Thursday, April 09, 2009

Happy Birthday Curly

Odd how some posts I concoct start off with the idea of keeping the post on the lighter side of things. Humor or at least subjects with little controversy attached being my goal. Often, no sooner do I get started with some research for a picture or background information, all the fun and humor get smacked out of me with the click of a mouse.

This morning's effort is a perfect example. Today is my birthday. I have had enough of them so instead of tooting my own horn, I was going to find someone else who shares this unique day with me. Someone famous or not so famous. But famous enough to have made some birthday list somewhere. By some vicarious manipulations, some of their fame might just rub off for a second or two.

At History Orb.com I found a link to 242 people way more famous than I who were born on April 9. I wandered up an down the list. Stopping when I recognized some name, or something caught my eye. At one point, the words "Columbine Shooter" grabbed my attention. All the fun reasons I was here got shot in the butt right then and there.

It never dawned on me that Evil could be born on the same day as I. But there it is. Eric Harris, one of the two Columbine Shooters was born on 4/9/81. 18 years, 11days later he and his buddy, Dylan Klebold died of self inflicted gunshot wounds. In their wake, they left 12 dead and 23 wounded people who had been just been in the wrong place at the wrong time. As it turned out according to to exhaustive FBI profiling and investigation, their act of terror was not even just payback for normal teen angst and mistreatment. They were hoping to make the Oklahoma Bombing look pitiful in comparison to their effort. They did everyone a favor by offing themselves.

Magnar Am not only shares my birthday, but my birth year also. Today we are both 57 years old. There is not much out there about Magnar. But way more than there is about me. Magnar is affiliated with some worldwide organization against hunger. And he obviously takes his Norwegian roots seriously. His discography does not seem to have made it out of Norway.

Magnar is a Norwegian Contemporary Classical Music Composer. The term "Norwegian Contemporary Classical Music Composer" came from some web site. I assume it is an official designation in the hierarchy of musical genre possibilities. The audiophiles out there just love to pigeonhole every type of music as specifically as possible. Why is that? Is it not enough to just say, the guy composed music for some Norwegians and leave it at that?

And last but no means least is one Earl "Curly" Lambeau. Curly was born on April 9, 1898. Curly was so good at football, he made it a career. He was the Green Bay Packers first coach and has since had a stadium named after him. He is certainly more famous than I. And apparently better at the game of football also. He coached the Packers from 1921 to 1949 and had almost a .600 winning average.

So Happy Birthday to all of you out there who were born this day. Even those of you dead and long gone. April 9 may just be another day in the life for most of us, but for some of us, it is another day but with a footnote.

Later...............

(585 / 5319)

14 comments:

Demeur said...

Let me be the first to wish you a happy B'day. Although I must say birthdays as we get older lose their luster. There is at some point a wish that we could just freeze time and just remain a 40 something. Life seems unfair to us older folk. Just as we gain wisdom and a bit of money it's time for nature to take it's toll on our bodies. The vision starts going along with the hearing and then there's the aches and pains we never had in our teens. It just doesn't seem fair. But I guess there is one good thing at least in your case and that would be that at least you weren't born on April 1.

Utah Savage said...

Happy Birthday! Woohoo! Is that handsome boy you? I bet you still look like that boy underneath the wooly exterior.

I was stopping by to ask another favor, but today is not the day for favors. I should think of something I can do to make your birthday a thing to celebrate, but the decade+ I have on you means I've lost than many more thousand brain cells. So imagine me in my party hat singing a loud and slightly off key "Happy Birthday to you!" If I were younger I'd be dressed in an clingy evening gown and I'd do the breathy Marilyn Monroe version and webcam it to you.

Gary ("Old Dude") said...

Happy birthday kid, wow 57 huh??---damn, give me a moment or two and I might be able to remember where I was when I was only 57---hmm lets see----subtract x from todays year, that would be hmm oooh yeah now I remember it was 1994----I lived in Colorado Springs----ah yes I remember it well----thanks for assisting in the flashback---oh, oh, HAPPY BIRTHDA ---every dog has his day, yours is today (lol)

starviego said...

If you want to find out what really happened at Columbine I suggest you read what the eyewitnesses had to say:

http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/columbineeight.php

Dawn on MDI said...

Happy birthday, friend! Many happy returns of the day!

Chef Cthulhu said...

Happy Birthday, dude! And many more.

Kulkuri said...

I'm a day late and a dollar short, but happy b-day anywho. I remember 57, I think! They say as you get older the memory is the first thing to go and I forget what the second thing is.

Middle Ditch said...

Happy belated birthday. What a quaint idea to look up famous people born on your birthday. I have never done that. Should I?

You are born in the same year as me. That's great! Creativity all around us.

A Midnight Rider said...

Happy Birthday. We'll leave it at that, ok?

Randal Graves said...

You old sucker, I hope you didn't celebrate by riding your bike around town while drunk. We all share birthdays with forces of both good and evil. I share mine with noted conductor Claudio Abbado and flying Nazi stooge Willy Messerschmitt.

BBC said...

Hey, happy birthday, I hope that you got laid.

BBC said...

57, you will learn much more if you get to my age. Well, depending on your path.

robin andrea said...

A belated happy birthday to you. In a little more than a month, I'll be turning 57. I may have to check out history orb.com to see who I share my day with. Great idea. Hope you had a fine birthday.

El Cerdo Ignatius said...

Happy belated birthday, Crum. Hope your b'day was good and your Easter weekend likewise.