Friday, October 15, 2010

The 39 Steps

What day is today?
It’s Stacia’s birthday
What a great day for a birthday
Let’s all have some cake

“And you smell like one, too…”  With the obligatory Futurama reference out of the way, I thought I would devote this post to one of the best friends a person can have—Chuckie Award-winning blogger Stacia of She Blogged by Night fame.  Stacia turns thirty-nine today (as she asserts in this post), a milestone reached by another famous celebrity beloved by both of us…

But since Jack Benny’s birthday is February 14th (Valentine’s Day), what other famous people share a birthday today with our pal Stacia?  (Besides actress Jan Miner, of course.)  Here’s a partial list:

Virgil (70 B.C.-19 B.C.) – Roman guy who wrote a lot of poetry, like the Aeneid

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900) – German guy who philosophized a lot

John L. Sullivan (1858-1918) – Irish-American who boxed a lot

Jane Darwell (1879-1967) – Academy Award winner for Best Supporting Actress in The Grapes of Wrath (1940), a film which stars Henry Fonda…who is not particularly a favorite of Stacia’s

P.G. Wodehouse (1881-1975) – Witty British writer who created the characters of Bertie Wooster and his butler Jeeves

S.S. Van Dine [Willard Huntington Wright] (1887-1939) – Mystery novelist who created the fictional sleuth Philo Vance

Fritz Feld (1900-1993) – Character actor who was famous for making a popping sound by smacking his mouth with the palm of his hand

Mervyn LeRoy (1900-1987) – Motion picture director-producer whose films include Three on a Match (1932), which features Stacia fave Bette Davis

John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2006) – American economist

Robert Trout (1909-2000) – Legendary CBS newsman (“The Iron Man of Radio”)

Klaus Barbie (1913-1991) – Evil Nazi war criminal, a.k.a. “The Butcher of Lyon”

Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. (1917-2007) – Historian who worshipped the Kennedys

Alan Livingston (1917-2009) – Capitol Records executive and, despite what Larry Harmon claimed, the real creator of Bozo the Clown

Robert Rockwell (1920-2003) – Character actor who’s best known as bashful biologist Philip Boynton on the TV version of Our Miss Brooks

Mario Puzo (1921-1999) – Author of The Godfather

Lee Iacocca (1924-     ) – One-time CEO of Chrysler Corporation

Mark Lenard (1924-1996) – Character actor best known for playing Spock’s dad on Star Trek

Mickey “Guitar” Baker (1925-    ) – Rock ‘n’ roll guitarist

Evan Hunter (1926-2005) – American novelist-screenwriter who also wrote as “Ed McBain” (the 87th Precinct series)

Michel Foucault (1926-1984) – French guy who philosophized a lot

Art James (1929-2004) – Game show host best known as the announcer on Concentration

Barry McGuire (1935-    ) – The guy who sang Eve of Destruction but later repudiated it after a come-to-Jesus conversion

Linda Lavin (1937-    ) – Alice

Marv Johnson (1938-1993) – R&B/gospel music vocalist

Don Stevenson (1941-    ) – The drummer for Moby Grape

Penny Marshall (1942-    ) – Actress and director

Jim Palmer (1945-    ) – Former pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles, sportscaster and underwear shill

Richard Carpenter (1946-    ) – Karen’s brother and duet partner

Chris De Burgh (1948-    ) – The guy who sang The Lady in Red

Larry Miller (1953-    ) – Stand-up comedian, character actor and political columnist

Tito Jackson (1953-    ) – Michael and Janet Jackson’s older brother

Jere Burns (1954-    ) – Character actor who played Kirk on the sitcom Dear John (though I loved how he pronounced it “Girk”)

Cathy Ladman (1955-    ) – Stand-up comedienne and character actress

Tanya Roberts (1955-    ) – Sheena, Queen of the Jungle

Sarah Margaret “Fergie” Ferguson (1959-    ) – Duchess of York

Emeril Lagasse (1959-    ) – Telegenic chef (BAM!)

Todd Solondz (1959-    ) – Motion picture director of Happiness and Welcome to the Dollhouse

Jeffrey Jacquet (1966-    ) – Moppet actor on Mork & Mindy

Pretty distinguished company, don’t you think?  (Well, with the exception of the Nazi...and Tanya Roberts.)  Now, I flirted with several ideas for an ideal song to honor the Pride of Manhattan, Kansas’ natal anniversary—when she announced her intentions not to move beyond thirty-nine, the first tune that came to mine was Jerry Lee Lewis’ Thirty-Nine and Holding…and I even got lucky at YouTube, with a female version of the song.  Unfortunately, because this woman sounds as if she shouldn’t quit her day job anytime soon, I decided to go with the Benevolent Volcano herownself:

Happy birthday, Stacia!

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Stacia said...

Thanks sweetie! Such delicious half price cake AND a serenade from Bette! I am in such distinguished company, which I never knew. And I loved Larry Miller until I discovered he was a neocon Zionist columnist. Ouch. Oh, Internet, you prove that knowledge is pain.

Have a good weekend with the 'rents, Ivan, and thanks again. You're the best, Ivan, and I mean that.

Excuse me, I have a million things to say about "Pennies from Heaven".

rockfish said...

Very nice tribute to a great blogger. I eagerly await more on pennies from heaven... and John Kenneth Galbraith will always be considered Canadian, no matter what oath he took later in life.

hobbyfan said...

IIRC, Art James didn't host Concentration. He might've acted as an announcer at one time, though. Concentration's hosts included Hugh Downs, Bob Clayton, and in syndication, Jack Narz.

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

IIRC, Art James didn't host Concentration. He might've acted as an announcer at one time, though.

Well, it was more than one time -- but you are right, he wasn't the host. Mucho apologies for the screw-up.