Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Birthday Jackpot

What the hell is the deal with February 20?

I mean, do you have any idea how many awesome people were born on this day?
Spoiler alert: not me.
Check out this short list of birthday boys and girls. And if you happen to celebrate your birthday today, I bow to you. You’re in amazing company.

Have a cake.

Today is the birthdate of Pierre Boulle (d. 1994), who wrote The Bridge over the River Kwai AND Planet of the Apes.

It’s also the 87th birthday of Richard Matheson, one of my favoritest writers ever. What did Richard Matheson write? Oh, let’s see: I Am Legend, The Shrinking Man, the “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” Episode of “The Twilight Zone,” “Duel,” “Trilogy of Terror” – wait. Trilogy of Freaking Terror. Eeeeee!

Cue Zuni Fetish Doll.

Actor Sidney Poitier celebrates a birthday today. He shares it with Gale “Mr. Mooney” Gordon.

Love me some Mr. Mooney.

Oh, you like sports? How about hockey great Phil Esposito, race-car driver Bobby Unser, and NASCAR/Indy Car impresario Roger Penske? Their birthdays are today, too.

And Gloria Vanderbilt! It’s her birthday. You know, she’s Anderson Cooper’s mom.

I just put that in there so I could post this picture of AC
stepping out with Grover.
Also from the world of fashion, Cindy Crawford’s mole celebrates today.

Mole. Hehehe.

Over in music, Walter Becker of Steely Dan turns 63 today, and J. Geils (can’t remember the name of his band) turns 67.

And the sniveling coward Kurt Cobain would have been 46,
had he not decided fame and fortune and a baby daughter
weren’t worth living for.

Basketball dudes Stephon Marbury and Sir Charles Barkley have birthdays on this auspicious day.

It’s the 71st birthday of turtle-faced Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell.


OMG – it’s Joel Hodgson’s birthday, too!

Full disclosure: I prefer Mike Nelson.
Excessive disclosure: I really prefer Crow T. Robot.

I mean, February 20th is just chock-full of cool famous folks’ birthdays. I haven’t even mentioned singer Buffy Sainte-Marie, photographer Ansel Adams, renowned ex-wife Ivana Trump, directors Robert Altman and Mike Leigh, pixie Sandy Duncan, and that chick Chris Brown beat up.

Yeah, Rihanna. Her.

I’m feeling a little jealous that I don’t get to be in such illustrious company. What the hell do they put in the water in the middle of May?  I don’t know, but I shall hereby call it Awesome Sauce.

Anyway, many happy returns to everyone celebrating a birthday today. There will be no cash prize.


  1. May IS full of Awesome Sauce! You know how I know? Because I was born in the middle of it too. But mostly because I said so.

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