Photo and autograph courtesy of the G Archives.
In addition to growing up and loving the song parodies of today’s birthday boy, Weird Al Yankovic, he goes down in G history as the first concert I ever attended. The show was at Knott’s Scary Farm in California and Elvira was the opening act! Wow! Making the night even better, and this must have been a precursor of things to come for my concert life – I sat in the front row. During Weird Al’s performance of “Like A Surgeon,” his parody of Madonna’s “Like A Virgin,” he writhed around on the floor right at my feet. It was at that very moment that I decided I would be in the front row as often as possible.
Also born today: Soccer great Pele and former talk show host Johnny Carson.