# CCLXXIV…”Mikey”s Milestone…

Nabby!

 

The above photo is of one of the most treasured items in my possession, a birthday gift from today’s birthday celebrator, my good friend Mike Reinke, who turns a young 35 years old today.  It was given to me about ten years ago (sorry, time speeds by for those of us elder people) and, although I believe it “may” be worth something due to the fact that the action figure is wearing # 35 (which I don’t think Nabby ever wore), it is never for sale so I don’t know its value…because it’s a priceless artifact for me.

The reason that I have posted this here is because, in this messed up, commercialized society that we live in, I truly value this piece for the simple reason that my friend, who was there for me in my absolute WORST of times, is still a major part in my life and will always be a member of my “family”.  For you see, I have come to realize that, in this life, blood may be thicker than water but there are even fewer people who have touched my life positively…of which, “Mikey” will always be in the Top Three!

In breaking with tradition, I will now present his list of “twins”; symphonic metal giants Epica’s lead singer Simone Simons (1985), current TNA star Samuel Shaw (1984), NBA superstar Dwayne Wade (1982), comedian Zooey Deschanel from “The New Girl” and “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” (1980), former wrestling star Kevin Fertig, who Mikey will know as “Kevin Thorn” (ECW) and “Mordecai” (WWE), was born in 1977, and musical superstar Kid Rock was born in 1971.

Continuing this monumental list for this special occasion are “Hotel Transylvania” director (and “Dexter’s Laboratory”/”Samurai Jack” producer) Genndy Tartakovsky (1970), NHL journeyman (also former San Jose Shark/TV commentator) Jeremy Roenick (1970), rapper Shabba Ranks (1966), First Lady Michelle Obama (1964) and Jim Carrey (1962), who played the role of another January 17th celebrator, late comedian Andy Kaufman (1949-1984).

Moving on, we also have former baseballer Chili Davis (1960), The Bangles’ frontwoman Susanna Hoffs (1959), comedian/talk show host Steve Harvey (1957), singer Paul Young {“Everytime You Go Away”, among others} (1956), country star Steve Earle (1955), American lawyer/radio host Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (1954) and former Rolling Stones’ guitarist Mick Taylor was born in 1949.

Finishing today’s extensive list are pugilistic legend Muhammad Ali (1942), talk show host Maury Povich (1939), late TV puppeteer Shari Lewis (1933-1998), late baseball coach/player/manager Don Zimmer (1931-2014), the ubiquitous voice of Darth Vader, Mr. James Earl Jones (1931), late hairstyling entrepreneur Vidal Sassoon (1928-2012), late actress Eartha “Catwoman” Kitt (1927-2008), and long-time comedienne and truly a light on this planet still, Ms. Betty White was born in 1922.

Sorry to have taken up so much of your time…but this was a story that HAD to be shared…thank you and, to Mikey, MANY HAPPY MORE, BRO!!!

/,,,/ ROCK ON MIKEY \,,,\

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