# CDLXXXI…In Memory of a Science Fiction Icon…

Since today is the birthday of one of the most iconic presences in the “Star Trek” universe, I will just leave the following excerpt (as it covers a couple more people than the other post for this date) right here…

# xxvii…The First Lady of “Star Trek”…

Today, February 23, would have been the birthdate of the late Majel Barrett-Roddenberry (1932-2008), whose presence in the “Star Trek” universe is unmatched, as she has portrayed two characters on multiple platforms of the science fiction franchise.  She was also, as her hyphenated name implies, the wife of creator Gene Roddenberry.  As a fan myself, I considered her worthy of being your celebrity birthday connection, as she was a very talented actress, as well.

She was also, oddly enough in case you didn’t know, the voice of all the computers on the “Star Trek” series, making her a truly unique character actress.  She is also being immortalized with her husband, as I just found out, in an upcoming space launch in 2018 *, as parts of their ashes will be in specially-made “capsules” and left in space.

Also celebrating on this short list are; actor/director Peter Fonda (1940), late guitarist/singer Johnny Winter (1944-2014), former football great Ed “Too Tall” Jones (1951), late Minnesota Timberwolves’ coach Flip Saunders (1955-2015) and rookie ‘Wolves phenom Andrew Wiggins (1995), Queensryche guitarist Michael Wilton (1962) and comedian Aziz Ansari was born in 1983.

Thanks for listening to this science fiction prone post…

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

(* denotes that the book shows “2016”…it has been updated on Wikipedia to “2018”…)

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# CDLXXX…For My Eldest’s 26th…

The picture above is the personalized Zippo that I had ordered in honor of my daughter Mena’s 26th birthday, which (in case you just crawled out from under the rock) is today, February 4th, 2018.  Although it may not seem like the ideal gift for someone who doesn’t smoke anything, please allow me to elaborate; firstly, the other side of the lighter (pictured here) is brandished with a stylish outlay of her birth sign, Aquarius…

Secondly, she was actually the one who asked for only the lighter itself; when it came time to click the “pay” button, it actually gave me the option of the lines for personalization (which I took full advantage of, as you can see…)

I try my best to do what I can for both of my daughters, when it comes to things of the monetary kind…I’m not rich by any means so anything that I can do to make them happy fills my heart with an immense pride that not too many people would understand!  This gift to my daughter seemed the very least that I could give her to, given my lack of an overabundant financial status, but it’s a gift that I know will last forever…just like my love and pride for her on this, her special day!

As I do every year, I now present most of her birthday twins (which she is always in amazement over, and some of the names should speak for themselves)…late aviation legend Charles Lindburgh (1900-1974), late civil rights activist Rosa Parks (1913-2005), late “Diff’rent Strokes” patriarch Conrad Bain (1923-2013), late comedian/actor David Brenner (1936-2014) and movie producer George A. Romero (“Night of the Living Dead”, etc.) was born in 1940.

Continuing this laundry list are; former U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle (1947), rock-n-roll icon Alice Cooper (who we’ve both seen live) was born in 1948, actor Michael Beck (best known as “Swan” in the 70’s cult classic, “The Warriors”) joined the planet in 1949, New York Giants’ legend Lawrence Taylor (1959) and country legend Clint Black, who (in an odd coincidence) shares being born in the same hospital that I was born in {Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, NJ} joined us in 1962.

Finishing her twins’ list are; boxing legend Oscar de la Hoya (1973), singer Natalie Imbruglia (1975), rapper Cam’ron (1976), singer Gavin DeGraw (1977), wrestling sensation Chris Sabin (1982) and former Olympic medalist Carly Patterson was born in 1988.

To my daughter, I wish you nothing but the best that your 26th year has to offer.  Know that, for all the happiness that you’ve given me in your twenty-six years on this planet, the personalized Zippo was one of the very least things I could give you to make you happy!

/,,,/ ROCK ON MENA \,,,\