Saturday, April 05, 2008

The Birthday Bunch

I can't really think of anything much to blog about right now, so I think I'll shine a tiny spotlight on some of the interesting crowd of people who (at least according to Wikipedia) are celebrating birthdays today (or would be if they were still living):

Joseph Lister, the guy who made the connection between dirt and infections, and brought us the wonderful world of antiseptics.

Booker T. Washington, a freed slave who became a prominent teacher.

Spencer Tracy, one of the great actors and portrayer of Fr. Flanagan in the Boys Town movies.

Melvyn Douglas, another great leading man, my favorite of whose movies is Ninotchka, opposite Greta Garbo.

Bette Davis, a great movie villainess (though she also played some great good guys too).

Gregory Peck, Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (which was one of my favorite books as a kid).

Michael Moriarty, Ben Stone on Law and Order, who is outspokenly pro-life.

Max Gail, who played Stan "Wojo" Wojeciehowicz on Barney Miller (I know that's before some of your times).

And it also happens to be the feast (i.e., birthday in heaven) of Vincent Ferrer, a Dominican saint of extraordinary coolness.

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