I am never sure what to do with birthdays which really have no significant number attached to them. I turn 46 today and I am not sure what to say about the number other than I can say I am twenty three times two. If people can’t do basic math in their head I will at least come off younger than I really am. I have talked about this before but there are certain years that people pay attention to and they are usually followed by a zero of some sort and I am four years away from saying I have lived half a century.
Famous people besides me that were born on March 18th include Grover Cleveland (22nd AND 24th President of the United States – the only guy to do this); John Calhoun – American Statesman; Rudolf Diesel (Yeah ,the guy who invented the diesel engine); a few actors like Peter Graves and George Plimpton. Queen Latifah is exactly one year younger than me.
Some events of interest on March 18th. The Congress of the Confederate States adjourned for the last time in 1865, Phoebe ( a moon of Saturn) was discovered in 1899, In 1945, 1250 bombers attacked Berlin (an event that may have family significance as my grandfather was flying B-17s at the time), NATO was ratified in 1949, The supreme court handed down their Miranda decision in 1963, On the day I was born President Nixon authorized the secret bombing of Cambodia. There are many more the most ancient of which was the Roman Senate annulled Tiberius will in AD37 and made Caligula emperor instead, a mistake they would definitely come to regret.
In entertainment people were mourning Barbara Bates who had starred in All About Eve who had committed suicide on the day I was born. She had been in well over thirty films for the theatre and television. I must say based on the picture below I can understand the feeling of loss. She was only 44.
The top three songs that day were #3 Crimson and Clover by Tommy James and the Shondells, #2 – Dizzy by Tommy Roe and #1 Everyday People by Sly and the Family Stone. Of which I think I like Crimson and Clover best. Yeah, I know Joan Jett did it again later but to be honest Tommy’s guitar work is more classic and funky.
One of the books on the shelf the day I was born or was close to being out was The Godfather by Mario Puzo which would become a movie a few years later that I still find classic. In the theater was one of my all time Clint Eastwood favorites Where Eagles Dare. It was a box office smash grossing 7 million.
The point is that on the day I was born I really couldn’t enjoy or consider these things and when you look back on the day you are born it seems a foreign world. I even look back on my childhood with the same kind of feeling. So much has changed in my lifetime and it is quite amazing to think about. No personal computers, no video games and a world still knee-deep in the Vietnam and Cold Wars.
Through it all I can’t complain. I have watched in amazement but I have also participated in some of the great moments. 46 years down and hopefully that many still to go.
Hope no one minds but I am taking the rest of the day off. Might still workout but for the most part this day is just to reflect and relax for me. Catch up on the writing over the next three days.
Blessings and Cheers!!!