Goatview Farm - The Saint Report


January 1

Kathleen Casey Kirschling turns 60;
First boomer leads us into our seniority (!?) with grace.

(2006) A few years ago, I wrote on my website that the first official baby boomer, Kathleen Casey, seemed to have dropped from sight shortly after she was born on January 1, 1946. I posed the questions "Where is she now? What is she doing? Why isn't she having any fun with this?" For some strange reason, I was thinking (or not thinking) that she was born with the designation "First Boomer."

This, of course, wasn't the case; when Kathleen was born, we didn't know that there was going to be a baby boom (what Collette Bancroft of the St. Petersburg Times Floridian cleverly termed "the pig in the population python")--she was merely another New Year's Day baby. Kathleen didn't become the leader of a generation (at least in a numerical sense) until she was 39 and about to turn 40.

That was when a reporter assigned to find her by the then-editor of Money Magazine, Landon Jones, called and advised her of her status.

And what a find Kathleen was and is. As a nearly-59-year-old boomer myself, I can say that Kathleen is exactly the person I would want to be the leader of our particular pack. She is typical in her uniqueness, articulate, smart and quick, health-conscious and fit, critical and hopeful, educated, obviously a lifelong learner, compassionate, and generous. She has lived several lives, has a family that loves her dearly, and embraces and embodies our shared experiences and dreams for the future. Heck, I want her to run for President.






Eastern Orthodox churches celebrate Saint Basil's Day today with a host of special traditions.

Saints celebrating feast days January 1 include Saint Concordius, Saint Felix of Bourger, Saint Almachius (or Telemachus), Saint Eurphrosyne, Saint Eugendus (or Oyend), Saint William of Saint Benignus, Saint Fulgentius, Saint Clarus (patron saint of tailors, invoked against myopia), Saint Peter of Atroa, Saint Odilo (invoked for souls in Purgatory and against jaundice), and Saint Franchea.

J.D. Salinger (1919) and my all-time favorite, Don Novello (Father Guido Sarducci)(1943), were both born on January 1.

Don Novello is from Dayton, Ohio. Look at that map--that is one flat state. Here's a site with interesting little-known facts about Ohio: Ohio Facts. Sample: Clarence Crane, a Cleveland chocolatier, invented Life Savers in 1912 as a summer candy that could withstand the Ohio heat.

I found another site that has the addresses of famous people, including Don Novello's:

Don Novello (Father Guido Sarducci)
PO Box 245
Fairfax CA 94930

I have to go to K-Mart tomorrow and get a birthday card for my aunt so I will get one for him, too, and tell you later if it was as exciting mailing a birthday card to Don Novello as it was mailing a fan letter to Irving Berlin. When Irving Berlin was alive, of course. The only dead celebrity I have written was Ruby Keeler. I would have been embarrassed, but, like, she was dead.

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Marilyn Jones 2000-2009