# CXCIV…For Number 12…

Today is the day that most die-hard New York Jets’ fans should never forget, for it is the birthday of one of the most famous of them all…former QB and Hall of Famer Joe Namath.  Although not the most famous name on the list, he is one of the biggest names in New York football history, cemented only by the fact that he “predicted” that the Jets would beat the heavily-favored Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III (which, if you don’t already know, has been their only title so far).

Without boring you too much, the rest of the birthday twins are as follows:  late actor Don Ameche (from Trading Places from 1983 and Cocoon in 1985) (1908-1993), late English actor and comedian Denholm Elliott, who was also in Trading Places, ironically, and in a couple of the Indiana Jones movies (1922-1992), multi-faceted Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood (1930), late singer/songwriter Johnny Paycheck (“Take This Job and Shove It”) (1938-2003), guitarist Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary (1938), and actress Sharon Gless from Cagney and Lacey was born in 1943.

Late Led Zeppelin drummer John “Bonzo” Bonham, whose son Jason could follow if there was to be a reunion, was born in 1948 (1948-1980), veteran thespian Tom Berenger (1949), the singer of the original version of “Turn the Beat Around”, Miss Vicki Sue Robinson (1954-2000), former 80s heartthrob Corey Hart (“Sunglasses At Night” and “Never Surrender”) was born in 1962, rap icon Darryl McDaniels of Run-DMC (1964), the always lovely and talented Brooke Shields (1965) and Irish actor and portrayer of Bullseye in Daredevil, Mr. Colin Farrell was born in 1976.

So concludes this final edition for May 2014…I thank everyone for perusing, because it is very humbling to be doing this for such a receptive audience…and, without you, I wouldn’t still be here…Thank you!

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


# CXCIII…Cornucopia of Weirdness…

The title doesn’t specifically mean anything, insofar as today’s date is concerned.  The title is just to let you know that it’s just a bunch of names today that hold no significant meaning to the day for me personally.

For today’s list, we’ll start with the author of the James Bond novels, the late Sir Ian Fleming (1908-1964), former NBA star (and the southpaw behind the logo) Jerry West was born in 1938, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani and R & B icon Gladys Night were born in 1944, frontman for Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Fogerty was born in 1945, late punk rock pioneer Wendy O. Williams (1949-1998), former L.A. Dodgers mainstay Kirk Gibson (1957), and horror movie goddess Ashley Laurence (“Hellraiser”) was born in 1966.

The final names of the list today are TNA commentator Jeremy Borash (1977), talk show diva Elizabeth Hasselbeck (1977) and current WWE star (in the faction known as The Shield) Seth Rollins was born in 1986.

Again, sorry not sorry about wasting your “time” but a lot of you need your education about weirdness…and I’m a good teacher…

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

# CXCII…Weekend of Bliss, 2014…

In opposite comparison to my weekend 15 years ago (read two previous posts to understand the reference), this weekend, which, unlike that year was not Memorial Day weekend, I have just experienced the best weekend that I’ve had in a long while.  For the first time in about five weeks, I had the unique experience that is the presence of my ex-wife and my youngest daughter (and fellow Aries) Erin.  This story is being written after their early departure.

The highlight for me personally was taking my daughter to the theater, obviously to see the blockbuster that is X-Men: Days of Future Past…and, without giving spoilers, this is no surprise the Number One movie this weekend.  Coupling this massive event with the fact that it was a bonding moment with my fourteen-year-old on the darkest calendar marks…truly along the lines of watching her birth.

As far as the movie is concerned, as a major fanboy of the story that it’s based on, it deviates slightly…no spoilers…but, over all, it was a spectacularly made film!  With the usual actors reprising there roles and the new characters that appear for the movie’s massive storyline, it was an exasperating experience in 3D (another plus with my child!!!!) and a wonderful movie that you should see.

Winding down an awesome weekend, and currently enjoying sunny skies in New York…

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

# CXCI…Weekend From Hell, 1999…Part II

Saturday, May 22, 1999…After getting home at about 3 AM, due to the fact that, after we (my wife, brother and myself) met with the immediate family at the hospital and just congregated together in a diner, I had an early morning flight out of Newark Airport.  The plane was exciting, as I’d never been on a jumbo jet (very surreal experience for someone who’s afraid of heights), but the most exciting part was the 45 minute layover in another time zone (Chicago), which went very quickly and, when I’d arrived in Florida to collect my daughter Mena, the late afternoon “Floridian thunderstorm”…you know, sky goes black, pours for about 15 minutes and is bright and sunny again afterwards.  Early bedtime meant another early morning flight back to Jersey…

Sunday, May 23, 1999…Suffering from lack of sleep previously and the jet lag that followed my flight yesterday and the 3 hour layover (with my seven-year-old), I greeted my brother Fred with “How’s it going?”, like I had been gone for a month…and proceeded to reunite my child with some of her family left in Jersey and my friends, as well.  Upon arriving to my house, my wife told me that she had plans to order the WWF pay-per-view, “In Your House”…to help ease my mind of the horrors yet to come with the funeral.

Making this long story short, it was in the middle of that program that Jim Ross, the announcer, had made an announcement about an accident involving veteran Owen Hart…his Blue Blazer character was supposed to enter the ring on a harness from the rafters…in which his harness was not hooked properly and he fell into the ring, hitting his head on a turnbuckle on the way down.  The story was furthered later stating that he was not alive anymore…a sad end to a brilliant career and my maniacal weekend.


Thank you to all who’ve read this recantation from my faulty memory…it felt uplifting to relive that weekend.  I’m not sure when I will get a chance to share such a weird story…

/,,,/ ROCK ON OWEN (05/07/1965 – 05/23/1999) FOREVER MISSED \,,,\

# CXC (190)…Weekend From Hell, 1999…Part I

I had made plans, due to my wife’s encouragement, to retrieve my eldest daughter Mena (who was seven at the time) from her mother, who was living in Florida; this arrangement was made due, in part, to my father’s already failing health.  I had set up a bargain basement flight schedule, which included a layover in Chicago on the way down and Dulles Airport in Washington on the way back.  This was planned for the weekend of May 22 and 23 of 1999.

Thursday night, May 20, my wife and I had contacted my brother, Fred, and made arrangements to take a trip to the hospital to see Dad and to inform him of the fact that his eldest granddaughter would be coming back to Jersey and would be in our company on Sunday.  So, on Friday, I made it through work thinking about the after hours plans that we’d made.

On Friday afternoon, after working a full eight hours and looking forward to my one-day excursion to the Sunshine State, I was pretty excited as I got off the train and headed to the rendezvous point for my brother and my wife’s arrival…needless to say, that was the last bit of positive and good excitement that I’d had!

When we arrived at the hospital, my Dad had already passed…the oddest thing, though, was that, when I confronted a nurse about my father’s status, she turned pale as a ghost…and explained what had happened.  We then waited for the rest of my family to arrive at the hospital and, through the commotion and comeraderie that followed, I really don’t remember much more about THAT night…as my attention was focused on the next day’s activities.

RIP Fredrick H. Johnson, 07/08/31 – 05/21/99 … /,,,/ ROCK ON DAD, WE MISS YOU \,,,\

# CLXXXIX…Benefit at Junior’s, Selden, NY

This afternoon, at Junior’s Rock n Cafe in Selden, NY, is a benefit concert for my brother Fred, who survived what many people don’t know about…eye cancer.  I don’t really know much about it myself but my brother is happy that he made the decision to the only option for him.  He has taken his right eye out…and his inner strength has allowed him the outstanding strength to proceed with that option.

Just a PSA for you all…/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

# CLXXXVIII…”Miss Jackson…If You’re Nasty”…

Yes, as the title implies, it is the 48th birthday of the youngest member of The Jacksons’ musical family, as Miss Janet was born today in 1966.  As an accomplished entertainer, her works have only been rivaled by her brother Michael in terms of overall longevity and success.  She has also been an actress on such 70s and 80s classic shows like Good Times, Diff’rent Strokes, and Fame.  Of course, I will cut this off with the fact that she also changed TV with the infamous Super Bowl “wardrobe malfunction”…but that was a minor speed bump in her long, storied career.

Also celebrating today would have been veteran actor Henry Fonda (1905-1982), flamboyant pianist Liberace (1919-1987), former Yankee manager Billy Martin (1928-1989), the original “Batgirl” from the original ’60s Batman, Yvonne Craig (1937), the star of Machete and its sequel (and a TON of other movies), Danny Trejo was born in 1944, former James Bond Pierce Brosnan (five points if you know his original starring role LOL) was born in 1953 and former gymnast Olga Korbut was born in 1955.

Also born in 1955 was classic 80s actress Mare Winningham, former NBA star and actor John Salley was born in 1964, “Bones” and former “Angel” David Boreanaz (1969), former “Growing Pains” co-star Tracey Gold (1969), the ever popular daughter of producer Aaron Spelling, Tori Spelling was born in 1973, and (forgive the pun) the always foxy Megan Fox was born in 1986.

Sorry to interrupt your lives again…wait, no I’m not…thanks for reading a weird post…

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

# CLXXXVII…Quirky Stories from my Youth…

Today’s post is because there are two names on the list that have brought back a lot of great memories for me.  The first, late science fiction writer Roger Zelazny (1937-1995), whose Chronicles of Amber novels I was reading back in my early twenties while I was living in Highlands, NJ.  Traveling on the long commuting bus ride to New York, I had a lot of free time and his novels were very intriguing to me.  He was a brilliant science fiction author whose extensive works you should add to your readers (Kindle, Nook, etc.)…

The other name front-and-center is former actress-turned-martial artist Imogen Boorman (1971) and it’s not surprising if the name doesn’t ring a bell…she had one good role that brought her to my attention.  She played the “mute” character of Tiffany in Hellraiser III and was so cute that I actually had a crush on her (but, like all other women, she doesn’t know I exist).

Today’s list also includes superior actor Harvey Keitel (1939), the late Ritchie Valens [“La Bamba”] (1941-1959), former Red Sox (among others) manager Bobby Valentine (1950), NBA bad boy Dennis Rodman (1961), political comedian/talk show host Stephen Colbert (1964), former Hootie and the Blowfish vocalist (and country star now) Darius Rucker (1966), retired NHLer Darryl Sydor (1972) and “Twilight”s Robert Pattinson (1986).

I now return you to your regularly scheduled lives…

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

# CLXXXVI…Story Time…

Today, ironically enough, is the birthday of a former WWF superstar, Tito Santana, who was born in 1953…and a flashback hits me.  Of a time when I met him and got his autograph…at a function in Jersey City, along with Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, Buff Bagwell and Nickolai Volkoff.  It was a really interesting night spent away from my home…and I had a wonderful time.  It wasn’t the extravaganza that is WWE but it was a fun night.

It is also the birthday of punk music icon Sid Vicious (1957-1979) and musical genius Bono (1960)…really short post because I’m outside enjoying Spring!!!

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

# CLXXXV…Birthday Wishes on an “Arrow” High…

Last night, I had the opportunity to witness the BEST almost season-finale of my favorite show, “Arrow”…which stars today’s celebrator, Mr. Stephen Amell, who, in case you haven’t seen the show yet, is coming into his own as a top action star.  He is, in my opinion, the bar in which others should be measured…and unless you watch the show, that fact cannot be disputed.

For Mr. Amell, his birthday twins include; former President Harry S Truman (1884-1972), the comedic genius Don Rickles (1926), late boxer Sonny Liston, whose birthday is listed as “disputed” on Wikipedia (1932-1970), late 50s heartthrob Ricky Nelson (1940-1985), singer Toni Tennille (of Captain and Tennille fame) was born in 1940, iconic drummer Alex Van Halen (1953), former NFL coach turned analyst Bill Cowher (1957), former NFL great Ronnie Lott (1959), original San Jose Sharks’ draftee Ray Whitney (1972) and Latin sensation (and Julio’s son) Enrique Iglesias was born in 1975.

Having given you this second birthday post for Mr. Amell, I just wanted to say thank you for all of you that have been reading…I continue because ALL of the views that I accumulate make me happier beyond words…GO TEAM ARROW!!!

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