His Birthday (not the "observed" holiday, engineered to ensure long weekends for office workers, but the actual anniversary of his birth) is tomorrow, January the 15th. That makes him a Capricorn, for what it's worth.
Mr King was born in 1929. He would be turning 79 years old tomorrow, if he were alive. Let's put that in perspective for you.
Martin Luther King, were he still alive today would be Two years younger than Eartha Kitt, who is still recording music and starred in a movie with Vanessa Wiliams, which was released just a few months ago, in may 2007. Ms. Kitt's Batman Costar, Adam West, is also older than Mr. King.
First Lady Rosalyn Carter is also among Rev. King's contemporaries still among the living. Also just a few months older than King are:
- Noam Chomsky
- Jack Kevorkian
- Bo Diddley
Just a few months younger than King are actors Ed Asner and Christopher Plummer, Architect Frank Gehry, all of whom are still working at the age of 78.
And here's the creepy one. Only 10 months younger than MLK, is "Reverend" Fred Phelps, of the "Westboro Baptist Church" which is actually not what you and I would call a Church, but is rather Mr Phelps's Private residence, where the "congregation" is mostly made up of his enormous extended family (He has 13 children, 9 of whom are not (yet) estranged from the family)
Mr. Phelps is, of course, famous for Hating, loudly and passionately, a rather large percentage of the Earth's Population. If you are not Hated by Fred Phelps, it is only because he has not yet found the time to Hate you specifically. But since he Hates (or claims that God does) the United States, Mexico, Canada, Sweden, and Ireland, as well as all Gay people, and apparently all pastors, regardless of nationality, there is a good chance that you are among the Hated.
Martin Luther King, of course, is not turning 79 tomorrow, because he was gunned down in Memphis almost 40 years ago.
Fred Phelps Still Lives.
Funny ol' World, Ain't it?