Happy 50th birthday, Nadia Comaneci

Posted by The G on November 12, 2011 under Celebrities | Comments are off for this article

Autograph and photo courtesy of the G Archives.

Nadia Comaneci

Nadia Comaneci

Nadia Comaneci was the first Olympian to score a perfect 10 in gymnastics during the 1976 games.  She’s also been named one of the greatest athletes of the last century.  I give her a perfect 10 in being nice to fans as I’ve met her as well as her husband, gold winning
Olympics gymnast Bart Conner, who is also very cool.

Also born today: actress Anne Hathaway, actor Ryan Gosling, rocker Neil Young, writer Wallace Shawn, artist Rodin and Princess Grace Kelly.

Happy 50th Birthday, k.d. lang

Posted by The G on November 2, 2011 under Celebrities | Comments are off for this article

Autograph and photo courtesy of the G archives.

kd lang

kd lang

Happy birthday to singer k.d. lang who celebrates a half century of being alive today.  What’s your favorite k.d. lang song?  It’s totally fine if you say “Constant Craving.”

Also born today:  actors David Schwimmer and Burt Lancaster, hunter/trapper Daniel Boone and French Queen Marie Antoinette.  Keep your head today!

Happy 50th Birthday, Scott Baio

Posted by The G on September 22, 2011 under Celebrities | Read the First Comment

Photo and autograph courtesy of the G Archives.

Scott Baio

Scott Baio

It is really bizarre to me to write these birthday posts as I come to the realization that so many of the subjects I write about are older than I can imagine possible.  Such is the case for today’s birthday boy Scott Baio.  We all remember his youthful good looks as Chachi on “Happy Days” (and he is still good looking).  But how did he become 50 years old?  Where has the time gone?!  Happy birthday Scott!

Also born today:  Actor Tom Felton (aka Malfoy in the Harry Potter Films), singer Andrea Bocelli, singer Nick Cave and baseball manager Tommy Lasorda.

Happy 50th Birthday, Woody Harrelson

Posted by The G on July 23, 2011 under Celebrities | 2 Comments to Read

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Woody Harrelson

Woody Harrelson

Woody!  Actor and marijuana activist Woody Harrelson is 50 today!  Whoa!

Also born today: Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe, cum goddess Monica Lewinsky, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, rocker Slash, and Baseball Hall of Famers Don Drysdale and Pee Wee Reese.

Happy 50th Birthday, Boy George

Posted by The G on June 14, 2011 under Celebrities | Comments are off for this article

Photo and autograph courtesy of my obtained in-person autograph collection.

My "Colour by Numbers" by Culture Club CD, autographed by Boy George

I don’t know how it’s possible that Boy George is 50 today, but it’s true.  The front man of Culture Club has always been one of my heroes. I grew up in the 80s and Boy George was such an inspiration in my life.  In a time when it was practically verboten to be flamboyant, let alone be outspoken and unapologetic for being yourself, there was Boy George dressing in drag, on the cover of every magazine, all over the TV and making great music along the way.  Looking back, I remember so many people that were anti-gay, but there they were singing along to the words of hits such as “Time (Clock of the Heart),” “It’s A Miracle,” “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?” and “Karma Chameleon.”  It was the first time in my life where people listened to the music and ignored the personal details.  For my generation, Boy George was a pioneer in breaking down the barriers for gay people to not have to live their lives in the closet.

When I saw Culture Club in concert for the first time, the audience was comprised of every type of person on the planet!  Everyone at the concert came not to express hatred for their differences, but instead, it was one of the biggest love-fests I’ve ever seen in my life.  The show was great and afterwards, I met Boy George.  He had his hands full and I thought my chances at getting a signature were not going to happen.  I decided to ask anyway and Boy George said, “Listen cutie, let me put this stuff down and I’ll be right back.”  True to his word, a moment later he came back and gladly signed a few albums for me!  I’ve never gotten over it.  All I can say again is thanks so much George for all the music you’ve given the world, thanks for giving so many people the courage to live out and proud and on a personal note, thanks for giving me a memory I still think about 20 years after it happened!  Happy birthday! xx

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