Happy Birthday Frank OZ

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The man, the myth, the legend – Frank Oz – celebrates his 72nd birthday today.

Oz was Jim Henson’s right-hand man from the beginning, helping to create some of the most memorable characters (as demonstrated above), as well as Star Wars’ Yoda.

But Oz has gone on to build a second, and highly accomplished, career as a film director.  Just check out his credits.

So thanks, Frank, for bring us so much joy and inspiration!

And if you’d like to show your love for Oz, consider sporting some character socks.

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Stance Yoda socks.

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Animal socks.

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Cookie Monster socks.

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Fozzie Bear socks (waka waka).

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Bert socks.

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Miss Piggy socks.

And, of course…

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Super Grover socks, via TonsOfSocks.com.

Ask Not What Your Socks Can Do For You…

Happy Birthday #35!  On May 29, 1917, President John F. Kennedy was born in Brookline, MA.

President Kennedy’s legacy includes a Pulitzer Prize for his book Profiles in Courage.  Though, maybe Jack should have also written children’s books.  In a 2011 interview, his daughter, Caroline, recounts his story-telling skills.

My father was spectacular at making up stories. And he used to tell me about a purple shark…. He said there was a purple shark that used to follow the Honey Fitz[the small presidential yacht]. It liked to eat socks. My father would make people throw their socks overboard, and they’d disappear. He’d say, “See? See? Did you see the purple shark? He ate the socks!” And I’d go [gasps like a child], “I don’t really see him. Oh, oh, I think I see him! Look, the socks are gone, so it must have been the shark that ate the socks!” Those stories were fantastic.

Here’s to President Kennedy and to purple sharks.

     

Happy Birthday Pac-Man!

Released on May 22, 1980, the classic yellow man turns 35 today.

There are two legends of how Pac-Man received his moniker.  The original Japanese title for the game was Pakkuman, which was based on the onomatopoeic term paku paku (supposedly, the sound of the mouth opening and closing while eating).  The second story is that the name was initially Puck-Man due to the main character resembling a hockey puck.  The name was then changed to Pac-Man when released in the United States to avoid vandals altering the name to something less than family friendly.