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.
Stance Yoda socks.
Cookie Monster socks.
Fozzie Bear socks (waka waka).
Miss Piggy socks.
And, of course…
Super Grover socks, via TonsOfSocks.com.
Happy Birthday #44! Today, President Obama turns 54. Hope you didn’t forget to get him something nice. In 2013, President George H. W. Bush gave him an early present: socks!
Sir Patrick Stewart celebrates his 75th birthday today!
Happy Birthday #41!
The United States President wields a lot of power. But few have exercised it in the arena of fashion. George H. W. Bush knows how to rock socks. In fact, his birthday website (happybirthday41.com) showcases his best, and allows you to design your own.
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.
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.
“I have never advocated war, except as a means of peace.
Nor have I advocated the wearing of socks with sandals.”
~Ulysses S. Grant, 1889
Born today in 1822, Ulysses S. Grant gained notoriety leading the Union Army to victory during the American Civil War. He went on to be elected President twice and his face now graces the $50 bill. That bill, though, would only buy you two and a half pairs of Confederate Army socks, adjusted for inflation. At the time, a pair of soldier’s socks in the South were $1, or $17.50 in today’s dollars. Good thing the North won.
Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin, the star of silent cinema, was born today in 1889.