Sunday, January 29, 2006

Aquarius rising

What do Thomas Paine, Tom Selleck, Oprah Winfrey, W.C. Fields, Leadbelly, William McKinley, Edward Abbey, Katharine Ross, Anton Chekhov, Heather Graham, Victor Mature, Paddy Chayefsky, Germaine Greer, Claudine Longet and Ron Franscell have in common?

Immense personal charisma? A way with words? Widely read blogs?

Nope.

We were all born on January 29.

(I should have included Shirley MacLaine on this list. In 104 BC and in 1747, she was born on January 29, too.)

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UPDATE: My friend and editorial cartoonist Andy Coughlan, who immersed himself in Chekhov for his master's thesis, says ol' Anton's birthday is reported variously, including Jan. 29. But Andy's most reliable birthdate for Chekhov is Jan. 17. I have therefore barred the Russian playwright from the exclusive January 29 Club, which accepts only one-365th of the entire population.

11 comments:

Ivy said...

Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you!

My bday is coming shortly.. Tuesday.. I'm starting to ignore birthdays..

Ron Franscell said...

Happy birthday to YOU, too, Ivy! But you're way too young to start ignoring them. Embrace the wisdom that comes with experience and all that yada-yada crap.

Ranando said...

Can you Imagine being anything else but an Aquarian? I can't.

Once again Happy Birthday.

Anonymous said...

Well, you have the wisdom of Thomas Paine, the looks of Tom Selleck and the quick wit of W.C. Fields. Now if you just has Oprah's money, we'd be celebrating somewhere tropical!

Happy Birthday my friend...

Ron Petitt

Ron Franscell said...

More like Leadbelly's belly, Claudine Longet's trigger finger, and Chekhov's sense of humor.

But thank you anyway, my conveniently blind friend.

Patty said...

Happy birthday. And many more.

Chancelucky said...

Happy birthday to Oprah and you.

Love, Rita said...

Better late than never, right? Happy Birthday, Ron! You have a unique perspective on many things. I enjoy reading your posts.

Cris said...

Happy Celebrations....

Brighten a dreary winter day, thank your mother for her efforts, and enjoy the world you have created for yourself and others. Think about the year to come and what you would like to celebrate next birthday.

Happy Birthday (albiet late) Ron....Thanks for sharing yourself with us.

SingingSkies said...

Shouldn't that be one-365 and 1/4th of the population? *chuckle* Those leap year babies only have a birthday every 4 years!

Hope yours was a wonderful one!

Brian Shields said...

Brian Shields from The Bay Area is Talking (dot com)

January 29, 1962.

The January 29th I usually quote is William McKinley who was killed by an anarchist... back in the day when anarchists did more than form bad punk bands.