# DVI…For My Mom and Number One Fan…(1944-2018)…

Today, August 16th, aside from being the 41st (as of this writing) anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley, will now forever be etched in my chronicles as the date that my mother, Ruth (who was also one of his BIGGEST fans EVER), joined him in her own “Long Black Limousine”.

As I’m still trying to wrap my head around this tragedy, I would be remiss if I didn’t make an announcement…with her being one of the “fans” who would read every single post, without fail, it just wouldn’t be right if I didn’t write about it on the day that it happened.

We in her family appreciate all the love and condolences from all of her friends, extended family and acquaintances, as it will be through all of your well wishes that we will persevere from this heinous event!

/,,,/ ROCK ON MOMZ \,,,\

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# DV…(505)…”What’cha Gonna Do, Brother?”…

Today, August 11th, for those that are celebrating, is the birthday of one of the greatest “sports entertainers” (wrestlers) of my generation, “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan (1953). In his almost 40 year career in wrestling, he has won the World Championship (in the various organizations that he’s wrestled in) 12 times and was also the first wrestler to win back-to-back ‘Royal Rumbles’ (in 1990 and 1991).

In addition to his ‘wrestling’ career, he is also an accomplished musician (having played fretless bass guitar, forming a band called Ruckus in 1976), as well as (in case you’re living under a rock) an accomplished actor (although he ‘acts’ most of the time in the ring), having starred in such cult classics as “Rocky III”, “Mr. Nanny” and “No Holds Barred”, among others.

Also, celebrating today are/were; late talk show host Mike Douglas (1920-2006), late author Alex Haley (1921-1992), late televangelist Jerry Falwell (1933-2007), singer Eric Carmen {who’s hit “Hungry Eyes” was featured in “Dirty Dancing”} (1949) and Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak was born in 1950.

Popular singer Joe Jackson {not the late Jackson family member} (1954), former Ramones drummer Richie Ramone (1957), comic book artist Jim Lee (1964), TV personality Joe Rogan (1967) and actor Chris Hemsworth was born in 1983.

So, whatcha gonna do? Tell ‘em you celebrate with ‘The Immortal One’ and…

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

# DIV…On His Third Anniversary (1964-2015)…

As a lot of you are aware, today, August 8th, is one of the two most depressing days in my life…the date that my eldest brother and mentor, Fred, was taken from us in 2015.  This date personally resonates with me (as, I’m sure, with all of his family, friends, and cohorts), as it is only the second time in recent memory that a member of my own personal family has been taken too soon!

I’m just going to make this short and sweet…the man was never spoken about in ill-temper, mainly due to the fact of his wonderful aura and persona.  He was a wonderful brother, which I have a myriad of memories with him to last forever, and devoted and honorable father and a friend of boatloads of people whom his light has enveloped.

There will never be another…we love you and miss you always, dear brother, and, as always, many fond memories abound today in your honor!

/,,,/ ROCK ON DERF \,,,\

# DIII…Certainly NOT the “Greatest of All Time”…

As much as you’d think that this post was about today’s birthday celebrant, the very-much-so-disputed Greatest Quarterback of All Time, Mr. Tom Brady (1977), it is actually to relate to you of my disdain for that statement with HIS name attached to it…sorry, but, cheating to win 5 Super Bowls does NOT make you anything more than the least greatest of them all.  To be honest, you don’t have as many 5000 yard seasons (2011 only) like the actual GOAT, aka # 9 Drew Brees (who has as many of those as Brady has rings) so, until you can pass that milestone, your “rings” mean diddly!

With my pitchfork-and-torch repellants handy, I present his twins; late author Leon Uris (1924-2003), NFL veteran coach Marv Levy (1925), entertainer Tony Bennett (1926), veteran superstar actor Martin Sheen (1940), TV personality Martha Stewart (1941), talented director John Landis (1950), former “Dennis the Menace” star Jay North (1951), Metallica frontman James Hetfield (whom I met once; details in the book), Salt-N-Pepa’s DJ Spinderella (1971), former San Jose Sharks’ journeyman defender Sandis Ozolinsh (1972),  and talented Shiny Toy Guns singer Sarah Faye Charnow {awesome music, trust me; she was on Lindsey Stirling’s latest album) was born in 1984.

Until next time, as I always say…

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

 

# DII…For the Late, Great Dom DeLuise…

As the following post is in the book, I have to post it almost verbatim…due to it’s “title”…

# cviii…”Captain Chaos!!!”…

The above line was shouted by August 1st’s birthday celebrator, the late great Dom DeLuise (1933-2009), in the movie “Cannonball Run”, which was just one of the numerous comedies and movies that Mr. DeLuise graced with his rotund presence. As a multi-platform star of stage and screen, his masterful presence was featured in a lot of movies with co-stars like Burt Reynolds (“Cannonball Run” films, “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”, etc.) and Mel Brooks (“Blazing Saddles”, “History of the World, Part I”, “Spaceballs”).

As a comedian, it was his love of laughter that made this man’s presence that much more noticeable. His knack for the genre of comedy was and will always be unmatched, as his was an almost infectious side effect for his natural aura. With appearances in over sixty movies and countless television shows, this man’s legacy to the film industry is also apparent in his children, David (“Wizards of Waverly Place”, etc.), Michael and Peter (who, at one time, were both on the hit science fiction TV drama, “seaQuest DSV”), who have gone on to follow in their father’s enlarged shoes and seem to share his penchant for making people laugh.

The late comedian’s birthday twins are as follows: late esteemed director J. Lee Thompson (1914-2002), late fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent (1936-2008), former New York senator Al D’Amato (1937), late Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia (1942-1995), Marvel Studios founder Avi Arad (1948), Bachman-Turner Overdrive co-founder Tim Bachman (1951) and late Deep Purple (1975-76) singer Tommy Bolin (1951-1976).

Also on the list are/were; multi-talented musician Robert Cray (1953), late veteran actor Taylor Negron (1957-2015), Def Leppard vocalist Joe Elliott (1959), rappers Chuck D (1960) and Coolio (1963), talented actress Tempestt Bledsoe (1973), Dhani Harrison {scion of The Beatles’ George} (1978) and actor Jason Momoa, who will be starring as the comic book icon “Aquaman” soon, was born in 1979.

Thanks for kicking off the month here…you shouldn’t be disappointed from here on out, as this is a weird and off-setting month {details definitely forthcoming}…

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