I check the birthdays in the paper every day. Why, I don’t know. Sometimes to say, “She’s still alive?” or, “He’s that old?”
We have a motley group today, February 6th.
Starting with the “She’s still alive?” category, Zsa Zsa Gabor is 93. I never knew what she did except be famous. Famous for being famous. Which, in retrospect, means she was way ahead of her time. She’d be the Queen of TMZ if she were still in her prime.
Patrick Macnee is 88. A nice British actor, all you need to know is that he got to stand next to Diana Rigg (Mrs. Peel) in “The Avengers.” Maybe Emerson, Lake and Palmer wrote “Lucky Man” for him. (“Ooooh, what a lucky man he was.”)
Rip Torn is 79. The poor man deserves to be seen in something other than his mug shot. Enormously talented and apparently enormously troubled, he’ll always be Artie on “The Larry Sanders Show” to me.
Mamie Van Doren is 79. Ummm…she dated Bo Belinsky. (Don’t remember Mamie Van Doren? That’s OK. Never heard of Bo Belinsky? That’s OK, too.)
Mike Farrell is 71. B.J. Hunnicutt. Social activisit. Married to Shelley Fabares of “Donna Reed” fame. I wonder if he sings “Johnny Angel” on karaoke night?
Tom Brokaw is 70. The last man standing of the Big Three. (Yes, I know Rather is alive and harvesting acorns.) Still used wisely and well by NBC.
Fabian is 67. Not to be confused with Bobby Rydell.
Michael Tucker is 66. Stuart on “L.A. Law.” When people watched NBC Thursday nights at 10. And in the words of Scarlet from “Gone With The Wind”: “As God is my witness, as God is my witness they’re not going to lick me. I’m going to live through this and when it’s all over, America will watch NBC on Thursday night again!” Or something like that.
Natalie Cole is 60. A fellow UMie (UMass grad). She was a couple of years ahead of me. Performed with a group called “Black Magic” if I recall correctly. Saw her perform at a campus bar called the Blue Wall. The wall was blue. Go figure.
The rest of today’s notable celebrants are younger than me. So the heck with them. (Did I say the heck with them? That’s so not me. I meant to say screw ’em. There. I feel better.)