# DXXXIV…Predicting a Smash…

This date, April 6th, is the birthdate of director Barry Levinson (1942), who directed a movie that everyone has had to have seen at least once; the 1988 classic “Rain Man”, which in case you didn’t know, starred Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman and, although I could tell you what it was about, you should experience it the way that I did…I had won a call-in radio contest for an advanced screening of the movie.

Upon arriving at the Puck Building in New York, which is where it was being shown, I really hadn’t the technology that we have today.  I had no idea what the movie was about but I went, just to experience a movie BEFORE everyone else.  Needless to say, after watching the movie with about 100 other lucky people, I walked out of the theater and said to myself, “This movie is going to win a lot of awards”…the day before it was released to the public!

My ESP doesn’t really work anymore so I will finish that story and move on…

Also celebrating on this date are; late country legend Merle Haggard (1937-2016*), late legendary wrestler (and Dwayne Johnson’s grandfather) Peter Maivia (1937-1982), veteran actor Billy Dee Williams (1937), “Cheers” co-star John Ratzenberger (1947), former MLB star Bert Blyleven (1951) and former “Taxi” co-star Marilu Henner (1952).

Former NFL star-turned-broadcaster Sterling Sharpe (1965), MLB journeyman Bret Boone (1969), veteran actor Paul Rudd {Marvel’s “Ant-Man”, among others} (1969), former NHL star goalie Olaf Kolzig (1970), former “Wonder Years” co-star Jason Hervey (1972) and actor Zach Braff was born in 1975.

/,,,/ ROCK ON “RAYMOND” \,,,\

(* Mr. Haggard’s 2016 death occurred, ironically, on his 79th birthday, April 6, 2016.)

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