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Folks, today is my birthday! I'm 55 years old today -- an age I thought I'd never be. Frankly, given some of my past exploits, it's kind of amazing that I made it.

Joe and I are going the the subdudes in concert tonight, which should be super. I love the subdudes. I first heard them in the late 90s while driving around the bay area listening to KFOG, but I've never seen them live. We'll also have a splendid dinner at the Amphora Restaurant, a great Greek diner close to the concert venue.

But I'm not the only person to be born on January 18! Here's a partial list:

1971: Jonathan Davis -- a singer with the band Korn. I admit that I did not know this; does that completely destroy my rock and roll cred? Oh well.

1961: Mark Messier -- the hockey great. Too bad he doesn't play for the Caps, but that's okay. We've got Ovi.

1955: Kevin Costner -- say what you will, I still think he's good looking.

1941: Bobby Goldsboro -- a singer of insipid pop songs. Well, they can't all be winners.

1913: Danny Kaye -- the comedy great. Here's a quote I love: Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint you can on it.

1904: Cary Grant -- handsome, suave, great actor. I loved him best in Arsenic and Old Lace. Best double take ever.

1892: Oliver Hardy -- one-half of the classic team of Laurel and Hardy.

1882: A.A. Milne -- creator of Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends.

1856: Dr. Daniel Hale Williams -- first African-American to perform heart surgery!

1782: Daniel Webster -- famous US politician and lawyer; subject of the story The Devil and Daniel Webster.

1779: Peter Mark Roget -- of thesaurus fame.

But there have also been some famous deaths on my birthday:

1873: Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton -- the writer who opened his novel with the immortal line "It was a dark and stormy night...". This contest is named after him.

1936: Rudyard Kipling -- the great writer wrote Gunga Din, If, Captains Courageous, and The Jungle Books, to name but a few.

1954: Sydney Greenstreet -- the great actor who played Kaspar Gutman in The Maltese Falcon and Signor Ferrari in Casablanca; both opposite Humphrey Bogart.

1997: Paul Tsongas -- United States Senator from Massachusetts. Ah, Paul. I voted for you for president in the primary in 1992.

2007: Art Buchwald -- just today, sadly. Buchwald was a wonderful Pulitzer Prize winning writer and humorist who wrote a column for the Washington Post. Every Thanksgiving, the Post published his essay entitled Le Jour de Merci Donnant, his effort to explain Thanksgiving to the French.

Finally, a man after my own heart. Curly Howard -- the original Curly of The Three Stooges -- died the same day I was born: January 18, 1952.

Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk!