The Last Day of September 2016

Angie Dickinson is 85 today.

Chances are Johnny Mathis is 81.

Greg Brady (Barry Williams) is 62.

Marion Cotillard is 41 today.

Die ZauberflöteThe Magic Flute — premiered in Vienna 225 years ago tonight; libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder, music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. That night Mozart conducted the orchestra, Schikaneder played Papageno. Mozart died less than 10 weeks later at age 35.

James Dean was killed 61 years ago today at the junction of California Highways 41 and 46. He was 24.

NewMexiKen’s very own grandfather, John Louis Beyett, was born in Alvord, Wise County, Texas, 135 years ago today. He died before I was born, but I met his mother, my great-grandmother when I was 8-years-old. She was born in 1865 and was just 15 when my grandfather was born; the first of her nine children. She was 87 when I met her (and lived to be 93). It has always amazed me that I met an ancestor who was born the year Abraham Lincoln died.