A very happy, happy birthday to my father.
Today my dad is 91 years old. NINETY ONE!
Last year's birthday. When he was just 90.
Can you imagine?
He was born in 1923.
And he was in good company. Also hitting the delivery rooms that year were:
Bob Barker (Game show host-The Price is Right)
Don Adams (Actor-Get Smart)
Bob Dole (U.S. Representative)
Charlton Heston (Actor-movies)
Henry Kissinger (Diplomat)
Peter Lawford (Actor)
Rocky Marciano (Boxer)
Jean Stapleton (Actress-All in the Family)
Franco Zeffirelli (Director)
Among many others, famous and not.
In 1923 Warren G. Harding was our 29th president until he died unexpectedly in August of that year. Calvin Coolidge succeeded him.
That year Time Magazine was launched.
Howard Carter opened up King Tutankhamun's tomb.
Insulin was introduced as a treatment for diabetes.
Adolf Hitler was getting himself organized and starting to stir up trouble.
So was the Ku Klux Klan.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame starring Lon Cheney was in the theaters.
It was a different time.
Imagine the changes my father has seen!
He's the father of three, grandfather to seven and great grandfather to eight.
Married for 64 years to my mother. Let me repeat: Sixty four years! (Almost 65.)
What a long and lovely life. Here's to many more birthdays.
Hope you have a great day, Daddy-O!
(And sorry, no new pictures. The Internet tech came out and "fixed" my Internet service so now nothing works. Best I could do.)
And to put the year 1923 into perspective, for all of you Masterpiece Classic aficionados, this season's series of Downton Abbey is set in 1922 with the Christmas special set in 1923.
Like I said, Wow!