# CDLXXIX…”History from my teenage years, literally…”

The above title is from the book, ROCK ON DUDEZ, directly…as today rings familiar memories on a “post” with only a few birthdays but historic events that resonate personally from my years before my adulthood…

# xiv…History from my teenage years, literally…

It has come to my attention that this date, January 28th, will go down in history not for its celebrities so much…it will be known for two historic events that have happened in my lifetime.  The first, which happened in 1985, with a music project called USA for Africa, where the hit single, “We Are the World”, which was conceived by a conglomeration of music superstars like Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Steve Perry, Ray Charles and the like, raised money for support of the impoverished nation of Ethiopia.

The second happened the following year, in 1986, when the US space shuttle Challenger exploded after liftoff.  It was an event that I had witnessed in the school library at Dickinson High School in Jersey City and clearly remember being stunned by it.  In a related twist to my personal life, one of the astronauts killed was teacher Christa McAuliff, who shares the name of one of the grammar schools attended by my youngest daughter.

Now, in addition to knowing some historic events, I present the list of “twins” for you…actor Alan Alda (‘M*A*S*H’) was born in 1936, 70’s supermodel Barbi Benton (1950), NHL Executive Vice President Colin Campbell (1953), singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan (1968), TV personality Mo Rocca (1969) and former TNA personality Shark Boy (1975).

Finishing this list are; former boy band star Joey Fatone (from *NSYNC) was born in 1977 , current WWE superstar Sheamus (1978), former Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter (1980), actor Elijah Wood (1981) and “Smallville”s version of Lightning Lad, actor Calum Worthy, was born in 1991.

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# CDLXXVIII…”Skeletor”‘s Milestone…

To all of my fans out there expecting an excerpt (as this date hasn’t been covered), I would like to disappoint you with an original post for those celebrating today, January 1, as their birthday.  It just so happens, this year, to be the eightieth birthday of iconic New Jersey actor Frank Langella (1938).  For those of you not familiar with him, he’s played many roles in his 40-plus year career, from the above-mentioned He-Man villain (in the campy 1987 movie, “Masters of the Universe”…which he considers, according to Wikipedia, “one of his favorite roles”) to Perry White in 2006’s “Superman Returns”.

He’s also appeared in countless television shows and a bunch of Broadway plays in his career (which started in 1970) and more than deserves this spot…contrary to my book’s entry, which only includes him as a sidebar, on this (his 80th birthday), he deserves all the kudos that come with this once-in-a-lifetime moment…many happy more to you, Mr. Langella…

Also celebrating on this first date of the year are/were; actor Don Novello (“Father Guido Sarducci” on the old Saturday Night Live skits) (1943), “Mouth of the South” wrestling manager Jimmy Hart (1944), former New Jersey governor Jim Corzine (1947), actress Dedee Pfeiffer (1964), late Kansas City Chiefs’ linebacker Derrick Thomas (1967-2000), actor Verne Troyer (“Austin Powers”) (1969), former wrestling “valet” Kimberly Page (1970), veteran NHL star Bobby Holik (1971) and Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner was born in 1980.

As this is the first post of the year 2018, I can only hope that this year (my soon-to-be sixth on this blog) will be more productive, as I was down about 200 views from 2016 (it usually helps if I post, which I took a break from, for some time)…but, as always, I continue to persevere, as the writing is something that I’ve come to enjoy and I hope you all enjoy, too!

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