Thursday, February 11, 2016

It's My Birthday...and I'll Sing If I Want To!

Happy February 11th, 2016!
55 years ago today, I made my debut. I was born at 12:55 AM in Conway, South Carolina. Notice those double fives. I've always considered five a lucky number. I arrived on the 5th of August in 1979, a birth, of sorts. I would have come in May 1979 if I wasn't still in school.
I look forward to the next 55 years! I have seen a lot in my lifetime, especially over the past 37 years.
At 55,I have enough wisdom to claim experience without thinking I know it all.
I am "senior" without feeling like a senior citizen. I can get discounts at some movie theaters depending on how honest I are about my age.
I was born on a Saturday to Richard Hampton
and Wilmina Skipper, their first.
The US president was John F. Kennedy (Democratic). In that special week of February people in US were listening to Will You Love Me Tomorrow? by The Shirelles. In UK Are You Lonesome Tonight? by Elvis Presley was in the top 5 hits. Gold of the Seven Saints, directed by Gordon Douglas, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1961 while Advise And Consent by Allen Drury was one of the best selling books.
Happy Birthday to Carey Lowell February 11th 1961 as well! She has been a credited actor since the 1989 film Licence to Kill.
Most Baby Boomers who have already reached the benchmark of 55 years of age are not yet aware of the myriad of age 55 perks we can take advantage of. Asking for our “senior” discount doesn’t mean we are on our last legs. It means that we have experienced a rite of passage that allows us to meet our daily needs and enjoy many cultural and recreational activities at great lower prices!
ANC leader Nelson Mandela and wife Winnie raise fists upon his release from Victor Verster prison, 11 February 1990 in Paarl.
Nelson Mandela was released from prison after 27 years On This Day in 1990.  
Leslie Nielsen would've turned 90 On This Day. 
February 11 is the 42nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 324 days remaining until the end of the year. 
With some ingenuity and a power-house marketer, a plastic that was originally made for the military became a kitchen staple. Earl Tupper was the creator of Tupperware but a young divorced mother from Detroit, Michigan came up with the marketing plan that made Tupperware legendary. 
Max Baer was born on this date in 1909. Same year,  1909 – Joseph L. Mankiewicz, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1993). Mankiewicz has a distinction that MIGHT be matched this year. If Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu Oscar this year, he will become the first back-to-back Oscar winner in the best director category since Joseph L. Mankiewicz in 1950, and only third filmmaker to turn the trick overall. (John Ford was the other back-to-back winner.)
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On this date in 1904, Matt Dennis, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 2002)
Eva Gabor was born on this date! Hungarian-American actress (d. 1995).  She was widely known for her role on the 1965-71 television sitcom Green Acres as Lisa Douglas, the wife of Eddie Albert's character, Oliver Wendell Douglas. She voiced "Duchess" in the 1970 Disney film The Aristocats, and Miss Bianca in Disney’s The Rescuers and The Rescuers Down Under. Gabor was successful as an actress in film, on Broadway and on television. She was also a successful businessperson, marketing wigs, clothing and beauty products. Her elder sisters, Zsa Zsa and Magda Gabor, were also actresses and socialites.
Kim Stanley was also born on this day in 1925.
Well, I'm off for a day full of celebrations! Thanks for your support and here's to the next 55!
Thank you to all of the artists mentioned in this blog for the gifts you have given to the world and continue to give! 

Laughter is much more important than applause. Applause is almost a duty. Laughter is a reward.
-Carol Channing

With grateful XOXOXs ,


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February 13th, Peter Filichia in conversation with Richard Skipper at American Popular Song Society 

with Musical Director Michael Lavine
Diane J. Findlay and an all star cast
join  Peter Filichia and Richard Skipper
to celebrate the 1963/64 Broadway Season
Talk/Performance/Book Signing

Call Richard Skipper Celebrates at 845-365-0720 if you need more details.
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Doors open at 12:30 for those who want to buy sheet music Also members can take tables and sell their stuff. 2:30 -1:30 "Flea Market" 1:30 seating - showtime: 1:45 - 3:30.
Here's to an INCREDIBLE tomorrow for ALL...with NO challenges!
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Michael Kostroff also joins  Peter Filichia and Richard Skipper
to celebrate the 1963/64 Broadway Season

Keeping Entertainment LIVE!

Richard Skipper,

Feb 24
March 2nd

Anita Gillette and Penny Fuller return in a sequel to their critically acclaimed, Sin Twisters! This is Sin Twisters, Too! Directed by the incredible Barry Kleinbort with great musical direction by Paul Greenwood. They will take all of us on a great musical romp through their Broadway careers, which have criss crossed from time to time, resulting in confusing the two!...even though they don't look a thing alike!
This show WILL sell out! So reserve today and be a part of their star studded audience! Order Tickets HERE
Sarah Rice, Broadway's original Johanna of Sweeney Todd, will sing a Valentine's Day concert of songs from the operetta, classical and musical theatre repertoire, with Paul Jackel, in upstate New York, Feb. 14. - See more at:


  1. Sing hosannahs of gratitude for the wonderful Richard Skipper. LONG MAY YOU WAVE, lovely man❗️

  2. Have a Happy Day Richard....You Rock!

  3. Helllllooooo Richard and Happy Birthday to a classic!

  4. Happy Birthday, Richard! I'll be joining you in the 55 club in just a couple of months. Hope you're having a wonderful day!

  5. Happy Birthday Richard! Love , Maria