Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Thursday Thirteen at 62!

Today, Thursday, November 20, 2008, I officially qualify for Social Security. That's right boys and girls, at 9:00 a.m. I turned 62 years of age. So, how am I going to celebrate this occasion? Well, I'm not running down to the local Social Security office and signing up for any benefits. I've still got a few good years left, and the economy has ensured that I will work at least four more years and maybe eight.
First, let's play Thursday Thirteen. Here are thirteen facts about the year I was born.
1. Harry Truman was President.
2. George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Steven Spielburg, Cher, Candice Bergen, Sylvester Stalone, and Jimmy Buffett were born in the same year.
3. Gasoline cost 16 cents per gallon!!! That is NOT a misprint.
4. The movie "It's a Wonderful Life" was released.
5. The league that came to be known as the NBA was born.
6. The Atomic Energy Commission is created
7. Television programming was limited to approximately 12 hours per week on two networks!
8. Ho Chi Minh is elected president of Viet Nam
9. Bikinis go on sale in Paris
10. The NFL team, San Francisco 49er's is formed.
11. Heisman Trophy goes to Glen Davis of Army
12. First meeting of the United Nations
13. The first televised heavyweight fight between Joe Louis and Billy Conn is broadcast from Yankee Stadium. The fight is seen by 141,000 people, the largest television audience to see a fight!
It's my birthday, I can add facts if I like. These are general facts about my life.
14. I have seen The Beach Boys in concert when they were actually beach boys.
15. I have original albums by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
16. I paid $12.50 to see Elton John in concert and they were the best seats in the house!
17. In 1972, at 24.9 cents per gallon, it was physically impossible to put $5.00 worth of gasoline in my Datsun (Nissan) 240Z. It looked like this one.18. I met my bride in 1973 and we were married in 1974. That would be 34 years and counting.
So now you know, I am a part of ancient history! The year was 1946, just in case you haven't done the math yet.

Next, let's take a quick stroll down memory lane. Here a a few photos of me, the early years.3 Months

9 years

High School Graduation 1965

Viet Nam '67-'68

Wedding Day-May 11, 1974

A Young Father and His Daughter (The "Other Woman" in his life) 1976

2006 (Not exactly the early years)
Okay, let's wrap this party up with a little music. I like blues, 60's pop/rock, 70's southern rock, contemporary Chirstian, and Southern Gospel. Here is a little something from each genre. Enjoy.

The Beatles -Get Back (60's Pop/Rock)
Their last public performance from the roof of Apple Recording Studios.


Bond said...


What a great post! I also have an original Beatles album the first "Meet The Beatles"...GREAT MUSIC!!!

Hope you are enjoying a celebration of some sort...

OH and thanks for the inspiration the other day...

Nicholas said...

Great list! I'm glad you came through 67 and 68 ok. That's a lovely wedding picture.

I was in Mayfair the day they recorded Get back on the roof of the Apple building. There was a big crowd and half the people didn't seem to know what was going on. I know I didn't. We couldn't hear much down in the street, but later on I found out what had been taking place and I felt part of musical history.

Amy, aka ABB said...

Happy Birthday Driller. I'm glad I've gotten to know you. I think we'd be friends in real life as well.

DrillerAA said...

Vince: Glad you got that camera and lens and you can blame it on me! The real celebration will probably be Sunday when the grandcrew comes over.

Nicholas: You were indeed a part of musical history.

Amy: What? This isn't real life? You could have fooled me.

Angie said...

Happy birthday, Drillah!!! You are one of my favorite people ever, even though we've never met! :)

I hope your birthday is wonderful!

I love the Vietnam photo! You were (and still are) quite the handsome man. Your bride sure enough got herself a good one! :)

Enjoy your day!!

On a limb with Claudia said...

Happiest Birthday - yours looks like a life well spent. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday Dear DrillerAA,
Happy Birthday to you.

My husband gets his social security next year. Loved all the pictures and the music is awesome. Have a great birthday. :)

DrillerAA said...

My Queen: You've always been one of my favorite blowers! As I said once before, we were all better looking at 21, but thanks anyway.

Claudia: There have been a few misspent years, but I am thankful for the life I have been blessed to have so far.

Sandee: Glad you liked the pics. The music is from some of my favorites. I have always loved music, I've just never been gifted that way.

Robin said...

Thanks for the invite to your party! I haven't hear CCR sing Lodi in years...loved it!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You're the same age as Cher!? Put a pic of Cher next to George W...and tell me Botox ain't in one of 'em!

What an amazing life so far...and btw way...thank you. Just that, thank you for your service. I was born in '68 (my Dad was in the navy, I'm adopted, I don't know his name...Daddy?! LOL!) My "real" (tho, adopted) Dad was between Korea and Vietnam. God Drill, thanks.

Loved the entire post and think you're awesome....the pictures were adorable and you have a gorgeus bride in both pictures! What an inspiration!

Hope you celebrated well and long!
Here's to many more!

SJ Reidhead said...


The difference between men and women - you think we're going to admit our age?

Wonderful post!

The Pink Flamingo

bernieg1 said...

Happy Birthday to you my friend! Thank you also for your service to our wonderful nation. You have a great TT!

My TT is up at 13 Christmas Gifts for our Muslim Friends

Alice Audrey said...

You're making me feel old and nostalgic.

Lori said...

Happy birthday and TT. Congrats! Im a November baby too:)

Travis said...

Happy Birthday to you Sir!

And I don't think I said it on Veterns have my humble thanks for your service.

FickleMinded said...

what a great self-tribute!!!HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

DrillerAA said...

Robin: My lovely Longhorn fan, glad you liked CCR. I'm still a fan of John Fogerty.

SJ: Yep, guys are funny that way. I will say that my bride is younger than I, and neither one of us colors our hair.

Bernie: You're welcome. I'm just thankful that I came home healthy.

Alice: Sorry about that. I think one of the signs of aging is that nostalgic thing.

Lois: Thank you ma'am.

Travis: Yep, you did stop by on Veterans Day and I do appreciate the thought.

Fickle: Glad you enjoyed the post.

Travis Erwin said...

Happy Birthday! Great post.

Do you reckon your Sooners can beat TT this week and jump over texas?

jayedee said...

happy birthday! i hope all your dreams come true!

DoubleDeckerBusGuy said...

The Happiest of Birthdays and what WONDERFUL PHOTOS!!!

How about Project Diana? I believe that was in your birth year... opened up the space age!

MENSA was founded... but we can't blame that on you. (I'm not a fan of MENSA...)

Lessee... Diane Keaton, Syd Barrett, Dolly Parton, Liza Minelli, Linda Ronstadt,Daryl Hall,Oliver Stone, Tommy Lee Jones, and Alan Rickman were all born the same year...

And Percy Williams Bridgman won the Nobel Prize for his work on the physics of high pressures... although, it really was more of a nod on his refining of the scientific method, but why split hairs?

Again, HAPPY BIRTHDAY and enjoy that medicare! :)

Anonymous said...

Wishing you a blessed birthday!!!!!
I loved all of the photos!!

DrillerAA said...

Travis Erwin: I hope we can out score the Red Raiders. The game is in Norman, so I am hoping home field does indeed have an advantage.

Jaydee: Actually, I could not have dreamed of a life better than the one I have.

Matthew: I read some of those other facts when making my list. You can add Freddie Mercury to the list of celebs born in '46.

MamaArcher: Thank you my friend. It is always good to hear from you. Glad you liked the photos.

~Just Me Miranda~ said...

Great List! Happy Birthday!!!

Mike - Fenphotography said...

Congrats hope you had a great day.