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Demented Datebooks: Comedy Today in Birthdays and Deaths by Name for January 8

Last Updated 06-08-2018

🎭Michelle Forbes -- is 53 in the year 2018 and 54 in the year 2019; b.1/8/1965
TV Shows: Star Trek the Next Generation (as Ensign Ro), Homicide (as Chief Medical Examiner Julianna Cox)

🎭Josh Meyers -- is 42 in the year 2018 and 43 in the year 2019; b.1/8/1976
Actor, Comedian
Names/Places: Seth's brother
TV Shows: That 70s Show (as Randy Pearson), MADtv, Red Oaks (as Barry)
Movie Titles: How to Make Love to a Woman, Bruno

🎭Ron Pederson -- is 40 in the year 2018 and 41 in the year 2019; b.1/8/1978
Actor, Comedian
TV Shows: MADtv, Murdoch Mysteries
Movie Titles: Vampire Dog

✍💻🎵Andy Ross -- is 33 in the year 2018 and 34 in the year 2019; b.1/8/1985
Writer, Dramatist/Playwright, Internet Audio Show Host, Lyricist
Misc: Host of H2R radio show on the Internet

🎭Anne Schedeen -- is 69 in the year 2018 and 70 in the year 2019; b.1/8/1949
TV Shows: Marcus Welby MD (as Sandy Porter), Paper Dolls, Alf (as Kate Tanner)

🎭Larry Storch -- is 95 in the year 2018 and 96 in the year 2019; b.1/8/1923
Actor, Comedian, Cartoon Voice Actor
TV Shows: The Larry Storch Show, F Troop (as Cpl. Randolph Agarn), The Queen & I, The Brady Kids (as Marlon the wizard & Moptop the dog)

🎭Laurie Walters -- is 71 in the year 2018 and 72 in the year 2019; b.1/8/1947
Misc: some say b. 1952 or b. 1956, but a Crook and Chase show confirmed it's 1947; retired from acting in 1999
TV Shows: Eight is Enough (as Joannie Bradford)

🎭🎮🎵Scott Whyte -- is 40 in the year 2018 and 41 in the year 2019; b.1/8/1978
Actor, Video Game Voice Actor, Composer
TV Shows: City Guys
Movie Titles: Reeker, D2: The Mighty Ducks, D3: The Mighty Ducks
Video Games: Batman: Arkham Knight, Lego's Marvel's Avengers, Halo 5: Guardians, Transformers: Devastation, Final Fantasy XV, Mighty No. 9, Rachet and Clank, Skylanders: Imaginators

🎨⛪🎭🎵🎸David Bowie -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/8/1947 d.1/10/2016 N.S. (69)
Hall of Famer, Painter, Protestant, Vegetarian, Movie Actor, Music Producer, Arranger, Songwriter, Singer/Guitarist, Saxophonist, Rock & Roll Performer, English
Names/Places: b. in London; RN:David Robert Heywood Jones; Iman's hubby
Group Names: The Tin Machine, soloist
Song Titles: The Laughing Gnome, Space Oddity, The Jean Genie, Drive-In Saturday, Life on Mars?, Sorrow, Rebel Rebel, Diamond Dogs, Knock on Wood, Young Americans, Fame, Golden Years, Sound and Visiopn, Heroes, Breaking Glass, Boys Keep Swinging, DJ, Ashes to Ashes, Fashion, Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps), Under Pressure (with Queen), Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy (with Bing Crosby), Let's Dance, China Girl, Modern Love, Blue Jean, Tonight (with Tina Turner), This is Not America (with the Pat Metheny Group), Dancing in the Street (with Mick Jagger), Absolute Beginners, Underground, Day-In Day-Out, Never Let Me Down, Jump They Say
Album Titles: David Bowie, Space Oddity, The Man Who Sold the World, Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Aladdin Sane, Pin Ups, Diamond Dogs, Young Americans, Station to Station, Low, Heroes, Lodger, Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps), Let's Dance, Tonight, Never Let Me Down, Tin Machine, Tin Machine II, Black Tie White Noise, The Buddha of Suburbia, Outside, Earthling, Hours..., Heathen, Reality, The Next Day, Blackstar
Video Titles: Video EP, Serious Moonlight, Love You Till Tuesday, Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars: The Motion Picture, Jazzin' For Blue Jean, Ricochet, Day-In Day-Out, Glass Spider, Black Tie White Noise, The Video Collection, Best of Bowie, A Reality Tour
Movie Titles: The Man Who Fell to Earth, Just a Gigolo, The Snowman, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, Jazzin' to Blue Jean, Labyrinth, Absolute Beginners, The Last Temptation of Chrrist, The Linguini Incident, Basquiat, Gunslinger's Revenge, Everybody Loves Sunshine

✍🎭Graham Chapman -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/8/1941 d.10/4/1989 (48)
Screen/Scriptwriter, TV/Movie Actor, Comedian, English
TV Shows: Monty Python's Flying Circus (founding member)

🎭William Hartnell -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/8/1908 d.4/24/1975 (67)
TV Actor, English
TV Shows: Dr. Who (the first actor to play the Doctor)

💰Reuben Mattus -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/8/1913 d.1/27/1994 (81)
Misc: who parlayed the nonsensical name Haagen-Dazs into a multimillion-dollar ice cream fortune

🎭Ron Moody -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/8/1924 d.6/11/2015 (91)
Actor, Comedian, English
Names/Places: RN:Ronald Moodnick
Misc: stage: Oliver! (as Fagin)
TV Shows: Nobody's Perfect (as Det. Insp. Roger Hart)

🎵🎸Marc Moreland -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/8/1958 d.3/13/2002 (44)
New Wave Guitarist
Group Names: Wall of Voo Doo

🎭Stanley Prager -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/8/1917 d.1/18/1972 (55)
Comedian, Director

🎭🎵🎸Elvis Presley -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/8/1935 d.8/16/1977 (42)
Hall of Famer, Movie Actor, Music Producer, Composer/Songwriter, Singer/Guitarist, Country-Rock Performer
Names/Places: b. in Tupelo, MS; MN:Aron; changed to Aaron; NN:The King of Rock and Roll; Priscilla's ex-husband
Misc: The first real star of rock and roll; too many notable hits to list here!; d. at Graceland Mansion in Memphis, Tennessee; Billboard ranks him as the top pop recording artist of all time with 17 No. 1 songs. The 1956 two-sided hit ``Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog'' stays at No. 1 for 11 weeks, a record for the rock era that stands until 1992. Hall of Famer in America's Pop, Country Music, and Rock and Roll
Song Titles: Heartbreak Hotel, Don't Be Cruel, Hound Dog, Love Me Tender, Too Much, All Shook Up, Teddy Bear, Jailhouse Rock, Don't, Hard Headed Woman, Stuck on You, It's Now or Never, Are You Lonesome Tonight?, Surrender, Good Luck Charm, Return to Sender, Suspicious Minds, Way Down, A Little Less Conversation
Album Titles: Elvis Presley, Elvis, Loving You, Elvis is Back!, Something for Everybody, Pot Luck, Aloah from Hawaii via Satellite
Movie Titles: Jailhouse Rock, G.I. blues, Blue Hawaii, Fun in Acapulco, Viva Las Vegas

✍🎭🎵Soupy Sales -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/8/1926 d.10/22/2009 (83)
Author, Comedian, TV Host, Panelist, Radio Disc Jock
Names/Places: b. in Franklinton, N.C.; RN:Milton Soupbone Hines Supman
Misc: World's Leading Authority on Pie Throwing
TV Shows: Soupy Sales Show, What's My Line, Sha Na Na

🎭"Stymie" Beard Jr. -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/1/1925 d.1/8/1981 (56)
Movie Actor
Names/Places: RFN:Matthew
Movie Titles: Our Gang (as Stymie 1930-35)

✍🎭🎵Pat Buttram -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/19/1917 d.1/8/1994 (78)
Comedy Writer, TV/Movie/Stage Actor, Comedian, Country Singer
Misc: Cowboy Actor; Gene Autry's sidekick; a favorite Hollywood toastmaster
TV Shows: Green Acres (as Mister Eustace Charleton Haney)

🎨Art Clokey -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/12/1921 d.1/8/2010 (88)
Misc: Gumby creator & Claymation inventor & patenter
TV Shows: Gumby, Davey and Goliath

🎭Yvonne De Carlo -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/1/1922 d.1/8/2007 (84)
TV/Movie Actress, Canadian
Names/Places: b. in Vancouver, B.C.; RN:Peggy Yvonne Middleton
TV Shows: The Munsters (as Lily Munster)
Movie Titles: The Ten Commandments

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🎵Louis Gaste -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/18/1908 d.1/8/1995 (86)
Misc: wrote the song known in English as How Much Is That Doggy In The Window; d. was 88?

🎭Mae Questel -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/13/1908 d.1/8/1998 (89)
Cartoon Voice Actress
Misc: voice of Betty Boop; d. Jan 4?
Movie Titles: Betty Boop (cartoon shorts)

🎭Donnelly Rhodes -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/4/1937 d.1/8/2018 N.S. (80)
Actor, Director, Canadian
TV Shows: Da Vinci's Inquest (as Det. Leo Shannon), Danger Bay (as Dr. Grant "Doc" Roberts), Soap (as Dutch), Double Trouble
Movie Titles: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Tron: Legacy

🎭Reta Shaw -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/13/1912 d.1/8/1982 (69)
TV/Movie Actress, Comedienne
TV Shows: Mr. Peepers (as Aunt Lil), Betty White Show, Ann Sothern Show (as Flora Macauley), Tab Hunter Show (as Thelma), Ichabod & Me (as Aunt Lavinia), Cara Williams Show, The Ghost & Mrs. Muir (as Martha Grant)

🎨Iwao Takamoto -- Death Anniversary -- b.4/29/1925 d.1/8/2007 (81)
Misc: a leading animator with Walt Disney and then Hanna-Barbera on cartoons and designed Scooby Doo; contributed to the Disney classics Cinderella, Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, Lady and the Tramp, and 101 Dalmations; influenced almost all of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon output including The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Hong Kong Phooey, and others

🎭Terry-Thomas -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/14/1911 d.1/8/1990 (78)
Radio Actor, Movie/Stage Actor, Comedian, English
Names/Places: b. in London; RN:Thomas Terry Hoar Stevens
Movie Titles: It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World, Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines

💰Dave (Restaurateur) Thomas -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/2/1932 d.1/8/2002 (69)
Businessperson, Restaurateur
Misc: Wendy's Restaraunts founder; not the SCTV comedian

🎭Jesse White -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/3/1919 d.1/8/1997 (78)
Actor, Comedian, Commercial Actor
Names/Places: RMLN:Marc Wiedenfeld
Misc: The Lonely Maytag Repairman commercials 1960-80s; some say b. in 1918
TV Shows: Private Secretary (as Cagey Calhoun), Danny Thomas Show (as Jesse Leeds), Ann Sothern Show (as Oscar Pudney)
Movie Titles: Bedtime for Bonzo, Million Dollar Mermaid

🎭Lois Wilson -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/28/1894 d.1/8/1983 (88)
TV Shows: The Aldrich Family (as Mrs. Alice Aldrich)

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In 1935, Elvis (Aron) Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, one of a pair of twins (his brother Jessie was stillborn). The King of Rock ʹnʹ Roll, who later changed the spelling of his middle name to Aaron, became the teen-age idol of millions. From “Thatʹs All Right, Mama” and “Mystery Train,” recorded for Sam Phillips in 1954, to “Suspicious Minds,” his last No. 1 hit under the control of Colonel Tom Parker; Presley was an unequaled phenomenon. He scored 90 Top-20 rock ʹnʹ roll hits and also acted in over 30 films, including “Jailhouse Rock,” “G.I. Blues,” “Blue Hawaii,” “Fun in Acapulco,” “Flaming Star,” “It Happened at the Worldʹs Fair” and “Viva Las Vegas.” He died on August 16, 1977, and is buried at his palatial home, Graceland, in Memphis, Tennessee. Billboard magazine ranks Elvis as the top pop recording artist of all time, with 17 No. 1 songs. His 1956 two-sided hit “Donʹt Be Cruel/Hound Dog.” stayed at No. 1 for 11 weeks, a record for the rock ʹnʹ roll era that stood until 1992.

In 1947, David Bowie (David Robert Jones) was born in London, England. Bowie first recorded with the King Bees, Lower Third and the Mannish Boys in 1963 before going solo; his two No. 1 songs “Fame” and “Letʹs Dance.”

In 1964, on “The Beverly Hillbillies,” Granny fights a “giant jackrabbit” (really a kangaroo that one of Mr. Drysdaleʹs Australian associates has sent as a prank.) The show earns a 44 rating, making it the most watched half hour sitcom ever.

In 1966, on the cover of TV Guide: “Eva Gabor and Eddie Albert of Green Acres”. Other Articles: Gilliganʹs Island, Mr.Ed, Petticoat Junction

In 1971, Andy Griffith becomes mayor of his old hometown in CBSʹs “The New Andy Griffith Show.” Only five months later, Nielsen viewers vote him out of office.

In 1971, in a Brady Bunch episode called “Where Thereʹs Smoke”, Gregʹs sisters catch him smoking and Marcia tells their parents, Greg admits to his folks that he was smoking and says he wonʹt do it again. But the following day, a pack of cigarettes falls out of his pocket.

In 1972, on the cover of TV Guide: “Flip Wilson”. Other Articles: McMillan and Wife, Jules and Jim

In 1972, R.C., “Love Potion Number Nine” by Coasters peaked at #76 on the pop singles chart.

In 1973, Yoko Ono releases “Approximately Infinite University” as a two record set because say says, “I figured if George Harrison can put out a triple album, then I can put out a double album.” Although the disc doesnʹt do especailly well, itʹs generally better accepted than her earlier avant-garde work.

In 1979, “Password Plus”, TV Game Show, returned on NBC with host Allen Ludden. Also debuting is a short-lived game show “All Star Secrets” with host Bob Eubanks (on his birthday!)

In 1983, “Not Necessarily The News”, TV Variety, debut on HBO.

In 1988, “California Raisins” album by California Raisins was certified Gold by the RIAA

In 1992, President George H.W. Bush got ill, collapsed during a state dinner in Tokyo, and threw up on the Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawaʹs lap; alert Secret Service agents, seized the vomit, and wrestled it to the ground; White House officials said Bush was suffering from stomach flu, but in reality, Bush was predicting something horrible from Japan would be coming to America years from now…Pokemon!

In 1993, NBC decided to offer The Tonight Show to David Letterman after repeatedly assuring Jay Leno before that Jayʹs hosting duties were firm.

In 1995, Fox decides foolishly to revive “Get Smart” with Maxwell Smart and Agent (now Congresswoman) 99's son Zach Smart fighting crime just as ineptly as his father had 25 years earlier. The revival only produces seven episodes, but its not-so-smart young hero — Andy Dick — bounces back quickly and is seen only a month later as Matthew Brock on “NewsRadio.”

In 1995, “House of Buggin'” starring comedian John Leguizamo (TV Comedy Variety) premiered on Fox TV.

In 1999, the quirky TV drama series “Providence” premiered on NBC

In 2000, In one of the craziest games in NFL playoff history, Kevin Dyson returned a lateral on a kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown with three seconds left, as the Tennessee Titans stunned the Buffalo Bills 22-16.

In 2002, “Last Call with Carson Daly” began airing on NBC

In 2002, Wendyʹs fast food chain founder Dave Thomas (not to be confused with SCTVʹs Dave Thomas) died in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., at age 69.

In 2007, Actress Yvonne De Carlo, who was famous for playing Lily in the TV series “The Munsters”, died in Woodland Hills, California, at age 84.

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Astrological sign: Aquarius: The Water Bearer (1-21 thru 2-19) Ruling Planet: Uranus; Element: Air; Traits: Humanitarian, independent, inventive, aloof; Body part associated with this sign: The legs; Occupations: Teacher, social worker, astronomer, astrologer, scientist, inventor.
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Flowers: carnation and snowdrop
Full Moon: the Wolf Moon
Gems: garnet and hyacinth
Meanings: the sentimental meaning of the garnet is for constancy, and the carnation is for friendship.
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