Time is Worth Waiting For One Day at a Time

Today as I worked on a press release for a client, dealt with invitations for an upcoming event and worked on a new business proposal, something caught my eye while online that caused me to take a step back and reflect. 


Each day in the newspaper there is always a list of celebrity birthdays. I often marvel at how many major names share birthdays whenever I happen to sneak a peek. Of course when you factor in the thousands of people born each day, the odds of a handful turning into celebrities is really small.  Yet, what caught my eye today online was the grouping of celebrity names associated with April 23.  It read like a who’s who of my childhood and gave me an appreciation for a much simpler time when there weren’t as many distractions.


Among those sharing a birthday today were the Bionic Man, actor Lee Majors (Six Million Dollar Man), 1940; actress Joyce DeWitt (Three’s Company), 1949; and actress Valerie Bertinelli (One Day at a Time), 1960.


The Six Million Dollar Man (We can rebuild him, we have the technology) used sound effects and slow motion as the special effects. It was rudimentary at best and kids watching it today would be bored, but in the 1970’s Steve Austin was the closest thing to Jack Bauer we had.  Three’s Company broke ground with a character named Jack Tripper, played by the late John Ritter, impersonating a gay man so he could share an apartment with two beautiful women, Chrissy Snow (Suzanne Somers) and Janet Wood, played by Joyce DeWitt, who remained a regular on the show throughout its run.  And, like millions of other school boys, I had a crush on Valerie Bertinelli during her days as a character on One Day at a Time. She looked good on the cover of People last month as well.


Many other famous names share this day, including director Michael Moore (1954), comedian George Lopez (1961), actress Estelle Harris (1936) -George Costanza’s mom on Seinfeld, the famous child star Shirley Temple (1928), Slumdog Millionaire actor Dev Patel (1990), and now deceased Herve Villechaize of Fantasy Island, (Boss, da plane, da plane) and singer Roy Orbison both in 1943.


In addition to this short list of famous names born over the last 100 years, I culled Brainy History for some other significant events that occurred on this date.


1995 – President Clinton declared a national day of mourning for the Oklahoma City bombing


1989 –  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played his last game as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers


1985 – Coca-Cola announced it was changing its secret formula


1972 – Apollo 16 astronauts explored the moon’s surface


1956 – U.S. Supreme Court ends racial segregation on buses


1954 – Hank Aaron hit the first of his 755 home runs


1949 – Chinese Red Amy conquered Nanjing


1943 – British and U.S. offensive directed at Tunis/Bizerta commenced


1939 –  Ted Williams hit his first home run


1903 – The New York Highlanders (Yankees) win their first game beating the Washington Senators 7-2


I decided to write this because as we become more infatuated with instant communication, keeping the world abreast of our every waking moment, we need to realize that no matter what, we will remain just one minor peg in the ultimate wheel of time.


So take a step back tomorrow before posting a tweet, updating Facebook or answering email and reflect on the moment at hand.  Time is worth waiting for. You just have to take it one day at a time.


Tom Cosentino


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