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Radical Russ Belville is Now Fifty Years Old

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Radical Russ Belville is Now Fifty Years Old

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Today I have turned fifty years old. Here are some interesting trivia tidbits about that.


Tonight will be the first occurrence of a Super Blue Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse in 150 years.

Blue Moon is when two full moons happen in the same calendar month; lunar eclipses occur when the moon passes into Earth’s shadow; and supermoons happen when the moon’s perigee — its closest approach to Earth in a single orbit — coincides with a full moon. In this case, the supermoon also happens to be the day of the lunar eclipse.

I was considering staging a photo of me giving a Giant White Ass Moon to the Super Blue Blood Moon, but I was warned by Egon Spengler that it would be bad.


I share my birthday (eldest first) with

  • Gouverneur Morris (Founding Father who wrote “We the People of the United States”),
  • Zane Grey (“Riders of the Purple Sage”),
  • Tallulah Bankhead (iconic American feminist / actress),
  • Don Hutson (Green Bay Packers),
  • Jersey Joe Walcott (heavyweight champ),
  • Carol Channing (“Hello, Dolly!”),
  • Norman Mailer (“The Executioner’s Song”),
  • Jackie Robinson (#42),
  • Chuck Willis (C.C. Rider),
  • Jean Simmons (“Guys & Dolls”),
  • Ernie Banks (“Mr. Cub”),
  • Suzanne Pleshette (“Bob Newhart Show”),
  • Dick Gephardt (presidential candidate, congressman),
  • Charley Musselwhite (blues harp master),
  • Nolan Ryan (Astros’ fastball pitcher),
  • John “Johnny Rotten” Lydon (Sex Pistols),
  • Doug Pedersen (Philadelphia Eagles head coach – we’re both turning fifty today!)
  • Minnie Driver (“Good Will Hunting”),
  • Portia di Rossi (Mrs. Ellen de Generis),
  • Kerry Washington (“Scandal”),
  • and Justin Timberlake (bringing sexy back).

Of all the celebrity birthdays in the list, I’m fondest of Tallulah Bankhead. She was a sassy, sexy, fiercely independent American actress who boasted of her libertine lifestyle. Her deep sultry voice and smoky good looks kept her in the public eye from the vaudeville era though the early 1960s.

I was first attracted to her, though, by the simple coincidence of our birth date, though she was born January 31, 1902.

Then I noticed her death date was December 12, 1968. Dead on 12/12 of the year of my birth, 1968? Interesting!

Then I found this quote of hers:

Let’s not quibble! I’m the foe of moderation, the champion of excess. If I may lift a line from a die-hard whose identity is lost in the shuffle, ‘I’d rather be strongly wrong than weakly right.’


I’m dropping the quotation marks from “Radical” Russ. At 50, there’s no more need to wink at my radicalness.

I’m also downshifting my podcast work to weekly instead of daily. After 10 years of daily podcasts and now two more businesses to run and a book to write, I just haven’t got the time.

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