Happy Birthday Daddy!


Happy Birthday Daddy!

Just a little message from your baby girl Kim. I sure do miss you and I will be thinking of you all throughout this day. You know I always think of you anyways, but today will be different. This day 72 years ago you entered this world. You entered with a destiny. I was part of that great destiny that you lived. I thank God so much for letting me born to you and to grow up with someone who loved me as much as you did. I may have never told you, but you are such an inspiration to me. I find myself wanting to share my memories of you with everyone. I guess it's my way of keeping you alive. I believe that you lived a great life. A life that your Momma would have been so proud of. Atleast now you two can be together and she can take care of you again just as you did with me for 22 years. Thank you Daddy for bringing me into this world and giving me such a great life. I will strive always to make you proud and I will forever keep your memory alive through me. I love you!!!!!

Love Always & Forever,


Dad was born on Monday November 12, 1928 and passed away on April 13, 2000. He was 71 years, 5 months, and 1 day old. This year November 12, 2000 Dad would have been 72 years old. Dad also has a twin sister Ora "Irene" Bennett who is celebrating her 72nd birthday today without her dear brother. On Dad's 70th birthday he told me he was going to live to be 100, and I believed him. I had no reason to believe that in a little over a year and a half he would be gone.

Dad lived for life and he lived each and every day to the fullest. He never fussed over presents, and he was just as happy with a homemade coconut cake. He had no need for material things. The air in his lungs and the sun on his face was gift enough, however a good garage sale also made up for any bad day he was having. This will be the first birthday without Dad and I know it will be hard. We will have to place flowers on his grave instead of celebrating over cake and ice cream. I know in time it will get easier, but it takes all my strenght to just get by without him. So hold those loved ones tight and treasure each moment with them. I will always treasure my memories of Dad. I know the memories will always be there and no one can take them from me.

On Dad's 71st birthday, we gave him a surprise birthday. He was so happy. All his children were there and almost all of the grandkids too. It was a very memorable day that we will all treasure. We are all so glad that we were there with him on his last birthday while he was still so full of life. I am so glad that he was able to spend it with all of us. I made this page to help forever keep his memory alive. I never want to forget him on any of the holidays or birthdays that we would celebrate with him if he still was here.

I have also collected some interesting information about the different things that happened in history on the day Dad was born. They are listed in the tables below. I collected the information from several different sources so I hope that they are all accurate. Below are some pictures from Dad's last birthday


Photos from last year
Dad on his 71st birthday

Mom & Dad Kim & Dad

Our Family

Dad & the grandkids


Interesting November Information
Sun Sign Birthstone Planetary Stone Lucky Charms
Scorpio Aquamarine, Topaz Garnet, Ruby Aquamarine, Beryl

November Birthstones
Birth Month Modern Birthstones Modern Birthstones Mystical Birthstones Ayurvedic Birthstones Other Birthstones
Yellow Topaz, Citrine

November 12th Birthdays
Year Person Additional Information
1815 Elizabeth Cady Stanton womenís rights activist; died October 26, 1902
1840 Auguste Rodin sculptor: Gates of Hell, The Kiss, The Thinker, The Balzac, The Burghers of Calais, St. John the Baptist Preaching; museums in Paris and Philadelphia named for him; died Nov 17, 1917
1866 Sun Yat-Sen revolutionary leader: China [1911]; died Mar 12,192
1898 Leon Stukelj Olympic gold medalist: gymnast [2 gold medals in 1924]; first gymnast from Slovenia to win an Olympic gold medal; died Nov 8, 1999 [four days before his 101st birthday]
1903 Jack Oakie (Lewis Delaney Offield) actor: Lover Come Back, The Rat Race, Song of the Islands, Tin Pan Alley, The Texas Rangers; died Jan 23, 1978
1908 Harry Blackmun Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court [1970]: wrote the majority opinion in Roe vs. Wade; died Mar 4, 1999
1918 Jo Stafford singer: Shrimp Boats [Are A-Cominí, Thereís Danciní Tonight], Jambalaya, Long Ago and Far Away, No Other Love, Candy, You Belong to Me, Make Love to Me; group: Pied Pipers: Dream
1920 Richard Quine actor: Babes on Broadway, For Me and My Gal, director: The World of Suzy Wong, Bell Book and Candle, How to Murder Your Wife, Sex and the Single Girl; died Jun 10, 1989
1922 Sunset Carson (Michael Harrison) actor: Stage Door Canteen, Rio Grande Raiders, Alias Billy the Kid; died May 1, 1990
1922 Kim Hunter (Janet Cole) Academy Award-winning actress: A Streetcar Named Desire [1951]; Requiem for a Heavyweight, Planet of the Apes series, The Edge of Night, Backstairs at the White House
1926 George Ratterman football: QB: Univ. of Notre Dame, Buffalo Bills, NY Yankees, Cleveland Browns
1929 Grace Kelly (Princess Grace of Monaco) Academy Award-winning actress: The Country Girl [1954]; To Catch a Thief, High Society, High Noon, Rear Window, Dial ďMĒ for Murder; singer: True Love [w/Bing Crosby]; died Sep 14, 1982
1931 Bob Crewe producer: The Four Seasons, Mitch Ryder
1934 Ann Flood actress: The Edge of Night
1943 Brian Hyland singer: Sealed with a Kiss, Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini, Let Me Belong to You
1943 John Maus musician: bass, singer: trio: The Walker Brothers: My Ship is Coming In, Make It Easy on Yourself, The Sun Ainít Gonna Shine Anymore
1943 Wallace Shawn actor: House Arrest, Clueless, The Magic Bubble, Radio Days, The Princess Bride, Micki & Maude, The Hotel New Hampshire, A Little Sex, My Dinner with Andre, Simon, All That Jazz
1944 Booker T. Jones musician: group: Booker T and the MGís: Green Onions, Time is Tight
1944 Ken Houston Pro Football Hall of Famer: Houston Oilers safety: NFL Individual Season Record holder: 4 interceptions returned for touchdowns [1971]
1944 Al Michaels sportscaster: ABC Sports [Monday Night Football since 1986]; Emmy: Outstanding Sports Personality -- Play-by-Play (Host): 1986, 1989, 1995]; inducted into National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame [1998]; NSSA Sportscaster of the Year: 1980, 1983, 1986]
1945 John Schroeder golf: PGA, SPGA tour; commentator: NBC Sports; son of Wimbledon and Davis Cup winner, Ted Schroeder
1945 Neil Young singer, songwriter, musician: Only Love Can Break Your Heart, Heart of Gold, Philadelphia; group: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: LP: Deja Vu; Buffalo Springfield: For What Itís Worth
1948 Errol Brown songwriter [w/Tony Wilson]: Think About Your Children, Bet Your Life I Do; singer: group: Hot Chocolate: Give Piece a Chance, Love is Life, I Believe in Love, Brother Louie, Cicero Park, Emma, Disco Queen, You Sexy Thing, So You Win Again, Iíll Put You Back Together Again, Every 1ís a Winner, Girl Crazy, Chances
1948 Cliff Harris Pro Football Hall of Famer: Dallas Cowboys safety: Super Bowl: V, VI, X, XII, XIII
1950 Barbara Fairchild singer: The Teddy Bear Song, Kid Stuff
1952 Steve Bartkowski football: QB: Univ. of California, Atlanta Falcons [NFC Rookie of the Year: 1975]
1955 Leslie McKeown singer: group: The Bay City Rollers: Bye Bye Baby, Give Me a Little Love, I Only Wanna Be With You, Saturday Night
1961 Nadia Comaneci Olympic Gold Medalist: gymnastics [1976]: 7 perfect 10s
1966 David Schwimmer actor: Friends, The Wonder Years, Breast Men, Six Days Seven Nights
1968 Sammy (Samuel Peralta) Sosa baseball: Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs [joined Mark McGwire in breaking Roger Maris's record of 61 home runs in single season with 66 in 1998, 63 in 1999/all-star: 1995, 1998, 1999]
1970 Tonya Harding ice skatSmoke on the Water - Red Foleyer: involved in knife attack on fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan, pleaded guilty to obstructing justice

November 12th Chart Toppers
Year Song & Artist Song & Artist Song & Artist Song & Artist
1944 "Iíll Walk Alone"
Dinah Shore
"Dance with the Dolly"
The Russ Morgan Orchestra (vocal: Al Jennings)
"How Many Hearts Have You Broken"
The Three Suns
"Smoke on the Water"
Red Foley
1953 "Vaya Con Dios"
Les Paul & Mary Ford
"You, You, You"
The Ames Brothers
"Ebb Tide"
The Frank Chacksfield Orchestra
"I Forgot More Than Youíll Ever Know"
The Davis Sisters
1962 "Heís a Rebel"
The Crystals
"Big Girls Donít Cry"
The 4 Seasons
"All Alone Am I"
Brenda Lee
"Iíve Been Everywhere"
Hank Snow
1971 "Maggie May/Reason to Believe"
Rod Stewart
"Theme from Shaft"
Isaac Hayes
John Lenon Plastic Ono Band
"Hear Comes Honey Again"
Sonny James
1980 "Woman in Love"
Barbra Streisand
Kenny Rogers
"The Wanderer"
Donna Summer
"On the Road Again"
Willie Nelson
1989 "When I See You Smile"
Bad English
"Blame It on the Rain"
Milli Vanilli
"(Itís Just) The Way that You Love Me"
Paula Abdul
"Burniní Old Memories"
Kathy Mattea

This Day Music History
November 12, 2000
167 years ago
Composer Alexander Porfirievich Borodin was born. (1833)
55 years ago
Neil Young, guitarist and vocalist for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Buffalo Springfield, is born. (1945)
45 years ago
Billboard publishes the results of its annual disc jockey poll. The most played R&B single is Johnny Ace's "Pledging My Love," most promising artist is Chuck Berry and the favorite R&B artist is Fats Domino. In the pop category, rock and roll is barely present. Elvis Presley is voted the most promising country & western artist. (1955)
43 years ago
"Jamboree," the first movie starring Jerry Lee Lewis, previews in Hollywood. Among those featured in the flick are Fats Domino (with whom Lewis shares top billing), Carl Perkins, Frankie Avalon, Slim Whitman and Connie Francis. (1957)
34 years ago
Donovan's "Mellow Yellow" is released. (1966)
33 years ago
Jerry Lee Lewis records "To Make Love Sweeter for You." It will be his second country Number One since "Great Balls of Fire" almost ten years ago. (1967)
30 years ago
The Doors make their last appearance in New Orleans. Ray Manzarek, Robbie Krieger and John Densmore later recall watching Jim Morrison lose "all his energy" as the show comes to a close. (1970)
21 years ago
Jefferson Starship singer Marty Balin's rock opera "Rock Justice" opens a four-day run at San Francisco's Old Waldorf night club. Balin stars in and co-directs the musical, about a rock star who dreams he's on trial for not having a hit record. (1979)
16 years ago
Madonna releases the "Like A Virgin" LP. (1984)
13 years ago
Sly Stone shows up over an hour late for his "comeback" concert in Los Angeles. When he gets there he is arrested for nonpayment of child support. (1987)
11 years ago
The musical "Grand Hotel" opened at the Beck Theatre. (1989)
10 years ago
Rolling Stone Ron Wood is injured when he is struck by a car near London. (1990)
7 years ago
Michael Jackson canceled a world tour, saying that he had a dependence on painkillers. (1993)
3 years ago
Chang Yu-Sheng, best know for his hit Mandarin song "My Future Is Not A Dream," died three weeks after being injured in an auto accident. (1997)
1 years ago
British glam-rocker Gary Glitter is sentenced to four months in a UK jail after pleading guilty to charges of child pornography. In a separate trial hours earlier, Glitter was acquitted of sexually assaulting an underaged fan almost two decades before. (1999)

MISC. History
1799 Andrew Ellicott Douglass witnesses the Leonids meteor shower from a ship off the Florida Keys.
1815 American suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born in Johnstown, NY.
1840 Sculptor Auguste Rodin was born in Paris. His most widely known works are "The Kiss" and "The Thinker."
1859 The first flying trapeze act was performed by Jules Leotard at Cirque Napoleon in Paris, France. He was also the designer of the garment that is named after him.
1892 William "Pudge" Heffelfinger became the first professional football player when he was paid a $500 bonus for helping the Allegheny Athletic Association beat the Pittsburgh Athletic Club.
1915 Theodore W. Richards, of Harvard University, became the first American to be awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry.
1918 Austria was declared an independent republic only one day after the end of World War I.
1920 Judge Keneshaw Mountain Landis was elected the first commissioner of the American and National Leagues.
1921 Representatives of nine nations gathered for the start of the Washington Conference for Limitation of Armaments.
1927 Joseph Stalin became the undisputed ruler of the Soviet Union. Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party leading to Stalin coming to power.
1931 Maple Leaf Gardens opened in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It was to be the new home of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the National Hockey League (NHL).
1940 Walt Disney released "Fantasia."
1942 During World War II, naval battle of Guadalcanal began between Japanese and American forces. The Americans won a major victory.
1944 During World War II, the German battleship "Tirpitz" was sunk off the coast of Norway.
1946 The first drive-up banking facility opened at the Exchange National Bank in Chicago, IL.
1948 The war crimes tribunal sentenced Japanese Premier Hideki Tojo and six other World War II Japanese leaders to death.
1954 Ellis Island, the immigration station in New York Harbor, closed after processing more than 20 million immigrants since 1892.
1975 U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas retired because of failing health, ending a record 36Ĺ-year term.
1980 The U.S. space probe Voyager I came within 77,000 miles of Saturn while transmitting data back to Earth.
1982 Yuri V. Andropov was elected to succeed the late Leonid I. Brezhnev as general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party's Central Committee.
1984 Space shuttle astronauts Dale Gardner and Joe Allen snared the Palapa B-2 satellite in history's first space salvage.
1985 In Norfolk, VA, Arthur James Walker was sentenced to life in prison for his role in a spy ring run by his brother, John A. Walker Jr.
1987 The American Medical Association issued a policy statement that said it was unethical for a doctor to refuse to treat someone solely because that person had AIDS or was HIV-positive.
1990 Japanese Emperor Akihito formally assumed the Chrysanthemum Throne.
1991 In the U.S., Robert Gates was sworn in as CIA director.
1995 The space shuttle Atlantis blasted off on a mission to dock with the Russian space station Mir.
1997 Four Americans and their Pakistani driver were shot to death in Karachi, Pakistan. The Americans were oil company employees.
1997 The UN Security Council imposed new sanctions on Iraq for constraints being placed on UN arms inspectors.
1997 Ramzi Yousef was found guilty of masterminding the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.

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