February 26 turns out to be a very auspicious day for special people being born. So we're having a birthday party here this evening to celebrate.
And just whose birthdays are we commemorating?
How about one of our favorite authors (Victor Hugo, born this date in 1802) and one of our favorite Western heroes whose grave lies just a few miles from where I grew up in Colorado (William ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody, born this date in 1846).
This is also the birthday of one of our favorite comic character actors (William Frawley of I Love Lucy, The Lemon Drop Kid, Miracle on 34th Street, and many others, born this date in 1887) as well two of our favorite comedians (Jackie Gleason and Godfrey Cambridge, born this date, respectively in 1916 and 1933).
February 26 is also the birthday of one of our favorite rock and roll pioneers (Fats Domino, born on this date in 1928), and one of our favorite country singers, who could also -- because of those early Sun Record days, be described as a rock and roll pioneer (Johnny Cash, born on this date in 1932).
But we're still not done. I told you February 26 was special.
We're including in our celebration today one of my favorite Bible scholars (Johann Keil, who along with Franz Delitzsch, created an Old Testament commentary I still use frequently. He was born on this date in 1807). There's also one of our favorite Hollywood talents whose work with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and Droopy cartoons will forever make him quite dear to us (Tex Avery, born on this date in 1908).
Today also marks the entrance into the world of one of our favorite champions of the conservative cause as well as a man whose excellence in investigative journalism is second to none. (Robert Novak, born on this date in 1931).
And yet that isn't all!
For fellows born on this day are responsible for our our favorite breakfast food and our most commonly used fashion item. For on this date were born John Harvey Kellogg in 1852 and Levi Strauss in 1829.
So, you tell me, how could we not have a birthday party?
Cake and ice cream at 7.