Friday, May 8, 2009


1794 - Antoine Lavoisier is executed by guillotine. He was the French chemist that discovered oxygen.
1884 - U.S. President Harry S. Truman is born.
1902 - Mount Pelee on Martinique erupted and killed over 30,000 people and destroyed the town of St. Pierre.
1911 - Satanic blues musician Robert Johnson is born.
1926 - Comedian Don Rickles is born.
1937 - Writer Thomas Pynchon is born.
1944 - Pedophile Gary Glitter is born.
1955 - Rock drummer Alex Van Halen is born.
1956 - Alfred E. Neuman appears on the cover of "Mad Magazine" for the first time.
1959 - San Francisco 49er Ronnie Lott is born.
1964 - Actress Melissa Gilbert is born.
1978 - David R. Berkowitz, known as the "Son of Sam," pleads guilty to six murder charges.
1984 - Joanie (Erin Moran) and Chachi (Scott Baio) get married on ABC-TV's Happy Days.
1988 - Sci-fi author Robert A. Heinlein dies of heart failure at 80.
1994 - George Peppard (Hannibal from The A-Team) dies at 65.
1999 - Dana Plato, child star, Different Strokes, dies at 34.

The reason I bring the subject up is because I myself was born THIRTY years ago today, on a couch in a small house in Santa Rosa, California. So yeah, thirty... (sigh). For some reason, I am reminded of the Greek legend of Sisyphus (shown at right - click the link, you uneducated rubes!).
I wasn't even going to post about this (BEWARE FALSE MODESTY), but then I happened to look at the ol' Illogical Contraption hit counter today:


For another exceedingly strange incident involving the Illogical Contraption hit counter, click here.


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday you old fart!

Tamara said...

A couch??? I don't remember it being a couch. (poetic license? hyperbole?)

Never forget the first words I said to you on that fateful day; they still ring true all these many years later.

Shelby Cobras said...


believe it or not, i don't really remember that well either...

Rune said...

Happy birthday! Salutations to you and to a well done blog. Don't know where you find the time to do all these awesome posts.
And that counter coincidence is the cosmos' way of telling you that you rock.

Shelby Cobras said...

silence is the way.
the secrets of the cosmos are hidden inauspiciously...

TMM said...

Happy Birthday......fellow Child of the Eighties.......

chris said...

Happy Birthday bro! come to Cleveland and i'll buy ya a beer.

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