Party like it's 1999

Today is my birthday.

I'm 44 years old today. That makes me old enough to be your father. Every one of you. When did that happen?

44 was the number of my favorite TV channel as a kid. An independent station, back when such things existed. They used to have a show on Saturday afternoons - Creature Feature, with Dr. Paul Bearer - which ended when the person playing the host died. Some nostalgic types are actually trying to bring it back with a new host. Back then the fare was old Hammer horror films with Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, American International black and white B movies, and Japanese monster movies. How I loved it. Made me the slug I am today. Please don't mourn.

On this day in history:

William Penn, English reformer and founder of Pennsylvania, was born on October 14, 1644, in London, England. Persecuted in England for his Quaker faith, Penn established freedom of worship in Pennsylvania. The colony became a haven for minority religious sects from Germany, Holland, Scandinavia, and Great Britain. Thanks a lot, fanatic. At least I can enjoy the cheesesteaks.

The Battle of Hastings happened on this day in 1066. The Norman conquest of England. Back then it was cool to be named Norman. Right now it's cool to be named Brittany. Quite by coincidence I'm sure, King Harold of England died on this day, as did Erwin Rommel, Errol Flynn, Bing Crosby, Keenan Wynn, Leonard Bernstein, Harold Robbins, and Frankie Yankovic, whose polka music my father played non-stop, 24 hours a day. Explains a lot. I learned, recently, that Frankie Yankovic is NOT Weird Al Yankovic's father. So stop spreading that rumor.

Baby Jessica fell down a well on this day in 1987 prompting people the world over to say, "She got a movie deal for WHAT?" The movie, made for television, starred Patty Duke and Beau Bridges. At one time I wanted to have the sex with Patty Duke and her identical cousin at the same time. A Patty and Cathy sandwich. Booyah.

The first gay rights march in the US took place in Washington DC on this day in 1979. Speaking of open sexuality, I lost my virginity in 1979. I also still wore polyester shirts so popping my cherry was a pretty big deal, thank you very much. My first was a natural redhead. From Philadelphia of all places. Weird synchronicity there considering William Penn.

my favorite poet e.e. cummings was born on this day in 1894 the goat-footed balloonman whistles far and wee

Martin Luther King received the Nobel Peace Prize on this day in 1964. As a result I now know what street to buy drugs on in any city in America.

In 1912 Teddy Roosevelt was shot by a saloonkeeper while campaigning in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Despite having the bullet still in him, Roosevelt delivered his scheduled speech. His like would not survive in today's world. He would forget Poland. He would also probably not march in a gay right's parade. Speaking of Presidents, Dwight D. Eisenhower had his birthday today.

Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier on October 14, 1947. Look at that. At least two totally not gay men in a row in my history list. I'll bet Chuck boinked a lot of redheads from Philadelphia.

Finally, Disney on Ice is playing at the Wachovia Spectrum in Philadelphia today. Get your tickets now.

By the way, the rights to the song Happy Birthday to You, written by Mildred and Patty Smith, are owned by Warner Communications. Don't get sued.
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Happy Birthday(TM)! And you are not old enough to be my father, if that helps.