Kathleen Casey Kirschling turns 60;
(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.
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)
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.