Happy Birthday Ben!


lbj_phone_lg.jpgToday is Ben Katcher’s birthday, and Ben, well known to TWN readers as a contributing editor here, is preparing for a new life in Istanbul.
Today is also the day that Mother Teresa said was her birthday as she was baptized on August 27th, though born on August 26th (100 years ago). Lyndon Baines Johnson was born today. So too one of my best friends in junior high school — both of us then sopranos in a funeral home boys choir — Nicholas Scogna, who is now off living a good life in Florida. And another friend in later years, Brian Strom. Brian and I didn’t sing. He played the trumpet, and we ran.
Pee Wee Herman (Paul Reubens) was born today as well. Happy birthday Pee Wee!
Former Nebraska Senator and New School President Bob Kerrey was born today. He and his team are interested in possible shifts in US-Cuba policy and Bob will soon head the Motion Picture Association of America. Very cool job. (Samuel Goldwyn was born today, Bob.)
And lastly. . .was just walking on a street in Shanghai and saw that Tom Ford’s next store is opening there. Happy Birthday Tom.
So, all best to all of you, particularly Ben Katcher who is off to Turkey soon and should be blogging here before long — and yes, it’s my day too!
— Steve Clemons


16 comments on “Happy Birthday Ben!

  1. davidt says:

    Happy birthday Steve,
    Unless you have inside info I don’t think Kerrey’s going to be running tge MPAA (you may have been far away when the deal fell through). But if you do have inside info or I missed something, never mind.


  2. Drew says:

    Belated birthday greetings, Steve. Remember that age is as age


  3. questions says:

    “devious deception”


  4. Cee says:

    Ha. See what happens when you’re on a boat and using
    an iphone without glasses? The above should read JILL


  5. Cee says:

    HB Steve and Ben. }n the words of ;ill Scott “live life like
    it’s golden”!


  6. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Has anyone else noticed that “questions” has changed his writing style, launching a devious deception aimed at convincing us he’s of the planet Earth??


  7. Dan Kervick says:

    Happy birthday, Steve. Birth is good, I guess.


  8. questions says:

    Paul, my guess is that your birthdate changes every 10 years!
    So, 10 years ago, you were born in 72, 20 years ago, 62 was a good vintage!
    But now, you might really need to have been born in 82.
    Geeze, you all are really OLD! But getting younger every year!


  9. Paul Norheim says:

    Steve: 48 today?
    This happened to me as well this year, in January, and my
    thought since then has been the inescapable:
    -Almost fifty!
    -Fifty? No way!
    Recently I’ve been questioning the authenticity of my birth
    certificate. When and where was this fellow Paul Norheim
    born? In 1962? -72? Perhaps even in -82?
    Who knows for sure?
    Does this paper really prove that I am almost 50? Perhaps
    I should try to get in touch with Rush Limbaugh on this
    issue? Rasmussen? Gallup?
    In any case: Happy Birthday to you, Steve!
    And Happy Birthday to Ben Katcher!


  10. WigWag says:

    Happy birthday Ben and Steve!
    What, no shout out this year to Jim Fallows whose 61st birthday was 25 days ago?
    Some prominent events that occurred on August 27th (from Wikipedia):
    1789: The French National Assembly adopts the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, proclaiming that “men are born and remain free and equal in rights”.
    1859: Petroleum is discovered in Titusville, Pennsylvania leading to the world’s first commercially successful oil well.
    1922: The Turkish army takes the Aegean city of Afyonkarahisar from the Greeks.
    1975: Heile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia dies.
    1979: An IRA bomb bomb kills British World War II admiral Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma and 3 others while they are boating on holiday in Sligo, Republic of Ireland. Another bomb near Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland kills 18 British soldiers.
    1982: Turkish military diplomat Colonel Atilla Alt?kat is shot and killed in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada’s capital. Justice Commandos Against Armenian Genocide claim responsibility, saying they are avenging the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians in the 1915 Armenian Genocide
    1990: Stevie Ray Vaughan dies in a helicopter crash.
    1991: Moldova declares independence from USSR.


  11. Raymond says:

    I hear that you are in the Hamptons at staying at George Soros’
    beautiful home and that you were walking around town this
    morning with John McEnroe! That is soooo cool. Congratulations
    on filling your life with so many interesting feats and challenges.
    You enlighten us and we your fans are grateful. Sarah and I will be
    in Montauk this weekend but will stop in Southampton. Maybe we
    will see you with the stars!


  12. questions says:

    Happy birthday all!
    And thanks for the gift that keeps giving –open blog space and things to think about!
    Imagine the bouquet or handshake I’m sending!


  13. DCPundit says:

    Happy birthday Ben and Steve!!


  14. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Happy Birthday Steve.
    So, Katchers movin’ to Turkey, eh??? Undoubtedly to do his bit to get the Turkish leaders to ignore the Goldstone Report, disregard Israel’s piracy and murder on the high seas, and crawl back in bed with the racist Netanyahu. How dare those Turks show some spine.


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