# CCXLVII…After a Week Hiatus…

Since there’s not too many names on the list today, I just wanted to pop back in and say that, as frustrated as I am by my (fault mine) screwed-up existence, I really can’t stay away for too long.  There’s just too much depressing issues with this world that I have a hard time finding happiness…unless I fake it, which I do every day.

This blog is an outlet for me and my issues…and I thank everyone who has read and will read future posts…as there will be many more to come!

If you haven’t yet, check out last year’s October 30th post and the movie that was released on this date in 1978…”KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park”…one of the cheesiest cult classic movies of all time.

Birthdays today include Jefferson Starship singer Grace Slick (1939), “The Fonz” Henry Winkler (1945), the original “Clash of the Titans” (“Perseus”) star Harry Hamlin (1951), Gwen Stefani’s significant other, Gavin Rossdale (1965), retired WWE superstar Edge (1973) and Donald Trump’s daughter, model Ivanka Trump was born in 1981.

I will try not to stay away as long…

PERSONAL NOTE:  The fact that the Giants are World Champs had everything to do with the fact that the double play in the third inning was ruled by Instant Replay…if not for the multiple glances, and the overturning of the “safe” call at first, it may have gone  against them winning the game.

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


# CCXLVI…Metallica’s 4th Bassist…

Celebrating his 40th today is the most current bass player for my Number 2 band, Metallica…the ever-impressive Robert Trujillo, whose previous bands include such high profile names as Suicidal Tendencies, Infectious Grooves, and Black Label Society.  In case you’re not privy to the band, however, you would think that he’s the third bassist (behind the late legendary Cliff Burton and former bassist now with his own band, Jason Newsted).  {Little known fact; Metallica’s first bassist, a man named Ron McGovney, was not with the band when Kill ‘Em All was released!}

Robert Trujillo, however, admirably filled the shoes left by Burton and Newsted…I saw Metallica for the first time a few years ago (citation pending…I believe I still have the ticket) and, with the band opening the concert with their hit “Battery”, was just astonished by his playing, as he beautifully performed every song like he’d been there since Day One!  A very Happy Birthday on this milestone…and many happy more!!

Also, today would have been the 89th birthday of talk show mogul Johnny Carson (1925-2005).  It is the birthday, as well, of golfer Chi Chi Rodriguez (1935), former (original) New York Cosmos star Pele (1940), Motörhead guitarist Wurzel (1949), country superstar/actor Dwight Yoakam was born in 1956, and “Evil Dead” director Sam Raimi was born in 1959.

Also born in 1959 was comedian/actor/singer “Weird” Al Yankovic, former NFL quarterback (who heyday was actually his college years) Doug Flutie was born in 1962, former MLB pitcher (Yankees and Mets’ alum) Al Leiter was born in 1965, and actor Ryan Reynolds (who will hopefully be cast as “Deadpool” in the pending movie) joined this planet in 1976.

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

# CCXLV…Number 24 for # 9 (Ricky Rubio)…

Today marks the 24th birthday of Minnesota Timberwolves’ point guard, Ricky Rubio, a two-time gold medal winning player for my favorite basketball team (since their inception).  A young, first round draft pick by the ‘Wolves in 2009, he has spent time in his native Spain honing his game so that, hopefully (and if he stays healthy) he and his fellow ‘Wolves can win their first title since becoming the Timberwolves (in case you didn’t know, the L.A. Lakers used to be in Minnesota).

He will be a key component to a rookie-infused lineup, which doesn’t include the other “traitor”, Kevin Love (like Kevin Garnett, who followed the scent of money instead of loyalty)…and I wish him many happy more birthdays!!!  GO WOLVES!!!!

Also, today would have been the birthday of Cuban-American singer Celia Cruz (1924-2003); it is the birthday of “Trixie” from “The Honeymooners”, Joyce Randolph, who was born in 1924, “Judge” Judy Sheindlin (1942), the guitarist for the 80s diva band, The Go-Gos, Charlotte Caffey, was born in 1953, veteran actress Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) was born in 1956, Jade Jagger (yes, Mick’s daughter) was born in 1971 and the ubiquitous “princess”, Kim Kardashian, was born in 1980.

Thank you and, as usual…

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

# CCXLIV…”No Particular Place to Go”…

October 18, for those that are unaware, is the birthday of a true rock pioneer, Mr. Chuck Berry, who was born on this date in 1926.  In his repertoire are the smash hits “Johnny B. Goode”, “Maybelline”, and, of course, the title of this post.  He “duck walked” his way into the inaugural class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (deservedly so) in 1986 and his musical legacy will be around for years to come.

Also born on this date were late actor George C. Scott (1927-1999), “Everybody Loves Raymond” co-star (and Frankenstein from “Young Frankenstein”) Peter Boyle was born in 1933, “Gilligan’s Island”s Mary Ann, Dawn Wells (1938), former Chicago Bears (and New Orleans Saints) coach turned broadcaster Mike Ditka (1939), JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald (1939-1963) and journeyman actor Joe Morton was born in 1947.

Also, Pam Dawber (“Mindy” from Mork and Mindy) was born in 1951, Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory creator Peter Lorre (1952), former tennis pro Martina Navratilova (1956), Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chaci co-star Erin Moran (1960), action movie superstar Jean-Claude Van Damme (also 1960), and for the younger generation, professional skier Lindsey Vonn (1984), actor Zac Efron (1987) and Teen Wolf (the TV series) star Tyler Posey was born in 1991.

With no particular place to go…/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

# CCXLIII…From My Autograph Collection…

Although I haven’t posted pictures of them, which I may at some point, today’s birthday post is about one of the most notorious “heels” (bad guys) in wrestling history; Nikolai Volkoff, who has been in the wrestling industry since 1970.  Born in 1947 and as a member of the WWF in 1984, he and his partner, The Iron Sheik, garnered most of the bad guy vibe that went with them proclaiming that their respective countries were superior to ours.  All of that precluded his eventual induction into the WWE Hall of Fame.

However, it was his appearance at a wrestling gathering in Jersey City which gave me the chance to get his autograph, which I only managed to grab when I saw him at his table…with no one surrounding him…so I made him the first of the four signatures that I got (other three will be named later).

Happy birthday, Nikolai…and many happy more…

Also, today’s list includes late President Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969), late Surgeon General C. Everett Koop (1916-2013), Mr. James Bond himself, Roger Moore (1927), The Moody Blues’ guitarist/singer Justin Hayward (1946), comedian Joey Travolta (1950), actor Greg Evigan (from the classic “BJ and The Bear” TV series) was born in 1953, and singer Thomas Dolby (“She Blinded Me With Science”) was born in 1958.

Actress Lori Petty from “Orange Is The New Black” and “Tank Girl” was born in 1963, current New York Yankees skipper, Joe Girardi, was born in 1964, sportscaster Stephen A. Smith (1967), The Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines was born in 1974, as well as Insane Clown Posse’s Shaggy 2 Dope (1974), and R&B superstar Usher was born in 1978.

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

# CCXLII…”Lennon”-ism…

Today’s post is focused on the fact that today, October 9, would have been the 74th birthday of late Beatles guitarist John Lennon and, in an odd twist of fate, the 39th birthday of lesser known musician Sean Ono Lennon, his son.  A legend in his time, John’s musical contributions will not soon be forgotten…Sean’s legacy is that his father was one of the best musicians of my generation and hasn’t reached the level of his father…yet!

Today is also the birthday of the following; late The Who bassist John Entwistle (1944-2002), musical icon Jackson Browne (1948), Ozzy Osbourne’s wife, Sharon Osbourne was born in 1952, everyone’s favorite germophobe, “Monk”s Tony Shalhoub, was born in 1953, star of “NCIS: New Orleans”, Scott Bakula, was born in 1954 and “Eddie and the Cruisers” star Michael Pare (1958).

Finishing the list are director Guillermo del Toro (1964), late WWE superstar Eddie Guerrero (1967-2005), former ECW legend Stevie Richards (1971), the star of “Superman Returns” (who is also portraying Ray Palmer/The Atom in Season 3 of “Arrow”), Mr. Brandon Routh, was born in 1979, and a name not on the list, Colin Donnell (who played resident southpaw Tommy Merlyn in Season 1 of “Arrow”) was born in 1982.

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

# CCXLI…Eileen Houmis, 10/7/46 – 8/12/11…

This post is to inform you that today, October 7, would have been the 68th birthday of a person whom will always be near to my heart, my late mother-in-law, Eileen.  A gentle soul with a kind heart, she never had a bad word to say…unless you put down her favorite team, as she was a die-hard Yankees fan.  Most of my memories of her include the fact that she would rib on me (all in good manners) because I jumped ship to become a Red Sox fan.  She was a woman that took no nonsense from her son or from any of the grand kids, as she had been through a lot in her life.

I could go on but, in regards to the fact that she is no longer here, I will keep it short…

A gentle soul who was taken earlier than she should have been…RIP Eileen, you deserve it and say hi to Billy Martin and The Babe…


In celebration of the birthday twins, we start the list with South African archbishop Desmond Tutu (1931), comedian/former talk show host (“The View”) Joy Behar (1942), former military pariah Oliver North (1943), Indiana’s resident rocker, John Mellencamp, was born in 1951, current Russian President Vladimir Putin (1952) and media mogul Simon Cowell was born in 1959.

Also on the list are R & B singing star Toni Braxton (1967), current TNA wrestler and ECW/WWE hardcore member Rhino (1975), Oakland Raiders’ mainstay Charles Woodson (1976) and acting twins Aaron Ashmore (Jimmy Olsen from “Smallville”) and Shawn Ashmore (Bobby Drake/Iceman from the X-Men movies) were born in 1979.

/,,,/ ROCK ON EILEEN \,,,\

# CCXL (240)…Anne Rice, A True American Idol…

For those who are unfamiliar with the name, Anne Rice, who was born on this date in 1941, deserves this post as one of my two favorite authors who have had the deepest impact in regards to wanting to continue my writing (the other being the late Dr. Isaac Asimov).  Her ability to paint a picture in words is unsurpassed by many and, if you’ve read ANY of the “Interview With a Vampire” novels or her other writings as A.N. Roquelaure, you would realize that she truly is a gifted individual with a penchant to pique your imagination.

Also, as a native of my personal “sister” city of New Orleans (never been but, as a Saints fan for 25 years, would love to see in the future), her descriptive writings about the city and its rich and storied history are second to none!  She is, and always will be, a muse for this aspiring writer and I wish her nothing more than many happy more birthdays.

Celebrating with her are late actor Charleton Heston (1923-2008), actress Susan Sarandon, who (in case you’re under a rock) starred in the cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, among others (1946), WWF/E matriarch Linda McMahon (1948), actor Armand Assante (1949), actor Bill Fagerbakke (hit series “Coach” AND the voice of Patrick Starfish in “Spongebob Squarepants”, among others) was born in 1957, and Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons was also born in 1957.

Japanese illustrator Kazuki Takahashi, who created the ever-popular Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, was born in 1961, multi-platinum artist Jon Secada (1962), actor Liev Schreiber (former Sabretooth and currently playing “Ray Donovan” on the hit series) was born in 1967, TNA Wrestling’s hardcore icon Abyss turns 41 today (still kicking a**, born in 1973), the beautiful and talented Alicia Silverstone was born in 1976, and up-and-coming actress Dakota Johnson, who will be starring in the movie adaptation of the ubiquitous Fifty Shades of Grey, was born in 1989.

With the 2000 view milestone surpassed, I thank you all and…

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

# CCXXXIX…New Month, New Plateau…

The reason for the weird title is because I couldn’t think of anything clever dealing with today’s birthday celebrators, which is such a hodgepodge of names that don’t actually have anything to do with each other (besides sharing today as their birthday).  The “new plateau” line, however, is due to the fact that I am fast approaching a new milestone; 2000 views for this blog, which I started in December 2012.

Before listing today’s names, I would like to thank my “fans”, friends, and family for giving me the courage to keep this thing going…although at times, I would like to just cut it off, which would disappoint a lot of people, including myself!

Celebrating their birthday today, October 1, are; late actor Walter Matthau (1920-2000), former President Jimmy Carter (1924), late “Happy Days” patriarch Tom Bosley, aka Mr. Cunningham (1927-2010), late “A-Team” star George Peppard (1928-1994), “The Sound of Music”‘s Julie Andrews (1935), and Herb Fame, who was part of the group Peaches & Herb, was born in 1942.

Also on the list are MLB Hall of Famer Rod Carew (1945), “7th Heaven” patriarch and “Revolution” grandpa, Stephen Collins (1947), veteran actor Randy Quaid (the abducted guy from “Independence Day”) was born in 1950, actor Esai Morales of “La Bamba”, among others, was born in 1962, baseball pariah Mark McGwire (1963) and comedian Zach Galifianakis was born in 1969.

Before I go, in case you’re still here…as of this writing, I finished September with 142 views (down 106 from my record in August) and had a mini-streak of 28 days killed (remember, I had a major streak of 135 days earlier this year?  Okay, didn’t think so but…)

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