Thursday, June 8, 2017

An Unlikely Birthday Party ...

After a quick skim of  the headlines and either a few disbelieving snorts or else a frown, I turn to Today's Birthdays.  Many mornings I am somewhat surprised to see that so-and-so is still on our side of the grass.  Without having given the person much, if any, thought - there is the reminder.  I often have a kind of guilty feeling for having not paid attention and just assumed the worst .

  Such was the case with today's list, namely Jerry Stiller who turned 90.  He's Ben Stiller's Dad.  He and Ben's mother Anne Meara, who died in 2015 age 85,  were a famous comedy duo back in the day and if he's 90 today, it was some days ago.

Much better know and certainly much more visible is Barbara Bush who is 92 today.  Husband George H.W. will be 93 next Monday.  Both have been in and out of the hospital for some time, which was always reported in the media.  Given today's media attitude, it may have been wishful thinking on the part of such as CNN, the NY and LA Times or the Washington Post that they could finally run the obits they had been feverishly clinging to, for a long time. 

Nancy Sinatra, 77, and Boz Scaggs, 73, might favor the crowd with a musical number or two.

Scott Adams is 60 today.  Don't recognize the name?  He's the cartoonist and hero of the cubicle crowd who creates "Dilbert."

The person that is truly deserving of our best birthday wishes is former U.S. Rep, Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona who is a hard-fought 47 today.  Being shot in the head can really slow down the aging process.

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