It’s my birthday this weekend, on Sunday, April 13th. (I’m 52.) I’ve been taking a little break: just reading and puttering around up here in Wellfleet, and scrupulously avoiding any serious brainwork or controversial posts (I love the rough-and-tumble of a good debate, but the little grey cells needed a rest). So here’s another undemanding item.

April 13th is a particularly excellent day to have as your birthday (especially if you are lucky enough, as I was, to be born on a Friday the 13th). Because it’s such a plum, I share it with an elite and eclectic roster of the notable and the notorious. Here are a few:

This guest-list would have made for quite a party.


  1. JO says

    So you would hang around with the chess player, Butch Cassidy, Scrabble Butts, all the musically inclined ones, and razz those that delve in religion or not.
    call me-i just want to see the fireworks
    Happy birthday
    Jeanie Oliver

    Posted April 12, 2008 at 10:44 pm | Permalink
  2. Charles says

    Happy birfday!

    April is a splendid month in which to be born! My own b-day is this coming Friday, and my father’s is close behind on the next Tuesday, with my youngest brother’s two days after that!

    (In the interest of full disclosure, I was originally shooting for the 4th of July, but apparently you have to reserve that date years in advance. When they asked me what my second preference was, I just said, “Make it sometime in April.”)

    Posted April 13, 2008 at 12:49 am | Permalink
  3. bighominid says

    Paul Sorvino, eh? His daughter’s hot.

    Happy, slappy birfday.


    Posted April 13, 2008 at 1:09 am | Permalink
  4. bob koepp says

    Birthdays… these things happen too frequently. Have a good one.

    Posted April 13, 2008 at 8:39 am | Permalink
  5. Malcolm says

    Thank you all!

    Posted April 13, 2008 at 11:11 am | Permalink
  6. hey Mac !

    Enjoy yr brissday bro ! I hope you find the year ahead a geat one too!-
    Love to all-Pat

    Posted April 13, 2008 at 1:42 pm | Permalink
  7. Ilan Cohen says

    Yo Malcolm,
    happy B day !!
    hope u had a grand wknd up in the cape!!!

    Posted April 13, 2008 at 9:08 pm | Permalink
  8. Happy Birthday, Malcolm.

    Jeffery Hodges

    * * *

    Posted April 13, 2008 at 10:30 pm | Permalink
  9. Malcolm says

    Thanks once again to you all! (And a happy birthday to you, Charles.)

    Posted April 13, 2008 at 10:46 pm | Permalink
  10. duncan says


    Happy birthday! I’ve got some tracks for you if you can get that esteemed bunch together:



    Posted April 13, 2008 at 11:53 pm | Permalink
  11. Wait, you share a birthday with Hitchens and Kasparov? Are you kidding?

    If so, where’s the kung fu master?

    Are you sure you don’t believe in astrology? :))

    (good one Duncan!)

    Posted April 14, 2008 at 9:45 pm | Permalink
  12. Malcolm says

    Yes, that’s an interesting site, Duncan, though rather a disappointing selection of tunes, for the most part (including that all-time stinker, “Honey”, from 1968).

    Thanks, Salim — but yes, I’m pretty sure…

    Posted April 14, 2008 at 11:04 pm | Permalink
  13. MikeZ says

    Happy (slightly belated) Birthday, you old fart! So tell me, how often is it you’re still working on your tax returns by the time your birthday rolls around? That would really suck.

    – M

    Posted April 16, 2008 at 9:54 am | Permalink

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