# CCCIII…My Inker…and Good Friend…

Today, March 30, is the birthday of the person that has permanently infused ink into my skin, my tattoo artist and roommate Fred.  As he probably will not expect the notoriety, I will just be quick in relating to you that he is the only person that has come near me with a tattoo gun because I trust in his hand…maybe someday soon, like after they are finished, I will post them here, because of the underlying meaning…which he has captured perfectly.

Without any further ado, I will present you with his twins list:  actor Warren Beatty (1937), guitarist extraordinaire Eric Clapton (1945), actor/comedian Paul Reiser (1957), voice actor Maurice LaMarche (1958), rapper MC Hammer (1962), singer Tracy Chapman (1964), actor Ian Ziering (1964), and singer Celine Dion was born in 1968.

Many happy more, Fred…

Short post today…too much writing this month…even more coming…

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


# CCCII…”I Heard Colors…” {Post # 275}

This post’s title is one of the funniest quotes by birthday celebrator Conchata Ferrell (1943), the award-winning comedienne that played Berta on the hit sitcom Two and a Half Men, which (in case you didn’t know ended its twelve-year run this season!).  The line is in response to a query by Ashton Kutcher’s Walden, when she is asked about whether she “heard” anything in regards to a break-in, which is why I chose that line…it’s just classic comedy!

Mrs. Ferrell’s career spans an amazing 40 years (active since 1974) and includes a lot of work on television (L.A. Law, E/R {the sitcom with Elliot Gould from 1984-85}, Hearts Afire, etc.) and countless film appearances but it will be her twelve years on the hit CBS sitcom that will forever cement her place in comedy’s upper echelon.

Happy birthday, Mrs. Ferrell…and many happy more!

Also celebrating today; comedienne/country music diva icon Reba McEntire (1955), gymnastics idol Bart Conner (1958), along with late WWF/WWE superstar Curt “Mr. Perfect” Hennig (1958-2003), actor Vince Vaughn (1970), veteran hockey veteran Keith Ktachuk (1972), late wrestling star Umaga (1973-2009), current music diva Lady Gaga (1986) and current San Jose Sharks phenom Logan Couture was born in 1989.

More soon…I promise…

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# CCCI…”Where No One Has Gone Before”…

Today’s post would have celebrated the 84th birthday of one of the most prolific icons in science fiction history, Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015).  Instead, we are all wishing him a happy birthday in the afterlife, which is alright considering the man’s legacy speaks for itself.

In his sixty-plus year career, “Spock”…er, Mr. Nimoy has done everything from acting to writing, including photography and especially his voice-over work, specifically hearing him as the voice of Galvatron, the replacement villain for Megatron in the 1986 movie, The Transformers: The Movie.

A beloved icon whose iconic presence will forever be missed…

Among the list for this date; actor Alan Arkin (1934), actor James Caan (1940), U.S. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (1940), author Erica Jong (1942), all-time diva icon Diana Ross (1944), Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler (1948) and comedienne/singer Vicki Lawrence was born in 1949.

Continuing the list are late R&B icon Teddy Pendergrass (1950-2010), comedian/actor Martin Short (1950), Guardian Angels’ founder Curtis Sliwa (1954), diminutive actress Jennifer Grey (Dirty Dancing‘s “Baby”) was born in 1960, actor Michael Imperioli (1966), country star Kenny Chesney (1968), actress Amy Smart (1976) and actress Keira Knightley was born in 1985.

Thanks for visiting and, as always…

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

# CCC…To Amanda…(Trilogy, Part 3)…

It pleases me immensely that my 300th post in the “blogosphere” just happens to coincide with the seventeenth birthday of my brother-in-law’s daughter, Amanda.  In her time in my life, she has gone from (as most kids do) being a mean, mischievous individual to a well-behaved, productive member of the young adult population.  Her continued optimism and cheerful demeanor are all plus reasons that she should be able to tackle anything thrown at her.

To Amanda, nothing but the best of many happy more to come…

Celebrating today are; late magician Harry Houdini (1874-1926), late gangster Clyde Barrow (1909-1934), animator Joseph Barbera (1911-2006), late action star Steve McQueen (1930-1980), actor R. Lee Ermey (most notably from Full Metal Jacket) was born in 1944 and designer Tommy Hilfiger was born in 1951.

Comedian Louie Anderson was born in 1953, actor Robert Carradine and actress Donna Pescow were both born in 1954, football coach Mike Woodson (1958), “99 Luftballoons” singer Nena, wrestling “jobber” Barry Horowitz and actress Kelly LeBrock all born in 1960, talk show maven Star Jones (1962) and pro wrestling’s resident “Deadman”, The Undertaker was born in 1965.

Finishing the list are; actress Lara Flynn Boyle and wrestler Christopher Daniels (1970), actress Alyson Hannigan (1974), former Saints quarterback Aaron Brooks and current Broncos legend Peyton Manning (1976), wrestler Jack Swagger (1982) and NBA star Chris Bosh was born in 1984.

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# CCXCIX…For Ray (Trilogy, Part II)…

In this abbreviated post (sorry, time constraints), I just wanted to wish my cousin Ray Baker, a fellow southpaw and avid reader (has read ALL POSTS) a Happy Birthday and many happy more!!

Also, among others, today is the birthday of runner Roger Bannister (1929), actor Tony Burton (1937), The Cars’ vocalist Ric Ocasek (1949), former NFL quarterback Ron Jaworski (1951), R & B diva Chaka Khan (1953), designer Kenneth Cole (1954), former NBA star Moses Malone (1955), Gorillaz founder Damon Albarn (1968), NBA coach Jason Kidd (1973) and actress Keri Russell was born in 1976.

Maybe next year, I will have more time…

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# CCXCVIII…To Sandee (Trilogy, Part I)…

My great friend, Sandee Molenda from California, is celebrating a milestone birthday today (can’t mention the number but Sammy Hagar can’t drive it) and, due to her place in my elite circle, she deserves this post, as it is the most fitting way that I can really relate to you just how special her ranking really is.  Our friendship started when she found me on mySpace (talk about memories?), due to her profound love for my favorite hockey team (the Sharks, due to her location very near to our home arena) and her love of writing (she is an accomplished bird-breeder and author in her own right), for which her opinions on my “hobby” are always appreciated.

Since then, she has represented the greatness that can come out of meeting someone on the internet, as she has been a constant reminder to me that, although initial success in something like writing creatively takes time, perseverance is the only true partner for an aspiring author.  Without further embarrassing her (or myself), I will let you all know that, as a fellow Aries, she is one of very few people from the “Left” Coast that I deal with regularly that doesn’t involve my career in the import industry…the place that, although I’ve never been there, calls to my heart with every passing day!

Without further ado, her birthday twins includes such names as; late actor Karl Malden (1902-2009), Hogan’s Heroes colonel Werner Klemperer (1920-2008), the world-renown mime, Marcel Marceau (1923-2007), MAD Magazine illustrator Mort Drucker (1929) and TV evangelist Pat Robertson (The 700 Club) and composer Stephen Sondheim were both born in 1930.

Continuing the list are; the ubiquitous superstar actor William Shatner (1931), Utah senator Orrin Hatch (1934), actor M. Emmit Walsh (1935), jazz great George Benson (1943), author James Patterson (1947), TV journalist Wolf Blitzer and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (both born in 1948), sportscaster Bob Costas (1952) and actor Matthew Modine was born in 1959.

Rounding out this post with a flurry are; former San Jose Shark Todd Ewen (1966), figure skating phenom Elvis Stojko (1972), actress Reese Witherspoon (1976), Limp Bizkit drummer John Otto and NHL journeyman Tom Poti were born in 1977 and Houston Texans’ defensive stalwart J.J. Watt was born in 1989.

Many happy more to you, Sandee…I will make a personal goal to make an appearance in my “sister” state in the not-to-distant future…and I hope you and Selena enjoy your day today (her most recent acquisition, a German Shepherd “puppy”)…

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# CCXCVII…”…Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”…

On this first day of Spring 2015, we in the New York area are bracing for yet another blast from Old Man Winter.  With up to six inches of the damnable white stuff coming, it’s a great thing that March 20 also happens to be the birthdate of late TV host Fred Rogers (1928-2003), who hosted the show (in case you’re too young) “Mister Rogers Neighborhood”; the title of this post was part of the opening theme (sung my Mr. Rogers himself) from 1968 to 2011.

A member of the Television Hall of Fame (rightfully so), Mr. Rogers’ iconic presence was never forced on the youngsters but he became a household icon because of the show which he created to combat some of the “bad programming” of the late sixties and early seventies…an icon who, to this day, is still cherished and revered.

On that note, the rest of the birthday list shows; late game show host Jack Barry (1918-1984), director Carl Reiner (1922), former Barney Miller star Hal Linden (1931), late country star/actor Jerry Reed (1937-2008), and former Lakers and Knicks coach Pat Riley was born in 1945.

Also celebrating today are former alien “Q” from Star Trek‘s spin offs, John de Lancie (1948), guitarist Jimmie Vaughn (Stevie Ray’s brother…plays guitar, too) was born in 1951, radio journalist Mike Francesa (1954), director supreme Spike Lee (1957), former New Orleans Saints’ mainstay Rickey Jackson (1958) and former WCW/TNA and current WWE superstar Sting, who will be competing at the upcoming pay-per-view, was born in 1959.

Finishing today’s post are; actress/furniture designer Kathy Ireland (1963) and current Stone Temple Pilots (and former Linkin Park) frontman Chester Bennington (1976).

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# CCXCV…Saturday Spotlight, Vol. XXIII…Lindsey Stirling…

In regards to a conversation that arose between my youngest daughter, Erin, and myself, it is with great pleasure that I really expand my thoughts to my audience about someone whose beautiful music has truly inspired me, as a writer…Miss Lindsey Stirling, a feisty dynamo with a violin.  As far as her being an inspiration to me, I will sum it up with a direct quote from Wikipedia that had caught my eye; “But the only reason I’m successful is because I’ve stayed true to myself!”

Her addition to this pantheon of great artists featured in the Saturday Spotlight is not unmerited, either, for although she has only released two studio albums, she has done collaborative works with artists such as Pentatonix, John Legend and The Piano Guys and she is one of the top stars on YouTube.  Miss Stirling’s penchant for teaching herself how to manipulate a violin WHILE feeding her penchant for dancing, though, is what truly makes her stick out as a rising star in the music industry.

Some of my favorite tracks from her include such hits as “Shadows” (the video features her in a dance “battle” with her own silhouette), “Roundtable Rival” (favorite song chosen by my daughter as well; video features a “steampunk” setting with an awesomely choreographed “music duel”), the title cut from her second album, “Shatter Me”, which features vocals by Lzzy Hale (from Halestorm), and “Moon Trance”, which the video pays homage to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video, with dancing zombies in a graveyard and very well executed.

If you haven’t checked out this pixie-like superstar-in-the-making, you really should, as her music is nothing short of astonishing.  Her continued success in the music industry is a testament to how this world should be.  She continues to amaze me and her non-bubblegum status as a megastar with very little radio airplay is something that, hopefully, will “shatter” the monotony of today’s so-called musicians!

/,,,/ ROCK ON LINDSEY \,,,\

# CCXCIV…”Arrow” Coincidence…

Today in “Birthday Land”, we have a post for two members of the cast of the hit series, Arrow…the 1963 birth of Alex Kingston, who portrays Dinah Lance, the mother of Laurel and Sara Lance, and the 1967 birth of series villain-turned-antihero Malcolm Merlyn, played by John Barrowman.  Oddly enough, it’s also a coincidence that, not only have they starred in this show, they were also in the show Doctor Who in England.

Aside from starring in both shows, however, they are both accomplished actors who’ve devoted their time and effort in perfecting their craft, by working on both stage and screen.  Also, Mr. Barrowman is a huge advocate for gay rights (reason I mention that is because he’s gay and very vocal about bullying!) and is just an all-around wonderful actor.

Today is also the birthdays of; news mogul Rupert Murdoch (1931), newscaster Sam Donaldson (1934), actor Mark Metcalf {he was the butt of the jokes in a couple of Twisted Sister videos} was born in 1946, singer Bobby McFerrin was born in 1950, late science fiction author Douglas Adams (1952-2001), and voice actor Rob Paulsen, who did voice acting in hits like The Fairly Oddparents and Pinky and the Brain was born in 1956.

In addition, today is the birthday of Pantera and Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul (1964), singer Lisa Loeb (1968), actor Terrance Howard (1969), author Christopher Rice {yes, Anne’s son} was born in 1978 and current New Orleans Pelicans’ center Anthony Davis was born in 1993.

Thank you all, again, and…

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# CCXCIII…Former Co-worker’s AND Chuck Norris, Too…

Today’s date, March 10, is forever cemented in my psyche as the birthday of a former co-worker, Emilio, who I had the honor of working alongside for over twenty years.  In those years, we were always civil to each other and, at times, he was almost like a father-type that always tried to get me to do the right things (which, a lot of the time, I ignored).  No matter how much time has passed that I haven’t worked with him, today is the one day where I will acknowledge him, as I cannot seem to forget many people’s birthdays.

Also, on today’s list, it is the 75th birthday of martial arts action star, Chuck Norris…who doesn’t really celebrate his birthday; the calendar celebrates him (sorry for my horrible attempt at a Chuck Norris-meme)…not much else to be said about him except that the jokes based on his demeanor are amazingly funny!

On the list for today are such notable names as; late assassin James Earl Ray (1928-1998), late terrorist Osama bin Laden (1957-2011), actress/model (and wife of Gene Simmons) Shannon Tweed (1957), sportscaster Pam Oliver (1961), current Oakland Raiders defensive coach (and former player) Rod Woodson (1965), songstress Edie Brickell (1966) and singer Matt Barlow from Iced Earth was born in 1970.

Rapper Timbaland was born in 1972, singer/actor Robin Thicke was born in 1977, singer Carrie Underwood came to us in 1983 and singer/actress Emily Osment turns 23 today (1992)!

From the left and hoping Chuck Norris’ memes are sweeping the Internet…

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