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January 14

Some of the saints celebrating feast days today are Saint Hilary (to be invoked against snakes), Saint Felix Nola (to be invoked against perjury), Saint Macrina the Elder, Saint Barbasymas and Companions, Saint Datius, Saint Kentigern or Saint Mungo, and Saint Sava.

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Marjoe

Marjoe Gortner is celebrating his birthday today. Marjoe, named for Mary and Joseph by his Evangelical minister parents, was the youngest ordained minister in the United States, achieving the title at the tender age of 4 when he could competently preach a sermon and quote scripture. He and his angelic yellow curls went on to pack revival tents throughout the South until he was 17, when he left his profession with a vengeance, devoting quite some time to debunking the charismatic Evangelical church into which he had been born.

There is some uncertainty regarding his birth year (1945 or 1942) which has me wondering if the amazing genius attributed (even by Marjoe himself) to the infant preacher could be explained somewhat by his being three full years older than was admitted. Not that it is much less amazing to be an ordained preacher at 7 than at 4.

Here's a recent letter I received regarding Marjoe:

"Marjoe Gortner was born on January 14, 1943.  Since 1987, he has devoted most of his time producing many celebrity sports invitational events (approximately 3 per year).  These events bring entertainment and sports celebrities together to compete in sports events but the weekend event revolves a charity auction that raises money for charity. Over the years he has raised millions of dollars for charities.  The charities he [h]as raised money are many.  A short list is attached.  Last January he produced an event at the Banff Springs Hotel with Robert Kennedy Jr as host and some guests were Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Glenn Close.

"In addition his own fundraising for charity, he helps other fundraising events as the auctioneer.

"I hope this helps correct any misconceptions you have about Marjoe."

I'm glad he is doing well--he was/is an interesting character.

Here are some links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marjoe_Gortner (Wikipedia article)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6O0p4ZDnDoQ (Marjoe on YouTube)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSdI8ag1k0A&feature=related (Little Marjoe on YouTube)

UPDATE: The documentary "Marjoe" has finally been released on DVD. Click the link to see it on Amazon. The old video was going for outrageous prices on eBay prior to this DVD release.

 

Besides Marjoe, Faye Dunaway (1941, Bascom, FL) and Nina Totenberg (1944, NYC) are also celebrating birthdays today.

 

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Marilyn Jones 2000-2008