# LXXIV…To the best day of my life…

Thirteen years ago today, in my hometown of Jersey City, I was a witness to one of the greatest events of my lifetime…witnessing the birth of my youngest daughter, Erin.  Today, she joins the ranks of the “teenager” crowd, and I am hoping that she turns out just like her older sister; insofar as not to be a nuisance to society.

That having been said, I present to you the somewhat abbreviated list of birthdays, in her honor:  Actors Spencer Tracy (1900-1967), Bette Davis (yes, the one from the 80’s hit) (1908-1989), Gregory Peck (1916-2003), author of “Airplane” and “Hotel” Arthur Hailey (1920-2004), actor Frank Gorshin, who played The Riddler in the 60’s Batman series (1933-2005), former U.S. General Colin Powell (1937), The Hollies’ singer Allan Clarke (1942), late astronaut Judith Resnik, who was one of the astronauts killed on Challenger with Christa McAuliffe (special note for my child) (1949-1986), actor Mitch Pileggi (X-Files actor) (1952) and wrestling stars Diamond Dallas Page (1956) and Ashley Fliehr (the daughter of wrestler Ric Flair and up-and-comer in WWE)  (1986).

Also, of note, it just happens to be the anniversaries of big deaths in the music community:  1994 saw the demise of Kurt Cobain, 2002 was the year that Alice in Chains vocalist Layne Staley left us, and former KISS guitarist Mark St. John was lost on April 5, 2007.

To my child on her very special day, I hope you enjoy it and many happy more, little one…you are one of my inspirations and I love you very much.



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