The great comedian Jack Benny wasn’t too fussy about celebrating birthdays after he turned 39. He celebrated on his radio program and thought it was so much fun, he decided to do the same thing the next year, because “There’s nothing funny about 40.” Jack would continue to celebrate his 39th birthday, 41 times. In 1974 when Jack Benny passed away, the headlines read, “Jack Benny Dies – at Age 39?”
Unlike his character on the radio, who was cheap, vain, petty, and self congratulatory, I wouldn’t consider myself as having those characteristics. But I never was thrilled with celebrating birthdays. It just seemed to be a reminder that nothing continues to be the same.
I’m not looking forward to getting older. As we all get older, our bodies become harder to manage. We look back at the years and ask each other, “how did we get this old?” Some people grow graceful. I, for one, am taking the time to get everything I’ve always wanted to do out of the way before it all goes to shit.
Today, I’ll just enjoy my favorite meal, Chicken Parmesan with some pasta and a slice of carrot cake. Maybe later this year I’ll treat myself to something special, like a trip somewhere exotic.
Here are some folks who were also born on this day!
Actress Ariel Winter in 1998.
Actor Elijah Wood, of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy in 1981.
Singer Nick Carter, formerly of the Backstreet Boys in 1980.
WWE Superstar, Sheamus in 1978.
Singer Joey Fatone of the group, NSYNC in 1977.
Rapper Rick Ross in 1977.
Singer Sarah McLachlan in 1968
Rapper Rahim in 1968.
Figure Skater Denise Beillemann in 1963.
Liberal Radio Talk Show Host Randi Rhodes in 1959.
Movie Director Frank Darabont (The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption.) in 1959.
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy in 1955.
Model Barbi Benton in 1950
Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs Head Coach in 1949
Actress Susan Howard from the TV show, Dallas in 1944
Businessman Carlos Slim, the richest man in the world in 1940.
Actor Alan Alda who played “Hawkeye” in the TV series, M*A*S*H in 1936.
On This Day In History: The space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after lift-off from the Kennedy Space Center in 1986. The images to this day still haunt me.
Seven crew members perished, including Christa McAuliffe, who was trying to become the first school teacher in space.
On this day in 1956, Elvis Presley made his first TV appearance.
After this performance, censors would televise Elvis’ next performance from the neck up.
Also born on this day were,
Painter, Jackson Pollock in 1912
Pianist & Composer, Arthur Rubinstein in 1887
and Henry VII who would rule England during the “House of Tudors”, in 1457. His son, Henry VIII would succeed him.