Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!

All the geekier blogs are pointing out that December 25 is Newtonmass, the day when people with a particular mindset celebrate Sir Isaac Newton's birthday (according to the Old Style, aka Julian, calendar).

I'm ashamed to admit I didn't know this but I love the idea that people might decorate their homes with apples, prisms, calculus textbooks, and stone tablets inscribed with the Three Laws of Motion.

Which got me to thinking, "What other notable persons were born on Christmas Day?"

Bunches, as it turns out, including a number of my own short duration personal saviours: Humphrey Bogart (1899), Cab Calloway (1907, because of this), character actor Dick Miller (1928), Jimi Hendrix Experience bassist Noel Redding (1945), Sissy Spacek (1949, and don't laugh; as a persecuted geeky high school student in Carrie she singlehandedly destroyed an entire gym-full of snooty prom-goers, something to which I deeply relate) . . .

And the big one for me--

Rod Serling (1924). Mr. Twilight Zone himself and further proof that every day, even Christmas, is Halloween.

Next year--Serlingmas!


Cathy VanPatten said...

You know, Beth's daughter Erin was born on December 25... And so was Jeff's mother.

But what a drag, having to share both gift extravaganzas!

Much better (as you know) to have a summer birthday and even the greedfests out a bit!

Merry Newtonmas!

G. W. Ferguson said...

Summer birthday = good.

Yeah, my Dad was born on Jan. 10, which kind of sucked because his family (which included 2 brothers and 1 sister) was still paying the Christmas bills.

And a Happy Serlingday!