# CCXXIII…”Trekking” for My Friend…

Today, August 19th, is the 42nd birthday of a person that was one of my earliest friends and, although we don’t talk as much as we used to, Mr. Shawn Smith and I have been best friends since the days of grammar school (so very very long ago LOL).  He is a kind-hearted, no nonsense individual that has seen me through my best (and subsequently worst) times.

Honored last year with a post, I wanted to start this post by explaining the title; it comes from the fact that he celebrates his birthday with THREE people associated with “Star Trek”.  Creator Gene Roddenberry (1921-1991), actress Diana Muldaur, who portrayed Dr. Pulaski on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” (as well as Dr. Mulhall in an original “Star Trek” episode) was born in 1938 and actor Jonathan Frakes, who played Commander Riker on “The Next Generation” was born in 1952…talk about a small universe…

Also born on this date are former Cream/Blind Faith drummer Ginger Baker (1939), former Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan (1945), former President (and southpaw) Bill Clinton (1946), actor Gerald McRaney (1948), former Queen bassist John Deacon (1951), former New Orleans Saints kicker Morten Andersen (1960), actor/comedian John Stamos and former Europe vocalist Joey Tempest were both born in 1963, WWE ring announcer and singer Lillian Garcia (1966), rapper Nate Dogg (1969), rapper/actor Fat Joe (1970), and iconic Smallville villain Zod, Callum Blue, was born in 1977.

To Shawn, wishing you the very happiest of birthdays…and many happy more, old friend…

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

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