More folks born in August 1953

Happy Days

Here are some more folks born in August 1953. I figure I can milk the year I turn 70 only once.

Butch Patrick (2nd), born Patrick Alan Lilley. Wikipedia: “Patrick is perhaps best known for his role as child werewolf Eddie Munster on the CBS comedy television series The Munsters from 1964 to 1966.”  Perhaps? He’s still acting.  I feel a bit sorry for someone whose defining role ended when he was 12.

Don Most (8th) was Ralph Malph on the ABC-TV series Happy Days. He is putting out another music album in the summer of 2023 called  New York High; interestingly, he’s billed as Donny Most. (I suppose I COULD have put him in the music category, but that’s not how I think of him.)

Lloyd Austin (8th) was sworn in as the 28th Secretary of Defense in January 2021. He has an impressive resume. I do not know whether his “warnings” to Russia and China have any force whatsoever.

Hulk Hogan: (11th) Given that I have zero interest in professional wrestling, I’m impressed that the guy born Terry Gene Bollea has become such a cultural icon.

With Regis, then Hoda

Kathie Lee Gifford (16th) was born Kathryn Lee Epstein in Paris, France, to American parents. She was briefly one of the Hee Haw Honeys. In June 1985, Gifford became the co-host of The Morning Show on WABC-TV with Regis Philbin. The program was syndicated nationally in 1988 as Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee, where she stayed until 2000. She’d talk about sportscaster husband Frank, who I remembered as a player for the New York Giants, and their kids. She was on the boozy fourth hour of NBC’s Today with Hoda Kotb from 2008 to 2019.

Louis Gohmert (18th)was one of the worst members of Congress in my lifetime. Now he’s running for Texas Attorney General.

Mary Matalin (19th) is part of a political consultant odd couple. The Republican advisor has been married to Democratic strategist James Carville since 1993, and they would frequently debate on those talking head shows. She registered as a Libertarian in 2016.

Peter Horton (20th) is an actor/director. He’s best known for performing on thirtysomething. He was married to Michelle Pfeiffer from 1981 to 1988.

Marcia Clark (31st) was a Los Angeles County prosecutor. She is best known as the lead prosecutor in the 1995 trial of O. J. Simpson on charges of the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. Marcia found the media attention hellish, calling herself “famous in a way that was kind of terrifying.” She’s had a busy post-prosecutorial career, providing analysis of high-profile trials for TV news and writing several novels.

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