Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Today's birthdays

Today, Leonard Nimoy, aka Mr. Spock in the original Star Trek, turns 77 and Vicki Lawrence, of the Carol Burnett show, turns 59.

Here's her 1973 number one hit (her only hit) "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia." Still the definitive version, IMO.

As for Nimoy, the YouTube didn't allow embedding of this video, but it is worth clicking and watching. Nimoy explains here: Judaism in Star Trek. Fascinating.

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