Today is The BCPF’s birthday. The woman that keeps me alive. The woman that keeps me sane. The woman that keeps me. My honey. My baby. My lady. My woman. My Cinnamon Toast Crunch. My rock. My best girl. My everything.
Even in my (in)famous verbosity, I can’t come up with enough things to say about this beautiful woman. I can thank her parents for being the artists they were and creating such a perfect piece of art. She is everything I could ever want in a wife and a life partner. I don’t deserve her. I really don’t. But, I feel lucky every day about how I’ve somehow won this lottery.
I know there’s a lot of mushy-mushy in that, but it’s all 100% true and heartfelt.
I know that she likes to know this stuff and is probably well-aware of the info I’m about to give, but for those of you who are just reading this and have waded through the sickening PDA above, you may find it interesting who she shares a birthday with.
- Rita Angus, a famous New Zealand painter.
- Agatha Von Trappe, the eldest daughter of Georg Von Trappe, who was the subject of The Sound of Music; she was portrayed as “Liesl” in the film.
- Leonard Chess, founder of Chess Records which was big in the development of electronic blues, Chicago blues and rock and roll.
- Millard Kaufman, an American screenwriter and novelist. His works include the Academy Award-nominated Bad Day at Black Rock. He was also one of the creators of Mr. Magoo.
- Elaine de Kooning, an Abstract Expressionist and Figurative Expressionist painter in the post-World War II era.
- Gordon MacRae, an American actor, singer and radio/television host, who appeared in the film versions of two Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, Oklahoma! and Carousel.
- Jack Kerouac, pioneer of the Beat Generation. His books include On the Road, The Sea is My Brother, Big Sur among others.
- Mae Young, a bad-arsed pioneer in women’s wrestling. She was still taking hard bumps, off of stages through tables, well into her 70s/early 80s.
- Harry Harrison, an American science fiction author, known for his character The Stainless Steel Rat and for his novel Make Room! Make Room! which was the rough basis for the motion picture Soylent Green, which I made The BCPF and her mother watch while they were attending to me during my recovery from surgery. She’s never forgiven me for that and I keep rubbing salt in that would.
- John Clellon Holmes, an American author, poet and professor, best known for his 1952 novel Go. Considered the first “Beat” novel, Go depicted events in his life with his friends Jack Kerouac (whom he shared a birthday), Neal Cassady and Allen Ginsberg.
- David Nadien, violinist.
- Edward Albee, an American playwright known for works such as The Zoo Story, The Sandbox, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, A Delicate Balance, and Three Tall Women.
- Myrna Fahey, an American actress best known for her role as Maria Crespo in Walt Disney’s Zorro and as Madeline Usher in the film version of Edgar Allan Poe’s, The Fall of the House of Usher.
- Barbara Feldon, American character actress, primarily known for her roles on television. Her most prominent role was that of Agent 99 on the 1960s sitcom Get Smart.
- Virginia Hamilton, an African-American children’s books author.
- Al Jarreau, American singer and musician who sang, among other things, the Moonlighting theme.
- Dean Cundey, American cinematographer and film director. He is known for his collaborations with John Carpenter, Steven Spielberg, and Robert Zemeckis.
- Liza Minnelli, an American actress and singer who happens to be the daughter of Judy Garland.
- Frank Welker, American actor and voice actor. One of my favorite voices, ever. He is best known for voicing Scooby-Doo and Fred Jones from the Scooby-Doo franchise, Megatron and Soundwave in the Transformers animated cartoons and countless voices for Disney and other animators.
- Mitt Romney. She’s probably not too happy about this one.
- James Taylor, singer-songwriter and guitarist. She is happy about this one.
- Rob Cohen, American director, producer, and screenwriter of film and television.
- Steve Harris, English musician, bassist, keyboardist, backing vocalist, primary songwriter and founder of the band Iron Maiden.
- Dale Murphy, played for the Atlanta Braves.
- Marlon Jackson, entertainer, singer, and dancer. Jackson was a member of the Jackson 5, and is the sixth child of the Jackson family.
- Jason Beghe, American film and television actor.
- Courtney B. Vance, actor notable for his roles in the feature films Hamburger Hill and The Hunt for Red October, and more.
- Titus Welliver, an actor on Sons of Anarchy and others.
- Chris Sanders, American animation director, film director, screenwriter, producer, illustrator and voice actor. He is best known for co-writing and directing Disney’s Lilo & Stitch and DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon.
- Daryl Strawberry, baseball.
- John Andretti, race driver.
- Steve Finley, baseball.
- Aaron Eckhart, actor, Harvey Dent/Two-Face in Dark Knight.
- Jake Tapper, CNN.
- Pete Doherty, an English musician, songwriter, actor, poet, writer, and artist. He is best known for being co-frontman of The Libertines.
- Holly Williams, singer/songwriter, daughter of Hank Williams, Jr. and granddaughter of Hank, Sr. (obviously).
- Sam Levine, an American actor and comedian. He is known for his portrayal of Neal Schweiber on NBC’s short-lived Freaks and Geeks.
- Christina Grimmie, an American YouTuber, singer, songwriter, and actress. She was on The Voice and was murdered by an obsessed fan in 2016.
So, that’s a “short” list of the many people that share a birthday with the Most Awesome of Awesomes.
Stephanie (yep, that’s her name), I love you with more than my heart. My heart is flawed and you deserve a lot more than that. So, I love you with all my being. Here’s to the next 4X years with you!
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“And now I’m even older…” – The BCPF