# CCCXII…For My Brother, Ed…

On this date in 1968, my brother Edward was born in Long Branch, NJ.  His presence in my life has been filled with nothing more than awe, as the man who is capable of solving major problems with his engineering-type energy…I mean, the man took an ordinary school bus and turned it into an RV (his home on wheels) with his own two hands!!!

He is one of many people whose skills I wished I possessed, as I figuratively have two left thumbs when it comes to things like that…Happy birthday, Ed…and many happy more!!!!

Also celebrating today are; late bandleader Duke Ellington (1899-1974), late actress Celeste Holm (1917-2012), the everlasting pothead himself, Willie Nelson (1933), late actor Lane Smith (1936-2005), modern pariah Bernie Madoff (1938), singer Tommy James (1947), and late racing master Dale Earnhardt (1951-2001).

Among the other twins for my brother are; comedian Jerry Seinfeld (1954), Star Trek captain Kate Mulgrew (1955), actor Daniel Day-Lewis (1957), actresses Michelle Pfeiffer and Eve Plumb were born in 1958, rapper Master P (1967), singer Carnie Wilson (1968), former tennis phenom Andre Agassi and actress Uma Thurman were both born in 1970 and former “Smallville” co-star Sam Jones III was born in 1979.

More from me on Friday…

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

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# CCCXI…Upcoming Movie Magic…Starring Jason Lee…

In case you haven’t been kept in the loop, one of today’s birthday twins is a comedian whose talents can be witnessed in the long-awaited Kevin Smith sequel, Mallrats 2…Mr. Jason Lee (1970).  His other credits, of course, are starring roles in My Name is Earl and countless other Kevin Smith movies.

Born in California and a former professional skateboarder, his comedic talent has been a Godsend for the past 25 years or so…and he continues to be an all-around talent, as he also does voice over work (remember Syndrome…from The Incredibles?) and stints on the Tony Hawk franchise of video games.  A truly gifted comedian whose presence will be felt for years to come…happy birthday and many happy more!!

Also born on this April 25th are; late songstress Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996), former Harlem Globetrotter Meadowlark Lemon (1932), the ubiquitous Al Pacino (1940), Creedence Clearwater Revival bassist Stu Cook (1945), ABBA singer Bjorn Ulvaeus (1945), and Rocky‘s “Adrian”, Talia Shire, was born in 1946.

Continuing this laundry list of names are; co-star of Babylon 5 (the old science fiction TV show LOL), Peter Jurasik, was born in 1950; former San Francisco 49er (and current sportscaster) Randy Cross (1954), comedian/voice over star Hank Azaria (1964), ubiquitous sports analyst Joe Buck (1969), comedienne Renee Zellweger (1969), San Antonio Spurs’ mainstay Tim Duncan was born in 1976 and Pittsburgh Steelers’ running back DeAngelo Williams was born in 1983.

Sorry for the hiatus…just felt like a “vacation”…more to come…I promise!!!!

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

# CCCX…Level 44 and Pre-birthday Celebration…

Today, as you all know by now, is the date on the calendar that signifies when I’d been hatched into this mortal plane.  However, this post is also going to reflect my outing last night…as it had been with every intention (to erase the evil stigma that I’d caused my birthday to become…) of enjoying the universe, for once in my 44 year experience on this planet.

Last night’s events occurred at a bar in Babylon, NY, known as the Bartini Bar…and is conveniently located right outside the LIRR station in Babylon.  It was for a show involving multi-time blog subject Cesartheczar from WDFA and his newest project (last night’s act) Soul Unhinged.

Because this is a late post and I’d really like to settle down from the hype before I work tomorrow…four bands (including the original music producing Soul Unhinged), two cover bands, awesome music (Primus cover band ROCKED as did Cesar and his crew), absolutely beautiful atmosphere, killer bartender (thanks, Jackie!!!) and an unprecedented seven Captain-and-Cokes later…and here we are at today.

An awesome day where birthday wishes came from those that were expected (my children, my family, etc.) and some that were unexpected, as well.  Capping this was the fact that the weather (which was simply stunning yesterday) was nice albeit chilly and windy, and the fact that this now-44 year old is winding down, pre-420, and enjoying his special day.

A special thanks now to the following people that have made this day special; my daughters, Mena and Erin (ruvs you both); my family, for remembering LOL; my friends Mikey and Shawn (truest friends ever!!!!), Pakee and Fred and especially Jackie the Bartender, who may never see this but I had a wonderful time last night and I’ll be back (considering the bar’s jukebox has my symphonic metal bands…which I played at the bar last night)!!!!!

If you’d like to find out who was born on this date, feel free to peruse the Archives buttons to the right of your screen…I have written on my birthday before and it’s been a long day.  Thanks you all…and remember…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ AND THANX!!!! \,,,\

# CCCIX…Abbreviated Birthday Update…

[Author’s Note:  If you’re celebrating today and need or would like to know what celebrities are on the list, please search at the right in my Archives…not too much time to give a whole list today…and thank you for visiting!]

Today’s post is just a Happy 51st birthday to my brother Fred and, weirdly coincidental, the Ford Mustang (last year’s post explains)…and also for the milestone being celebrated by my former co-worker Suzana S. (not sure if she would want the Internet notoriety!), who is celebrating her 30th today.

Sorry for the short post…if I had more time this morning, it would have been longer…thanks and I’ll be back either tomorrow or Sunday…or both!

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

# CCCVIII…”The Greatest Man That Ever Lived”…

Today’s birthday post is about the man that has adopted the above as his own personal moniker in TNA Wrestling, Austin Aries, who was born on this date in 1978.  The main reason that Austin Aries deserves this post is because, after his birthday last year, I noticed that he is one of very few left-handed wrestlers (yeah, I know about John Cena and “The Miz”, Mike Mizanin).

Being that he is also a member of my birth sign (the tattoo of the Chinese symbol for “Aries” on his left arm is a beautiful thing), he really personifies our nature; in the ring, he is tenacious to the point of exhaustion with a fiery, explosive demeanor that is unmatched by anyone.  A multi-time X Division, former TNA World Heavyweight Champion and a former Tag Team champ, he is a Triple Crown winner in TNA that is a real pleasure and honor to watch!

Happy birthday, Mr. Aries…and many happy more!!!

Also celebrating on Tax Day are; singer Roy Clark (1933), late actress Elizabeth Montgomery (1933-1995), actor Michael Tucci (1946), English actress Emma Thompson (1959), singer/actress Samantha Fox (1966), former Giant Jason Sehorn (1971), comedian Seth Rogen (1982) and current New York Jet cornerback Antonio Cromartie was born in 1984.

Sorry for the short post…there’s always next year!!!

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

# CCCVII…Country Legend Turns 83…

On this date in 1932, in a small town called Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, country music diva-supreme Loretta Lynn was born.  She is a superstar not only because of her 50-plus year career but also her memorable duets with the likes of Conway Twitty, Dolly Parton and Tammy Wynette, to name a few.

A well-known staple of the industry since 1959, her legacy of great music and her awesome voice means that she will never be forgotten!

Also born today are; former MLB great (not in the Hall of Fame, though) and manager Pete Rose (1941), former Deep Purple/Rainbow guitarist [and co-creator of the group Blackmore’s Night] Ritchie Blackmore (1945), late comedian/actor Richard Jeni (1957-2007), comedian Brad Garrett (1960), former Atlanta Braves’ staples David Justice and Greg Maddux (1966 for both), actor/director Anthony Michael Hall [Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, etc.] was born in 1968, actor Adrian Brody (1973), former WWE diva Lita Dumas (1975) and superstar actress (and vampire slayer) Sarah Michelle Gellar was born in 1977.

Hoping for Pete Rose, Hall of Fame 2016…

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

 

# CLXXIII…Birthday Post for Former Co-Worker…Part I…

Sorry for the repost from last year…been a long week at work!!!

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On this 100th day of the year, it is the date when a former workmate and new mother, Ayesha Smith, celebrates her birthday.  The many days that we both (and everyone else who worked for that individual) endured with our former boss are now lost over time but the fun times and great memories will always be dear to me.  The endless stories are not to be relived here, however, as this is to announce the birthday “twins” she never knew she had (although she probably won’t know any of them!!!)

Starting the list is the man that played Colonel Potter on the old M*A*S*H television show, Harry Morgan (1915-2011), late veteran actor Chuck Connors (1921-1992), former actor/novelty artist (had a hit song named “The Purple People Eater”), Mr. Sheb Wooley (1921-2003), veteran actor Max Von Sydow (1929), multitalented actor Omar Sharif (1932), and sports broadcasters John Madden (1936) and…

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# CCCVI…RIP Paul Gray (1972-2010)…

Today’s post, in case you don’t know who he was, is dedicated to the memory of late Slipknot bassist Paul Gray…who deserves this post because of his former enrollment in the Southpaw Nation!  In his short, sixteen year career with Slipknot, he performed as # 2 (or The Pig, depending on fan’s outlook) and was one of three original members when he died and the only member that stuck with his role when The Clown switched to custom percussion.

On a personal note, I haven’t listened to the band since his death; as a fan, it’s the equivalent of when Cliff Burton was replaced by Jason Newsted…yeah, the music may be the same but the dynamic is just not there!

RIP Mr. Gray…you are still one of my top three favorite lefty bassists and your light will forever shine…

Also, today is the birthday of late First Lady Betty Ford (1918-2011), late baseball star Catfish Hunter (1946-1999), actors Stuart Pankin and Tim Thomerson (both 1946), former Yes guitarist Steve Howe (1947), late MLB Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter (1954-2012), “Jason Voorhees” aka Kane Hodder (1955), and former Smallville and The Dukes of Hazzard star John Schneider was born in 1960.

Also celebrating today are; Guns N’ Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin (1962), famous scion Julian Lennon (1963), rapper/actor Biz Markie (1964), actress Patricia Arquette (1968) and Twilight heartthrob Taylor Kitsch was born in 1981.

/,,,/ ROCK ON # 2 \,,,\

# CCCV…Happy Easter/Quinceanera…

For the first time this century, my daughter Erin, who celebrates her milestone “quinceanera” (fifteenth birthday) today, is also being visited for the first time on her birthday by the Easter Bunny.  However, this is something that I (as I am also an April baby) have also been the recipient of, as April 19 had fallen on Easter for my 10th (1981), 16th (1987) and 21st (1992) birthdays.

As far as my daughter Erin goes, this will not be the only time; her first time with the Easter Bunny is her 15th and she will also celebrate it a record four times between now and her centennial year (her 15th today, 26th (2026), 37th (2037) and 48th (2048)).  It’s one of the quirks of the calendar that intrigue me every so often.

As her father, I would like to wish my youngest a very happy and prosperous “quinceanera” and hope that all of your birthday wishes come true…

In typical fashion, here are her birthday twins:  actor Spencer Tracy (1900-1967), late actress/diva Bette Davis (1908-1989), late actor Gregory Peck (1916-2003), the author of “The Roots”, Alex Hailey (1920-2004), former “Riddler” Frank Gorshin (1933-2005), United States General Colin Powell (1937), singer/guitarist (and Johnny’s brother) Tommy Cash (1940), Law & Order star Michael Moriarty (1941) and The Hollies’ frontman Allan Clarke was born in 1942.

Finishing this list are; late astronaut Judith Resnik (1949-1986), Swedish diva Agnetha Faltskog (from the group ABBA) (1950), The X-Files’ Mitch Pileggi (1952), former WCW/WWF superstar Diamond Dallas Page (1956), “Happy” singer Pharrell Williams (1973), actress Hayley Atwell (Captain America movies) was born in 1982 and professional wrestling’s Ashley Fliehr (daughter of the iconic Ric Flair) was born in 1986.

/,,,/ ROCK ON “MI PRINCESSA” \,,,\

 

 

# CCCIV…”STELLA”…

Sorry for the antiquated quote from late actor Marlon Brando (1924-2004)…it was just a way for me to start this extensive post.  Of course, most of you know of Mr. Brando’s legacy due to his participation in “The Godfather” series of movies.  It was, however, his iconic performance in A Streetcar Named Desire (which is where the quote is from) that propelled him to win his first Academy Award.

Of course, although his career was filled with hits (On the Waterfront, Last Tango in Paris, Apocalypse Now, etc.) and misses (Mutiny on the Bounty, One-Eyed Jacks, Superman, etc.), he will forever be an untouchable icon of the Silver Screen.

Also, today is the birthday of; late singer Jan Berry (of the group Jan and Dean) {1941-2004}, actor/singer Wayne Newton (1942), “Down in the Boondocks” singer Billy Joe Royal (1942), superstar singer Tony Orlando (1944), late NFL star Lyle Alzado (1949-1992) and late Family Feud host Ray Combs (1956-1996).

Also celebrating today are the ever-maligned Alec Baldwin (1958), former Frasier brother David Hyde Pierce (1959), comedian/actor/singer Eddie Murphy (1961), late  Savatage guitarist* Criss Oliva (1963-1993), former Skid Row vocalist and currently solo Sebastian Bach (1968), one of Canada’s best wrestlers, Lance Storm (1969), actress Jennie Garth (1972) and Bears’ defensive end Jared Allen was born in 1982.

If you know me personally, you know why I’ll be back on Sunday…if you don’t, make sure to tune in, as it will be my youngest daughter’s milestone…

[* – denotes the revelation that he was not the lead singer, as a previous post stated; my apologies to Jon Oliva, his brother, who is the lead singer of Savatage!]

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