As Time Goes By … November 28th 2009


Good Morning America! – and the rest of this wonderful world sharing this interesting small blue-marble planet, called Earth by those who live on it, the third planet from the Sun, a star that is at the center of our particular galaxy, fifth largest planet among eight planets in our part of the universe called the Solar System.
Today is November 28th in the year of our Lord, 1949. That’s one thousand nine hundred and forty-nine years after the death of a carpenter’s son who died because he was an advocate of reformation, had new ideas and rebelled against the establishment of the Jewish hierarchy.
As for me, that makes me 60 years old, which is a grain of sand on a beach compared to our planet’s age of 4.54 billion years.
Time is a matter of perspective, I guess.
I remember a time when I thought 30 was an old age. My, how time flies.

From our birth day, until we dieIs but the winking of an eye. William Butler Yeats

Sitting here typing this, I don’t feel sixty years old, but reality will set in once I stand in front of the bathroom mirror.

Inside every older person is a younger person – wondering what the hell happened. Cora Harvey Armstrong

I guess age, like time itself is relevant. Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age. French Proverb

However, in reflection …

When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it happened or not. Mark Twain

At 30 years of age, I experienced more things, seen more things and had more adventures than most folks  people do not experience in a lifetime. But my adventures didn’t stop at 30 or 35 …
At 42 I was involved in the Persian Gulf War (shortened now as the Gulf War) in 1991. I dispelled what Voltairewrote:

What most persons consider virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy.

Before that from the middle of the 1980s to 1990, I had the opportunity to work at NATO LSE Headquarters in Izmir, Turkey, an ancient place of civilization once known as Smyrna by the ancient Greeks – where I shot many photos with my 35mm camera, when cameras still used film to produce images, and wrote a manuscript entitled American in Turkey, published locally and was followed by Volume 2. Previously I had written/published History of the 4th US Cavalry: The Quarterhorse – and lifetime member of the 4th Cavalry Association. I, like generations today, didn’t just experience history – I lived it.
People of historical note born on November 28th [partial list] …
Manuel Komnenos, Greek Byzantine Emperor, 1118-1180
Margaret Tudor, wife of James IV of Scotland, 1489-1541
Hans Nansen, Danish statesman, 1598-1667
Jean-Baptiste Lully, French composer, 1632-1687
Willem de Vlamingh, Flemish sea captain, 1648-(?)
Jean Cavalier, French Protestant rebel leader, 1681-1740
Nathaniel Bliss, Royal Astronomer, 1700-1764
Sophia Magdalen of Brandenburg-Kulmbach, 1700-1770: Queen of Denmark and Norway.
William Blake, English poet, 1757-1827
Luke Howard, English meteorologist, 1772-1864
Victor Cousin, French philosopher, 1792-1867
Carl Jonas Love Almqvist, Swedish poet, 1793-1866
John Stephens, American archaeologist, 1805-1852
William Froude, English naval architect, 1810-1879
Friedrich Engels, German philosopher, 1820-1895
Anton Rubinstein, Russian composer, 1829-1894
Helen Magill White, first American woman to earn a Ph.D., 1853-1944:
James Allen, English writer, 1864-1912:
Alexander Blok, Russian poet, 1880-1921
Stefan Zweig, Austrian writer, 1881-1942
Lilia Skala, Austrian actress, 1896-1994
Dawn Powell, American writer, 1896-1965
Nancy Mitford, English essayist, 1904-1973
Alberto Moravia, Italian writer, 1907-1990
Claude Lévi-Strauss, French anthropologist, 1908-
Gloria Grahame, American actress, 1923-1981
Dennis Brutus, South African poet, 1924-
Chuck Mitchell, American actor, 1927-1992
Randolph Stow, Australian author, 1935-
Celin Romero, Spanish guitarist, 1936-
Bruce Channel, American singer, 1940-
Laura Antonelli, Italian actress, 1941-
Joe Dante, American film director and producer, 1946-
Beeb Birtles, Dutch-Austrian musician-singer-songwriter; co-founder member ofLittle River Band, 1948-
Paul Shaffer, Canadian orchestra leader, 1949-
Ed Harris, American actor, 1950-
Jeffrey Byron, American actor, 1955-
Judd Nelson, American actor, 1959-
Martin Clunes, English actor, 1961-
Jane Sibbett, American actress, 1961-
Anna Nichole Smith, American television personality, 1967-2007
Kristian Schmid, Australian actor, 1974-
Sigurd Wongraven, Norwegian musician, 1975- : (Satyricon)
Eka Kumiawan, Indonesian writer, 1975-
Ryan Leslie, American producer, 1978-
Christopher Stringini, American singer, 1988-
For History Buffs – on November 28th:
1095: Pope Urban II appoints Bishop Adhemar of Le Puy and Count Raymound IV of Toulouse, to lead the First Crusade to the Holy Land.
1520: Three ships under the command of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan reach the Pacific Ocean after navigating around the Horn in South America and became the first Europeans to sail from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific.
1582: William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway are married at Stratford-upon-Avon, their marriage license costing £40.
1660: Twelve men at Gresham College, including Christopher Wren, Robert Boyle, John Wilkins, and Sir Robert Moray, found what later became known as the Royal Society.
1785: The Treaty of Hopewell is signed.
1814: The Times in London, for the first time, is printed by an automatic, steam-powered press built by German inventors Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Friedrich Bauer.
1821: Panama Independence Day – celebration of separation of Panama from Spain.
1843: Ka Lahui– Hawaiian Independence Day.
1893: In New Zealand, women vote for the first time.
1895: First American automobile race takes place on a 54-mile course from Jackson Park, Chicago to Evanston, Illinois. Frank Duryea won, taking about 10 hours to complete the race.
1905: Irish nationalist, Arthur Griffith, founds the Sinn Féin as a political party with an agenda to establish a dual monarchy in Ireland.
1907: First American movie theater opens in Haverhill, Massachusetts, owned by scrap-metal dealer, Louis B. Mayer.
1912: Albania declares independence from the Ottoman Empire.
1919: Lady Astor is elected as a Member of the Parliament in the United Kingdom and first woman to sit as a British MP, but not the first elected.
1958: Chad, the Republic of the Congo, and Gábon become republics within the French community.
1960: Mauritania becomes independent from France.
1964: NASA launches Mariner 4 probe to Mars.
1982: Representatives from 88 countries gather in Geneva to discuss world trade and ways to achieve a free trade system.
1989: Czechoslovakia Free Elections – Communist Party gives up power for free elections.
1990: Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher submits her resignation to Queen Elizabeth II and leaves Downing Street until November 2009.
1994: Voters in Norway reject European Union membership.
1995: End of US National Speed Limit – President William J. Clinton signed the legislation that ended the federal 55 mph speed limit enacted in 1974.
As this day passes and time continues for me, I will try to remember what T.S. Eliot wrote:

The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest. You are always being asked to do things, and yet you are not decrepit enough to turn them down.

Statistics, so they say, show that many people die on or around their birth date.
I’m still here, considering the dangerous events, including two combat tours and a 15-year career as a professional soldier, that’s surprising. My life is quite mundane today in comparison.
Age or getting old is in the eye of the beholder – but everyone gets their turn.
Thanks, readers, for sharing this birthday with me. I intend to be around for several more years enjoying the cyberspace experience. Today is International Buy Nothing Day – enjoy it.
Birthday Quotations

And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. Abraham Lincoln

May you live to be 100 and may the last voice you hear be mine. Frank Sinatra

None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasmHenry David Thoreau

Old age is fifteen years older than I amOliver Wendell Holmes

With 60 staring me in the face, I have developed inflammation of the sentence structure and a definite hardening of the paragraphsJames Thurber

You’re only old when dreams are replaced with memories of what used to be
Keith Allen Lehman

A fight for love and glory

A case of do or die 

The world will always welcome lovers

As time goes by