# CCCXXXII…From Hero to Villain, Like a Boss…

On June 30, 1959, versatile actor Vincent D’Onofrio was born in Brooklyn, NY.  The only reason that he belongs here is because he is so versatile.  From his role as Private Lawrence in the smash hit, Full Metal Jacket, to his role on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, he has wowed audiences everywhere with his unique on-screen presence.

The title, as you might have guessed, is in reference to his current acting project; playing the villainous Kingpin/Wilson Fisk in the hit NetFlix series, Daredevil.  Although I personally haven’t caught it yet, I am sure that he is miles above and beyond the casting from the original movie, in which the character was portrayed by Michael Clarke Duncan (who was an okay choice, in my humble opinion).

We would like to wish Mr. D’Onofrio many happy more…

In addition, the following are/were celebrating birthdays today; late singer Lena Horne (1917-2010), The Supremes’ Florence Ballard (1943-1976), former hardcore wrestling legend Terry Funk (1944), comedian David Allen Grier (1956), auto racer Sterling Marlin (1957) and guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen was born in 1963.

Finishing the list are; pugilist Mike Tyson (1966), Pantera vocalist Phil Anselmo (1968), former Dallas Cowboy (now Philadelphia Eagle) wide receiver Miles Austin (1984), singer Fantasia Barrino (1984), swimming medalist Michael Phelps (1985) and WWE superstars Cody Rhodes (1985) and Alicia Fox (1986) concludes today’s entry.

I will return tomorrow…you know why if you have been following this blog…

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



# CCCXXXI…”See Hitler on Ice!!!”…

The above line, in case you didn’t know, is one of the “trailers” that was included at the end of the very popular comedy, “History of the World, Part I”, which was created by our birthday celebrator, Mel Brooks (1926), and is an open-ended creation, as it was for a “sequel”, which was never created, called “History of the World, Part II”.  Although the movie itself was never made, just the fact that the line was uttered before seeing a figure skater dressed like the infamous despot, it is still a part of comedy Americana!

A brilliant comedian, as well as director and producer, this multi-talented star should always be remembered as one of the greatest of our time.  His knack for comedy is second-to-none and his life will always be a day for laughter, as without his presence in our lives, we may not have been so happy.

Among other born on this 28th day of June are; late “Karate Kid” star Pat Morita (1932-2005), late Saturday Night Live star/comedienne Gilda Radner (1946-1989), actress Kathy Bates (1948), NFL Hall of Famer John Elway (1960), Chicago Cubs’ great Mark Grace (1964) and both actor John Cusack and actress Mary Stuart Masterson were born in 1966.

Basketball coach and former Jersey City boy, Bobby Hurley, was born in 1971, as was the founder of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk; “Ridiculousness” creator Rob Dyrdek (1974) and singer Kelly Pickler was born in 1986.

/,,,/ ROCK ON MEL \,,,\

# CCCXXX…Baby Steps in the Right Direction…

Today’s post is about the unprecedented Supreme Court ruling yesterday (June 26, 2015), announcing that marriage is now legal in all 50 states when it concerns couples of same-sex partnerships.  A moment that the LGBT community has been waiting for since the Stonewall Riots in New York (way back in 1969) is now a gleaming reality for those individuals who embrace that lifestyle.

A long time coming for those affected by it, this monumental decision comes on the heels of this weekend’s Pride Celebrations held throughout the country…making the June 26th decision by the Court that much more of a state of celebration of the LGBT community.  I do have lots of friends that this decision directly effects and I would like to wish any and all continued happiness in their endeavors.

As for the title, however, and I hope this starts people talking, it is only a minor solution to a much bigger problem that no one else is paying attention to; Equality is a word that means that EVERYONE is equal, which, in case you’ve been paying attention, is sadly in this day and age STILL not applicable to a lot of people!

While we live in an age where technology has become a paramount concern, our society (not me personally) still insists that the actions that we take are embedded in an archaic piece of literature, aka The Holy Bible.  Being that I don’t “subscribe” to any religion, I will tell you without a doubt that I do believe in a “higher power”; I know that I came from my Mother’s womb…how I got there remains a mystery…but I think that we should look at things from a broader perspective.

The recent events concerning police in regards to the treatment of criminals (black vs. white), which are an atrocity all there own, are just one of the “hot points” that are causing uproars across this country.  In this so-called “advanced” time we live in, we are being subjected to all sorts of fads based on commercialism, which is really weird considering that this supposedly “great” country is telling you that, in order to succeed, you must be in the upper echelon of the elite “1 percenters” in order to be a member of society!

In closing, the point I’m trying to make is that, the Bible tells you that God wants you to “love thy neighbor”…I don’t think he “said” ‘Love thy neighbor…unless he’s black, Asian, LGBT or the like’.  Until we, as the HUMAN RACE, learn that everyone on this God-created planet is just another member of the “human” community, these baby steps will have to do.

Rant over…please enjoy this weekend’s spectacular Pride Celebrations, even if you’re not a member of the LGBT community…I have in the past and I guess that’s what makes me different from everyone else; I am much more tolerant to the indifference of being a human being (I am a southpaw, remember)…

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

# CCCXXIX…A Real Blast From the Past…

Today, June 24th, is the 96th birthday of classic sitcom actor Al Molinaro (1919), who many of you may remember from the 70’s gem, “Happy Days”.  He also starred in the 70’s version of the immortal “The Odd Couple” (he was the very popular Murray the Cop).  I bring this star to light because, when I covered this date last year, his name was left off the list in oversight…for which I apologize.

Also on this classic summer day are; former “Knot’s Landing” bombshell Michele Lee (1942), The Yardbirds’ (among others) guitarist Jeff Beck (1944), former New York governor George Pataki (1945) and actor/drummer (Fleetwood Mac) Mick Fleetwood was born in 1947.

Former stars of the first “RoboCop” movie (you know, the “good” one) Peter Weller (1947) and Nancy Allen (1950); actor Tom “Tiny” Lister, Jr. (1958), former Sharks’ journeyman Bernie Nicholls (1961), Tears for Fears’ Curt Smith (1961), and the ever impressive Candice Patton, who plays Iris West in the CW hit, “The Flash”, was born in 1988.

Be back soon…I promise…

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

# CCCXXVIII…Commercialism Need Not Apply…

The fact that today, June 21st, marks the 16th Father’s Day without my father is not a real paramount concern to me.  As time goes by in this lifetime, you should realize (as I have) that time is fleeting and that all of the individual moments that you get to spend with the people that matter should be cherished, as such.

As my father is the only man that I will ever truly respect, his presence in my life was IMMEASURABLE.  His presence in my life to this date will never be reproduced and he is always smiling down on his grandchildren (my two included), as he should be because he did a wonderful job as a Father and raised us to be respectful members of society.  As the memories flow on this day, I am also reminded of all of the fun times and, equally, the rough times that made us who we are and his countless stories of times long ago, when things were less fortunate than they are today.

Upon becoming a member of the “Father’s Day Society” in 1992, and again in 2000, I realized that all of the bells and whistles that advertisers bombard our society with around this time is the MOST RIDICULOUS thing that could ever happen.  I mean, realistically, I know people have the right to hawk their products, otherwise we’d be a poor, third-world-type country with no monetary wealth.

However, and the point I’m really trying to make, without the births of my two beautiful girls, there wouldn’t be a need to even acknowledge this date, other than with a tribute to my Father.

As a father myself, I need to express to you again that, in all honesty, the only “presents” that mean ANYTHING to me today are not some useless golf clubs or watches or ties, which advertisers think we all “need”.  As I’ve mentioned previously on this blog, the only thing that would make me the happiest Dad in the world is for both of my angels to wish me a Happy Father’s Day!

To all that it applies to (just too many to mention in words), Happy Father’s Day, and may your day be filled with all the love and affection that our kids can dish to us today!!!!

/,,,/ ROCK ON DADZ \,,,\

# CCCXXVII…The Unheralded of the Music Industry…

Today, June 20, marks the 61st birthday of a very popular, though often overlooked (because he is a bass player) musician by the name of Michael Anthony.  For those that are not familiar, he is only the most under-appreciated member of two bands:  the rock gods Van Halen AND Sammy Hagar’s side project with Joe Satriani, Chickenfoot.  Without his mastery of his instrument, both bands may not have been as successful as they are.

One of my favorite bassists (although he plays right-handed), Mr. Anthony’s opening riffs on “Running With the Devil” and his overall performances on all tracks by the above groups are only outshined by very few others.  As he has been in the music industry since 1967, with two huge rock bands, and is often overshadowed because he is a bassist, the man is practically a legend in the field.

Oddly enough, I just found out through my research that he deserves this spot for an entirely different reason; as I mentioned above, Mr. Anthony (and I didn’t know this until JUST NOW) is a southpaw, which makes this post that much more meaningful to me!

Also on the list of his “twins”; late actor Errol Flynn (1909-1959), late music guru Chet Atkins (1924-2001), veteran actor Martin Landau {from “Mission: Impossible”, “Space 1999”, and others} (1928), screen legend Danny Aiello (1933), The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson (1942) and country music’s legendary diva, Anne Murray (1945).

Also celebrating on this date are; home improvement master Bob Vila (1946), comedian/actor John Goodman (1952), Duran Duran’s John Taylor (1960), ever-talented actress Nicole Kidman (1967), producer/director Robert Rodriguez (1968), MMA talent (and actor) Quentin “Rampage” Jackson was born in 1978 and a big “fleur-de-lis” salute to former New Orleans Saints’ running back Darren Sproles, who was born in 1983.

Until the next time I bombard your brains with my unique outlook…

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

# CC…Milestone 200th Blog Post…

Sorry…too early and too busy…don’t like it, well…I can’t help you B-)

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On this 18th day of June, it is my pleasure to still be here, entertaining you in my own unique way.  I am very humbled by the amount of people that already know about this blog (which continued from my previous blog at thelefthandedviewofmusicbydal.wordpress.com; 42 posts there before switching) and will try to keep up the good work.

With the thank you’s out of the way, I will present the list for today; we start with elder MLB statesman Lou Brock (1939), late movie critic Roger Ebert (1942-2013), southpaw legend Sir Paul McCartney (1942), actress Carol Kane (remember her from Scrooged, with Bill Murray) was born in 1952, former Stryper/current Bloodgood (religious rock like Stryper) guitarist Oz Fox (1961), MLB journeyman Andres Galarraga (1961), former Guns N Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed (1963) and former Buffalo Bills’ defensive end Bruce Smith was born in 1963, as well.

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