Calendar

So I skipped January’s calendar entirely this year, even though the Writing While Female Tour had a lovely reading at the fabulous landmark Greenwich Village branch of the superb New York Public Library that I should have told you about.  Let’s just blame that on an ongoing hangover from the holidays and start with February, shall we? Herewith, my annotated calendar of the birthdays of public figures.  I’m getting the listings from a very nice website, so I hope they will forgive me for being snarky toward them in some of my comments…

    Dec
    10
    Mon
    December 10, 1911 – Chet Huntley, newscaster, co-anchor on the “Huntley-Brinkley Report”
    Dec 10 all-day

    Oh, so that’s where they got the name…

    Dec
    12
    Wed
    December 12, 1923 – Bob Barker, TV game show host, “Truth or Consequences,” and long-time host of “The Price is Right”
    Dec 12 all-day

    Uhhh, yeah, AND a wonderful animal rights/animal welfare advocate…

    Dec
    14
    Fri
    December 14, 1946 -Patty Duke, actress, TV series “The Patty Duke Show”
    Dec 14 all-day

    Nope…it’s too easy…

    Dec
    15
    Sat
    December 15, 1832 – Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, engineer, designed the Eiffel Tower
    Dec 15 all-day

    Ditto; just too easy for this month, at this point…

    December 15, 1933 – Tim Conway, actor, comedian, “McHales’s Navy, “The Carol Burnett Show”
    Dec 15 all-day

    Have you seen those bits where he and Harvey Korman break in a sketch and just start giggling? Absolute comedic perfection!

    December 15, 1942 – Dave Clark, musician, leader of the “Dave Clark Five”
    Dec 15 all-day

    And the hits keep coming…

    Dec
    21
    Fri
    December 21, 1879 – Joseph Stalin, Soviet Russia Dictator
    Dec 21 all-day

    And, I’m just going to go out on a limb here…a major dickhead…

    Dec
    25
    Tue
    December 25, 1899 – Humphrey Bogart, actor
    Dec 25 all-day

    AND the star of my favorite movie of ALL TIME, “Casablanca”!

    December 25, 1924 – Rod Serling, host of “The Twilight Zone”
    Dec 25 all-day

    A genius. An absolute genius. That show is freakin’ BRILLIANT.

    Dec
    26
    Wed
    December 26, 1893 – Mao Zedong, Chinese Communist Leader
    Dec 26 all-day

    Also quite a dickhead, I suspect…