you may recognize if you’re a fan of such great movies as “The Shawshank Redemption” {Captain Byron Hadley}, “Starship Troopers” {Sgt. Charles Zim} and TV’s “The Flash” {great villain General Wade Elling}.  For those of you, however, not old enough to remember those movies, his VOICE has been his calling card; since 1999, the man has been the voice of the iconic cheapskate Mr. Krabs on “SpongeBob SquarePants”!!!!

In addition to holding that role, he has appeared in a myriad of voice-over works, including Lex Luthor (various DC comics cartoons), Thunderbolt Ross/Red Hulk (in a couple of Marvel cartoons), Dr. Neo Cortex (“Crash Bandicoot” video games) and Hades in the smash video game “God of War III”.  Considering he’s been around the industry since 1983, I figured that, even if you don’t know his face, you should at least know that he’s a twin for today.

More birthday twins include; late actress (and former wife of Ronald Reagan) Jane Wyman (1917-2007), former Vice President Walter Mondale (1928), late dancing icon Alvin Ailey (1931-1989), superstar actor Robert Duvall (1931), talk show magnate Charlie Rose (1942), actress Diane Keaton (1946), former “The Love Boat” bartender Ted Lange (1948), “Dancing With the Stars” judge extraordinaire Carrie Ann Inaba (1968), scary heavy metal icon Marilyn Manson (1969), actor Bradley Cooper (1975) and phenom DJ Deadmau5 (1981).

Happy birthday to all celebrating and, as always…

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# DXX…Saints’ “Marching” Leader…

In case you’re celebrating today, December 29th, as your birthday, one of your twins is actually the current head coach of the one-time champion New Orleans Saints, Mr. Sean Payton (1963).  This probably doesn’t mean anything to you except if you happen to be a fan of the team (at least, I am).  However, his tenacity to continue with the team that he has led to victory remains a key focal point as to why he is here.

Following a not-so-stellar career as a quarterback, his stays as coach for San Diego State University, Indiana State and Miami (OH) propelled him into the NFL, with teams like Philadelphia and the New York Giants before becoming just the tenth coach in New Orleans history…and the first one in the franchise’s 40-plus year history to win a title…which means he IS a celebrity twin of noteworthiness.

Also celebrating today are/were; late Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley (1917-1998), actress Inga Swenson (1932), acting legend Mary Tyler Moore (1936-2017), Miami Dolphins’/Marlins’ owner Wayne Huizenga (1937-2018) and former pop icon Marianne Faithfull was born in 1946.

Former “Cheers” star Ted Danson (1947), The Offspring guitarist Dexter Holland (1965), actor Jude Law (1972) and comedian Danny McBride (1976) finish today’s short list.

Hopefully, as this year’s football schedule comes to close, I will be able to edit this column next year to show “2-time champion”…but, as I know from previous experiences, anything can happen!!!!

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# DXIX…RIP to Late Marvel Great…

{Author’s Note:  The following is an exact copy-and-paste from my “late” book and was written about two years ago…minus editing, of course…}

Today, December 28th, is the birthday of the biggest thing to come out of Marvel Comics, ever…Stan Lee (1922-2018), the innovator of the comic book franchise’s most valuable commodities. Born in 1922 in New York, the town where most of the character’s locations are based, he had been a part of Marvel Comics since 1961 and his works are just too numerous to mention at this time.

You also know that I know, like many who’ve followed his career, that he had appeared (in minor cameos, mind you) in at least 25 comic book-based movies…you’ll know him when you see him. His contributions to the comic book world more than merit his position in those films…and here, as well. EXCELSIOR!

Also celebrating with the legend (and you, my reader) are/were; veteran actress Maggie Smith (1934), former wrestling star Lanny Poffo (1954), superstar actor Denzel Washington (1954), former NHL legend Ray Bourque (1960), former NHL journeyman Rob Niedermayer (1974), singing star John Legend (1978), TNA wrestler {from New Orleans} Taryn Terrell (1988) and singer David Archuleta was born in 1990.

Thank you again for coming…hope you come back soon…I know I will!

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# DXVIII…Late Musical Twins…

If you celebrate December 22nd as your birthday, you also just happen to celebrate it on the same day as late famous musicians Maurice and Robin Gibb (1949-2003, -2012), better known as part of the best-selling pop act The Bee Gees.  They were both born on this date and their careers spanned from 1955 to 2003 and 2012, respectively.

Responsible for such hits as “Tragedy”, “Stayin’ Alive”, and “I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You”, the group itself was very popular between 1967 and 1980.  That, in itself, is enough to warrant a mention of their talents here…after all, they practically flourished during the disco era, a bygone era of pretty eclectic music.

Also, celebrating today are/were; late actress Barbara Billingsley (1915-2010), late game show host Gene Rayburn (1917-1999), veteran actor Hector Elizando (1936), former pitchers Jerry Koosman (1942) and Steve Carlton (1944) and television personality Diane Sawyer was born in 1945.

Former L.A. Dodgers’ great Steve Garvey (1948), Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen (1948), veteran superstar actor Ralph Fiennes (1962) and singer Jordin Sparks (1989) finish today’s short list.

Until next time…and thanks for coming!

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# DXVII…For a Premier Rock Drummer…

Today, December 20th, is the birthday of KISS drummer Peter Criss (1945), and there is a good reason that his name is premiering on this list…his name is synonymous with the greatest rock band of this era of music history.  Besides, not only is he an accomplished drummer and vocalist (“Beth” is one of my all-time favorites!), but he (and the rest of the band) appeared in the cult classic “KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park” {which I’ve written about}…making him an actor, as well.

However, I would be remiss to mention that, in addition to his tenures with the rock gods, he has also had a pretty successful solo projects…I mean, he has been in the industry since 1964; a forty-plus year career that deserves all the kudos that he’s earned in my eyes!

Also celebrating today are/were; late comedian Charlie Callas (1927-2011), former “Magnum, P.I.” co-star John Hillerman (1932), “Law & Order” creator Dick Wolf (1946), keyboardist/producer Alan Parsons (1948), Dethklok (speed death metal giants) creator Mike Keneally (1961), R & B star JoJo (1990) and BabyMetal superstar (they’re different and wonderful) Suzuka Nakamoto, aka Su-Metal, was born in 1999.

Hope you enjoyed your addition to my view counter…it makes my heart happy when it goes up…and that’s why I’m still doing this!

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# DXVI…A Late, Great Hall-of-Famer (NFL)…

Today’s date, December 19th, is in remembrance of one of the NFL’s greatest defensive players ever…late journeyman Reggie White (1961-2004), whose career in the defunct USFL led to a stellar, award-winning and championship NFL seasons with the Eagles, Packers and Panthers.  A two-time sacks leader, his championship in Super Bowl XXXI, as a member of the Green Bay team, was a dominant show over the pre-Tom Brady New England team that year.

Born in Chattanooga, TN, on this date in 1961, he is a multi-time Hall of Famer (NFL, Green Bay and Philadelphia) and his number (#92) has been retired by those teams and college’s Tennessee Volunteers…which is a clear testament to the impact that he had on the game that he loved playing until his untimely death at 43 years young.

Also celebrating today are/were; late Russian leader Leonid Brezhnev (1906-1982), late country entertainer Little Jimmy Dickens (1920-2015), former Detroit Tigers’ legend Al Kaline (1934), late “Spencer: For Hire” actor Robert Urich (1946-2002) and “Flashdance” star Jennifer Beals was born in 1963.

Supermagician Criss Angel (1967), veteran NBA star (and former Timberwolves’ star) Tom Gugliotta (1969), vivacious actress Alyssa Milano (1972), former NFL star Warren Sapp (1972) and actor Jake Gyllenhaal was born in 1980.

Thank you, as always, for entertaining me with your presence…it means a lot to me!

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# DXV (515)…Hall of Fame Catcher’s 71st…

December 7th, which is also known for the 1941 bombing of Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor, is also the birthdate of one of major league baseball’s greatest catchers; former Cincinnati Reds star Johnny Bench (1947). A first-ballot member of the Hall of Fame, his career speaks for itself; fourteen-time All-Star, including a thirteen year streak, two-time World Series champ (including the 1975 win over the Red Sox), and ten-time Gold Glove winner…the man was a legend in my generation.

However, the most remarkable thing about the man’s career is that, in this day and age of “money talks”, he spent his ENTIRE career with the Cincinnati Reds…and the fact that no other Reds’ player can wear his Number 5 uniform is another testament as to why his name belongs here!

Also celebrating on this date are/were; late New York-born actor Eli Wallach (1915-2014), late comedian/actor Ted Knight (1923-1986), actress Ellen Burstyn (1932), late folk legend Harry Chapin (1942-1981) and late game show host Peter Tomarkin {“Press Your Luck”} (1942-2006).

In addition, singer Tom Waits (1949), NBA legend Larry Bird (1956), late wrestling personality Rick Rude (1958-1999), actor C. Thomas Howell (1966), New York Yankees’ legend Tino Martinez (1967), NFL great Terrell Owens (1973) and wrestling superstar Dean Ambrose (1985) also celebrate today.

Don’t know when I’ll be back, but it should be soon…Until then, thank you and…

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