James Stewart Reaney, c. 1981?. Possibly from the London Magazine era. Courtesy of Rob Nelson.
JBNBlog is touched & v. grateful for all the kind birthday wishes from friends on Facebook & elsewhere. Maybe 61 (b. Dec. 18, 1952, Winnipeg) isn’t such a big number after all . . . my thanks indeed to ace photographer & all-round fine Londoner Rob Nelson for sending along the image of me when I was pretty serious looking, much darker-haired & considerably lighter afoot. Probably still have that tie in my closet..
On my birthday I want to send a global thank you to #ldnont/Twitter/Facebook friends for the retweets & follows & tips & solid information & inspiring creativity. Keep a-rawkin in 2014.
Celebrations with my two beloveds are to follow later today. Right now, a happyhappyhappy birthday shout to fellow Londoners Ruth Strebe & Maureen Moll who also have birthdays to celebrate on or around Dec. 18. Such classy company inspires me.
Speaking of classy company . . . . today’s celeb birthday list in The Free Press has Brad Pitt (actor-producer, b. 1963) leading off, ahead of Keith Richards (b. 1943, but really about five million dinosaur years old) & Steven Spielberg (b. 1946). Really. Even Brad would agree Keith should be leading off as the role model for the whole celebdom culture, or Steven if we’re honouring v. different accomplishments.
That said, most of the other Dec. 18 babies on the list — “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, b. 1964; DMX, b. 1970; Victoria Pratt, b.1970, Chesley Ont (!!!) & was in Xena: Warrior Princess eps early on (!!!!); Trish Stratus, b. 1975; Katie Holmes, b. 1978 (& a crush of JBNBlog’s all the way through Dawson’s Creek); Christina Aguilera. b . 1980; & Francois Hamelin (go for more gold in Sochi &c. Yay!) — are all known folk’ to JBNBlog & happy birthday, brothers & sisters. We all trail Brad, Keith & Steven on this day . . . but are all No. 1 on JBNBlog’s list.
Standup comic Ron White (b. 1956) is not known to JBNBlog. American “blue collar” comedy is no laughing matter here, as Stephen Leacock almost said . . . but it”s useful in terms of world peace to know what strikes the U.S. as funny. Just like seeing which ethnic group etc. is supplying the villains in pro wrestling. Ron, a happy birthday from me2you & hope you play Cent Hall (again?) so you can make London laugh, too.
Totally off JNBlog’s radar is actor-singer Bridgit Mendler, so here’s a lovely photograph of her:
20th MTV Europe Music Awards held at Ziggo Dome – Arrivals
Featuring: Bridgit Mendler
Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands
When: 10 Nov 2013
Happy 21st, Bridgit . . . prosper & on rawk . . . you are likely to outlive most of us mentioned here. With the obvious exception of Keith Richards.
Yes, the steady drumbeat of mortality is perhaps the most difficult part of a birthday in the 60-plus world (it really started in my mid-50s) . . . 2013 was a sad year with many painful losses & in today’s obituaries there is another, a name that makes me recall happy times on Regent St. & at the von Aderkas cottage near Bayfield.
My thoughts & prayers are with the family & friends of Helga (nee Luckebach) von Aderkas. Helga died on Dec. 13 at Waterloo. She was 91, and always gracious & welcoming when we visited.
Those were joyful times & the memories have not faded.