Thursday, November 20, 2014


Interestingly enough, I share my birthday today with comedians Richard Dawson and Joel McHale as well as Dick Smothers, V.P. Joe Biden, actress Bo Derek (she always ran on the beach better than me and looked way better doing it), astronomer Edward Hubble, author Don Delillo, Mark Gastineau (he ran and played football better than I could too) and Journalist Judy Woodruff, among many others.

I also share the date with friend and fellow Ravens Mavens writing buddy Jan Christensen. If you have seen her picture, you know she wears big hats way better than I do as well as being quite prolific book wise.

In history on this date, the British using tanks, which were thought to be more trouble than they were worth, as well as air support attacked German forces near Cambrai, France.  The Nuremberg Trials began in 1945. And, among other things on this date, in 1923 Garret Morgan patented the revolutionary three step traffic signal which included a “warning” between stop and go (equivalent of today’s yellow light). It is unknown exactly when humans evolved to interpret the warning signal as a reason to accelerate to beat the stop signal.  

Thank you one and all for the birthday wishes expressed here and elsewhere. Nobody has to be anywhere today---yeehaw!!!!—so the plan is to hang out at home and have a quiet day. There will also be serious consumption of chocolate cake.

*****Jinxed It*****

Not five minutes after I posted the above, it became clear I would be running errns as Sandi had an urgent need for her insulin and a couple of other things had to be done. At least it is a stunningly beautiful day here before possible severe weather rolls in late tonight thru Saturday.

And so it goes......


Barry Ergang said...

Happy birthday, you young punk.

The Old Timer

Caroline Clemmons said...

Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday, dear Kevin,
Happy Birthday to you.
Fortunately for you, you can't actually hear me singing to you.

Kevin R. Tipple said...

Thank you, Grandpa Barry, and Caroline.

Jan Christensen said...

Ah, Kevin, I know you'd look terrific in a fedora. Thanks for the shout out, and again, Happy Birthday, you kid, you.

Kevin R. Tipple said...

Happy birthday, Jan. Hope it was a good one.