What’s more personal then your birthday? It’s perhaps the most personal thing you could put on your own website. However, sometimes what makes your special day so personal is that it is actually tied to others. There’s a picture of my first birthday sitting bare-chested in front of birthday cake that I was entrapped into destroying. Next to me is my Uncle Lonnie. Lonnie and I share the same birthday and seeing myself as a brand new one year old sitting to what appears to be grown man has always stuck with me. Now that I’m 45 today, and Lonnie is 70, seeing us next to each other doesn’t seem to be such a radical age gap. Having a relative with your same birth date is pretty cool, but having the same birth date of a super star is super cool.
September 21st seems to be a popular date in the stars. Fellow same-day Virgos that I know of their works are Stephen King, Liam Gallagher, Faith Hill, Alfonso Ribeiro, Larry Hagman, Luke Wilson, Ricki Lake, Leonard Cohen, H.G. Wells, and Cheryl Hines. However, for me, my favorite special day person is none other than Bill Murray. I have always liked Murray’s work since seeing him on Saturday Night Live. Over the years he just seems to be getting cooler and cooler. He’s got 19 years on me, but I think it would still be fun to party with him.
Perhaps better than sharing a birthday with a real-life super star would be sharing it with a fictitious one. For me it’s not just one, but TWO. The first is Doogie Howser, M.D. I’ve only ever seen a few snippets of the show, but on one that I did see they made a reference to it being September 20th and Doogie’s birthday was going to be the next day. After a bit of Googling and Wikipeding, I’ve discovered that the first episode of every season is tied to his birthday. A show I did watch religiously and discovered a related birthday was 30 Rock. In season 3, episode 13 “Goodbye, My Friend,” it is revealed that Dot Com birthday is September 21st as he’s filing his nails: “My birthday is September 21st. Not that anyone asked.”
But perhaps the most glorious of birthday honors is if your special day is glorified through song. To this I thank Earth, Wind & Fire and their 1978 number one hit – September. It starts off with the classic line: “Do you remember the 21st night of September?” The song has such magical staying power that NPR even just did a segment on how the song has stood the test of time, and even how they picked the 21st as the date.
So when you’re birthday comes rolling along give it a once over and see what’s going on. Maybe you’ll find a little gift or two.