Well, it’s my birthday too, yeah! Actually, it’s not. But if today is your birthday, you’re in good company. How do I know? Well, you see, we here at the Library have access to this marvelous book called Chase’s Calendar of Events. It’s an annual publication that lists all major historic events, national this or that days, and famous people’s birthdays for every date of the year. When we Eleventh Stack bloggers are stuck for a blog post topic (nahhhh, that never happens, right?), this is a great place for us to check for a timely, educational, and possibly entertaining subject. I can honestly say that Chase’s is my favorite reference book of all time.
So, back to today’s birthdays. Here’s a list of just some of the famous (and infamous) people born today. If any of them strike your fancy, you know the library has books and/or DVDs available about or by them.
Ethan Coen (9/21/1957- ) – Ethan, along with his brother Joel, form the duo known in the movie world as the Coen Brothers. Now, I can’t say that I always ‘get’ their movies. I found the ending of A Serious Man to be a little abrupt. But Hollywood loves them, as evidenced by 4 Oscars and countless other awards and nominations.
Fannie Flagg (9/21/1944- ) – This comedian and author is best known for her book Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café and won an Academy Award for the movie screenplay she adapted from this. She has a new book coming out in November 2010, so watch for it!
Larry Hagman (9/21/1931- ) – Who shot JR? If you don’t know the answer to that, or even who JR is, you can check out our Dallas DVDs and other big and small screen productions in which Mr. Hagman has appeared.
Chuck Jones (9/21/1912 – 2/22/2002) – You know him whether you think you do or not. He’s the genius animator behind Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Porky Pig, Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, etc. The list of his characters goes on and on. One of his works, What’s Opera Doc?, has even been inducted into the National Film Registry for being “among the most culturally, historically and aesthetically significant films of our time.”
Stephen King (9/21/1947- ) – What do I even need to say about Mr. King? If you haven’t heard of this horror author by now, I would say it’s time you came out from under the rock where you’ve been residing. His latest novel, Under the Dome, comes in at a hefty 1074 pages and therefore can also be used as a step stool, car jack, or for crushing small animals and children. (Not that I would ever advocate doing any of those things with a book!)
Rob Morrow (9/21/1962- ) – I remember Rob from his days playing the doctor in the television show Northern Exposure. (Which I personally think ‘jumped the shark’ during his final episode.) But those of you who are younger probably best know him as the FBI agent brother on Numb3rs.
Bill Murray (9/21/1950- ) – “This crowd has gone deadly silent, a Cinderella story outta nowhere. Former greenskeeper and now about to become the masters champion … He’s on his final hole. He’s about 455 yards away, he’s gonna hit about a 2 iron I think … IT’S IN THE HOLE!” OK, so he’s done more than Caddyshack for sure (Saturday Night Live, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, etc), but who doesn’t love Caddyshack?
H.G. Wells (9/21/1866 – 8/13/1946) – This is the well known Father of Science Fiction and author of the book War of the Worlds, which was famously turned into the radio broadcast by Orson Welles that caused widespread panic when it aired on Halloween night in 1938. His novels and works of non-fiction spoke of a future that included robots, nuclear war, global warfare, and chemical weapons at a time when very few believed they were a real possibility. In the preface to the third edition (1941) of his book, War in the Air, Wells wrote “Again I ask the reader to note the warnings I gave in that year, twenty years ago. Is there anything to add to that preface now? Nothing except my epitaph. That, when the time comes, will manifestly have to be: ‘I told you so. You damned fools.’ ” Enough said.
OK, so maybe you think a few of these people are not such good company, but you have to admit one thing about them all. They have been entertaining at some point in time…
Oh, and Happy Birthday!
P.S. Sorry if you hate that song and it’s now stuck in your head. But I had to do it…