# CDLXXXV…In Honor of Fredrick V. Johnson (04/17/64-08/08/15)…

As is every year on this date, April 17th, I would just like to briefly mention my late brother Fred’s birthday…on what would have been his 54th…and just relate to you all how much this third year without him, although heavy on my heart, will be a shining example of the legacy he left behind.  It was his fortitude and tenacity in the final days of his life that truly exemplified just how he truly was; unfazed by much, he did his own thing and could care less about negativity!

As a lot of his friends will tell you, the man didn’t have a hateful bone in his body.  His light, although gone from this mortal plane, still shines as brightly on this date than any other on the calendar!  Everyone would surely send their best regards and Happy Birthday wishes to you, brother…you will always be my guiding light and I miss you!

On today’s list of his birthday twins…late journalist Harry Reasoner (1923-1991), late music producer and TV pioneer Don Kirshner (1934-2011), 80s keyboard virtuoso Jan Hammer ( Miami Vice”) was born in 1948, late WWE icon “Rowdy” Roddy Piper (1954-2015), southpaw NFL quarterback/analyst (and New Yorker) Boomer Esiason (1961) and former NHL great Ken Daneyko (1964).

Former Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan was born in 1964, former MLB star Marquis Grissom (1967), singer Liz Phair (1967), rapper/actor Redman (1970), the talented actress Jennifer Garner (loved her portrayal of Elektra) was born in 1972, singer Victoria Beckham, aka Posh Spice (1974) and the actress who starred in the American version of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”, Miss Rooney Mara was born in 1985, as was co-vocalist Heidi Shepherd from the awesome metal band Butcher Babies (1985).

/,,,/ ROCK ON FRED \,,,\

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# CDLXXXIV…Yet ANOTHER Excerpt…

Due to the fact that this date, April 7th, hasn’t been covered here on the blog, I figured that I would leave this little snippet…just due to the fact that I found the subject matter very intriguing.  If you’re not a sports fan, though, it may do nothing to arouse your palate but it does pique my interest (hence the reason it’s in the book to begin with)…

# li…Twins Are the Best…

April 7th, in case you haven’t been told yet, is the birthdate of one of the most famous set of twins to play in the same sport; former Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ star Ronde Barber (1975) and his brother, former New York Giants’ running back Tiki Barber (also 1975, natch), who, as a matter-of-fact BOTH played their entire careers in their respective cities.

They also have entered the broadcasting fields, as well; “Sunday Night Football” is where you can find Tiki and “The Onion Sportsdome” is where Ronde is currently.  As it turns out, they have also written eight children’s books together (since 2004).  As far as their playing careers go, though, Ronde is the only one with a Super Bowl ring.  To be fair, though, he did play on a team that was superior to his brothers’ New York Giants.

Celebrating as well with the twin stars are; late actress/singer Billie Holliday (1915-1959), late Indian sitar player, who was influential in the life of former Beatles guitarist George Harrison, Ravi Shankar (1920-2012), late actor James Garner (1928-2014), former “M*A*S*H” co-star Wayne Rogers (1933) and famed director/producer Francis Ford Coppola was born in 1939, as well as late journalist/game show host David Frost (1939-2013).

80’s side-man John Oates {of the rock band Hall & Oates} (1948), folk singer/guitarist Janis Ian (1951), actor and martial artist Jackie Chan (1954), former football star Tony Dorsett (1954), actor extraordinaire and singer (for a band named 30 Odd Foot of Grunts) Russell Crowe (1964), comedian Bill Bellamy (1965), Skillet bassist John Cooper (1975) and actor/wrestler David Otunga was born in 1980.

/,,,/ ROCK ON TWINS \,,,\

# CDLXXXIII…My Youngest’s Latest Milestone; 18!

An unusually frantic (unlike most of my previous days) Wednesday morning; April 5, 2000, saw the second miracle of my life, my youngest daughter Erin, come into this world, as usual, kicking and screaming (I should know…I saw the whole thing, LIVE {and didn’t pass out LOL like most men are prone to do}) and, along with her elder sister, have made my life something to be proud of!  As a former gambler, it pleases me to be able to convey to you about this event in the best way I can…I could walk into a store, buy a $5.00 scratch-off for $10,000,000 (which, would ensure that I would live like a king for a good long while) and, still, would NOT be as happy as I was on that beautiful day at the beginning of this millennium!

The fact that Erin was brought into this world eighteen years ago today is even more of a cementing of my legacy and, along with her sister, will hopefully bring good things for the next generations.  My little Erin Elizabeth is not so little anymore…which, as a father who’s been through it once already {the grey hairs PROVE that}, is just another way of reminding me personally of why I’m here; to make sure that my children become responsible and productive members of society!

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 Charlotte Flair (daughter of the iconic Ric Flair) was born in 1986.

/,,,/ ROCK ON “MI PRINCESSA” \,,,\

{Author’s Note:  Also, born in 1967, was late country star Troy Gentry (4/5/1967 – 9/8/2017)…}