Wednesday, December 6, 2006


Solid Red Barn, 2006, Oil on Panel, 18x24

On this day in 1964, the day I was born, KTVR TV channel 13 in La Grande, OR (PBS) began broadcasting.

On this day in 1969, four people died during a free concert given by the Rolling Stones at Altamont. One of the deaths was a stabbing that occurred near the stage. The three other deaths were accidental.

On this day in 1973, Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as the vice-president of the United States after vice-president Spiro Agnew resigned.

On this day in 1993, The Eagles taped a video for Travis Tritt's version of "Take It Easy" which led to their reunion (I love the Eagles).

The number one song in America the week I was born was Ringo, by Lorne Greene. Since that was a rather disappointing discovery especially since it was the year that the Beatles ruled the world, I'll add that the number one song that week after I was born was Mr. Lonely by Bobby Vinton. Not much better, unfortunately.

I share a birthday with the following people:

1421 Henry VI king of England (1422-61, 1470-71)
1843 Albert de Vriendt Flemish historical painter/etcher
1896 Ira Gershwin lyricist ('S Wonderful, I Got Rhythm)
1898 Alfred Eisenstaedt photo journalist
1904 Eve Denise Curie, French pianist/author/daughter of Madame Curie
1906 Agnes Moorehead Clinton MA, actress (Endora-Bewitched)
1913 Eleanor Holm New York NY, 100 meter backstroke swimmer (Olympics-gold-1932)
1920 Dave Brubeck, Concord California, jazz pianist/composer, Gates of Justice
1932 Don King Cleveland OH, boxing promoter (Muhammud Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Mike Tyson)
1941 Richard Speck mass murderer (killed 8 student nurses in 1966)
1948 JoBeth Williams Houston TX, actress (Kramer vs Kramer, Poltergeist)
1952 Terence Knox Richland WA, actor (Peter-St Elsewhere)
1953 Thomas Hulce, Plymouth, Michigan, actor, Amadeus, Equus, Echo Park
1955 Steven Wright droll comedian (Steven Wright Live)
1956 Peter Buck US pop guitarist (REM-Murmur)
1956 Randy Rhoads Santa Monica CA, rocker (Ozzy Osbourne-Flying High Again)
1963 Janine Turner Lincoln NE, actress (Maggie-Northern Exposure)
1971 Ryan Wayne White born with hemophilia, later to contract AIDS from blood-clotting products.
1971 Richard Krajicek Netherlands, tennis star (Wimbledon-1996)

I will spend the rest of today being pampered and catered to by my husband and children. The kids are always exceedingly happy when someone has a birthday. Mostly because of the cake, I suspect.


James Wolanin said...

Happy Birthday Tracy!

Tracy Helgeson said...

Thanks Jim and Shan!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday and save me some cake

Tracy Helgeson said...

Ha! Dream on Bob! I get the leftovers tomorrow-though if I was smart I would be shipping it out to you instead...

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meno said...

Happy Birthday Tracy.

So, what kind of cake???

Lisa Call said...

Happy Birthday Tracy!

Another addictive game for your birthday:

Paul Butzi said...

Hope you have a happy birthday!

Tracy Helgeson said...

Thanks Mom! Bet you had that record by Lorne Greene, huh? hahaha

Tracy Helgeson said...

Thanks Lisa, you are just evil:-)

Thanks Paul! And thanks for visiting!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Tracy!

Tracy Helgeson said...

Meno, I put in a request for that grocery store style overly sweet white cake with white frosting and big flowers made of frosting. Mmmm. Don't know if that's what I'll get though!

Cecily, I can't imagine there being no smoke in McGlinchey's! And I recall that we spent more than a few of my birthdays (and everybody else's:-)) there, putting away those 25 cent beers. In fact, I remember going to the bar the night before my birthday, getting all kinds of free drinks after midnight. Then going back the next night and doing that again. What a mooch I was!

Now we are old, I will be in bed by ten and there will no alocohol...

Thanks Bart!

Susan Constanse said...

Happy Birthday!
So much living in such a short time.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!!! Cake, yum!

william wray said...

Wow. I did a pink barn recently, I admit I was thinking of you. ;-)

Tracy Helgeson said...

Thanks, Susan, yeah, I've done some things.

Thanks Lauren!

Well, Bill, if a pink barn is what it takes to get you to think of me, I'll take it:-)