Carlos D. is forty today, and if that means something to you you are probably pretty close to that milestone one way or another yourself. The rest of you should just remain blissfully ignorant, and maybe a little grateful.
If all you did in your life was co-write one of the few songs that it is indisputably impossible to remain sad while hearing, it would have marked yours out as a successful life, but you, John William Oates, have written a bunch of other terrific things and are part of popular music's pantheon of duos, so on this, your 65th birthday, we salute you.
We used this same clip to note the passing of Peter Falk and what's worth pointing out is how complementary these two actors were. See also The In-Laws, obviously. And if you can find it somewhere you might enjoy Arkin's Simon. I haven't seen the one he got the Oscar for but I hear that was pretty good too. Anyway, happy birthday, Alan Arkin. You had a TV show called "Harry" that lasted a couple of weeks back in the '80s which I remember as being pretty amusing. And now you are 80. Life is funny sometimes.
A very happy birthday to New York's own Julia Migenes, who, to those of us of a certain age, will always be Carmen.
My favorite Maori soprano turns 70 today. If you know her, you probably know her from this. And rightfully so. Happy birthday!
Happy birthday to Ralph Nader, a tireless activist to whom we all owe a debt a gratitude as a result of… well, I guess the car thing was something. Anyway, America's greatest living symbol of unintended consequences turns 80 today.
American character actor Patricia Campbell Hearst turns 60 today. Though she only had a small role here I feel like she stole every frame she was in.