# CDLXVIII…In My Father’s Honor (1931-1999)…

On this date in 1931, my father, the late Frederick H. Johnson was born in New Jersey.  While this may not mean anything to you, my adoring readers, it literally means the world to me.  Without his “contribution” to this world (you’ve had biology, yes?), you might not have been privy to my unique views of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness {which I’m still trying to find}.

My father instilled in me, among other things, the fact that nothing in this world is perfect but, with the proper amounts of patience and tenacity, anything can be achieved.  He was a kind-hearted man with a knack for life that was mirrored by my late brother Fred, insofar as they both didn’t let too much break their resolves.  His time as my parent was filled with such love and devotion that, if he were alive today, he’d probably curse me out for writing about him because he wasn’t really into bragging but, by the same token, he would praise me for doing what I love!

Although the days of old have passed to the next generation, I am still left with very fond memories that can never be replaced.  Such memories include things like being with him on all the excursions to my grandmother’s house, working with him (as he was a brilliant mason) to fix my late aunt’s property, the fact that the man actually apologized for missing my wedding (which he didn’t need to do, in the first place) and all of the celebrations in Atlantic Highlands, NJ (where a plaque honoring my late uncle Edward still resides).

In his honor, his birthday twins include; Coca-Cola inventor John Pemberton (1831-1888), Ferdinand von Zeppelin {who was the creator of the airships named for him} (1838-1917), late oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937) and his grandson, former Vice President Nelson Rockefeller (1908-1979), late fashion designer Hugo Boss (1885-1948), late actor/singer Jerry Vale (1930-2014) and late “Young Frankenstein” co-star Marty Feldman (1934-1982).

Also celebrating today are/were; singer/actor Steve Lawrence (1935), actor/comedian Jeffrey Tambor (1944), celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck (1949), actress Anjelica Huston (1951), singer/actor Kevin Bacon (1958), country sensation Toby Keith (1961), Filipino comic book writer/artist Whilce Portacio (1963), singer Beck (1970) and Sonata Arctica guitarist Elias Viljanen was born in 1975.

/,,,/ ROCK ON DAD \,,,\