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Happy Birthday Clint Eastwood!


Born in San Francisco on May 31, 1930, Clint Eastwood stands out as one of the best actors and film directors; a true American original.  He began his acting career in 1955 with uncredited bit parts in such cinematic gems as “Revenge of the Creature.”  He first achieved some measure of fame in the TV western “Rawhide,” but he gained even greater popularity in the 1960s with the “spaghetti westerns” (so called because they were filmed in Italy).  Who can forget “A Fistful of Dollars” or “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly?”  In the 1970s, he further cemented his stardom with the “Dirty Harry” series.  I’ll forgive his bizarre performance during last year’s Republican National Convention because he’s more than made up for it with his large body of work.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)


Dirty Harry (1971)


Play Misty for Me (1971)


The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)


Unforgiven (1992)


The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

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Happy Birthday Herman Wouk!


Herman Wouk, author of such literary classic as “The Caine Mutiny,” “The Winds of War,” “War and Remembrance” and “The Lawgiver,” was born May 27, 1915 in New York City.

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Happy Birthday Stevie Nicks!


Stevie Nicks born Stephanie Lynn Nicks on May 26, 1948 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Stand Back


Edge of Seventeen


If Anyone Falls


Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around

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Happy Birthday Patti LaBelle!

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Born Patricia Louise Holte on May 24, 1944 in Philadelphia.


Lady Marmalade

If You Asked Me To

New Attitude

Somebody Loves You Baby (You Know Who It Is)


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Happy Birthday Ron Reagan, Jr.!


Born May 20, 1958, in Los Angeles, Ronald Prescott Reagan is the son of the late Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis Reagan.  He’s also one of my favorite political commentators; a clear liberal voice that often rises above the muck of TV news.  It’s ironic, considering that his father is a conservative icon.  But, Ron has no patience for the new brand of Republican.  He openly supported John Kerry during Kerry’s bid for the presidency in 2004.  A year earlier he condemned the Bush Administration for trying to take the helm of conservatism.  “The Bush people have no right to speak for my father, particularly because of the position he’s in now,” Ron, Jr., said. “Yes, some of the current policies are an extension of the ‘80s.  But the overall thrust of this administration is not my father’s – these people are overly reaching, overly aggressive, overly secretive, and just plain corrupt.  I don’t trust these people.”

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Happy Birthday Jim Lehrer!


Born in Wichita, Kansas on May 19, 1934, Jim Lehrer is best known for the “MacNeil – Lehrer Report” (now the “PBS News Hour”) on PBS, but he has a distinguished career in journalism.  Lehrer earned degrees in journalism from Victoria College and the University of Missouri, before serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.  Afterwards, he went to work for the “Dallas Morning News” in 1959 and then with the “Dallas Times Herald” in 1966.  His newspaper work led him to KERA-TV, the Dallas affiliate of PBS, where he became executive director of public affairs.

He remained with PBS when he transferred to Washington, D.C., a move that proved vital for him and public television.  Once there, he met and teamed up with another veteran journalist Robert MacNeil.  The duo gained recognition for journalistic integrity and excellence when they began covering the Watergate hearings live in 1973.  It was unprecedented for its time; an early version of reality TV.

I had the pleasure of meeting Jim Lehrer at a writers’ conference in Austin in May of 2009.  He is the author of 20 books, 2 memoirs, 3 plays and a non-fiction piece about presidential debates entitled “Tension City.”  He is more affable than he appears on television and entertained the small crowd with backroom stories of the news arena.  Looking at all the talking heads on national television, I can honestly say very few compare to Jim Lehrer.

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Happy Birthday Janet Jackson!


Born May 16, 1966.

Janet Jackson



What Have You Done for Me Lately?


Miss You Much


 Nasty Boys


Black Cat


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Happy Birthday George Lucas!


Born May 14, 1944 in Modesto, California, Lucas is best known for the “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” series.  But, his first film, “THX-1138,” flopped when it came out in 1971.  It was a full-length version of a short film he made while a student at the University of Southern California.  He redeemed himself, however, with a decidedly home-themed movie, “American Graffiti,” in 1973, and has enjoyed one success after another since.

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Happy Birthday Stevie Wonder!

Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder, born Steveland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950 in Saginaw, Michigan.

Uptight (Everything’s Alright), 1965

For Once in My Life, 1969

Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours, 1970

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August 14 Notable Birthdays

If today is your birthday, “Happy Birthday!”


Steve Martin (writer: The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour [1968-69]; comedian, actor: All of Me, Roxanne, L.A. Story, Parenthood, Father of the Bride, Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, The Jerk, The Man with Two Brains, Three Amigos, Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Saturday Night Live) is 67.

Actor Antonio Fargas (Car Wash, I’m Gonna Git You Sucka!, Shaft, Starsky and Hutch) is 66.

Singer – bass guitarist Larry Graham (Sly and the Family Stone; Graham Central Station) is 66.

Actress Susan Saint James (Susan Jane Miller; The Name of the Game, McMillan and Wife, Kate and Allie, Carbon Copy, Love at First Bite, Desperate Women) is 66.

Author Danielle Steel (Schuelein-Steel; Vanished, Wanderlust, Daddy, The Ring, Secrets, Going Home) is 65.

Cartoonist Gary Larson (The Far Side) is 62.

International Women’s Sports and Olympic Hall of Famer Debbie Meyer (1st swimmer to win 3 gold medals at one Olympics [1968: 200, 400 and 800-meter]) is 60.

Actress Jackée Harry (227, Sister, Sister, The Royal Family) is 56.

Former basketball player Earvin “Magic” Johnson (LA Lakers; 1992 U.S. Men’s Olympic Basketball Team) is 53.

Actress Susan Olsen (The Brady Bunch, The Bradys, The Brady Bunch Hour) is 51.

Actress Halle Berry (Monster’s Ball, Living Dolls, Knots Landing, Boomerang, Jungle Fever, Losing Isaiah, Executive Decision, Bulworth, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, X-Men) is 46.

Actress Catherine Bell (JAG, Mother of the Bride, Crash Dive, Black Thunder, The Time Shifters) is 44.

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