Rabbi Albert H Friedlander z"l
85 isn't so old these days. If my father were alive, he would be 85 today. So would his brother Charles. Sadly neither of them are with us any more. There is some comfort in knowing that he was loved and is remembered by many people across the world. Would rather be able to give him a birthday kiss.
So I looked online to see who else shares this day as a birthday and found the following:
Rabbis Kaufmann Kohler and Joachim Prinz
Athletes Dennis Bergkamp (interviewed by the lovely David Winner), Jonathan Edwards and Merlene Ottey.
Bad guys John Wilkes Booth and Mark David Chapman (Rick Santorum is not as bad as them but does share the birthday)
Music heroes Sid Vicious, Donovan, Max Steiner and Bono
not to forget Thomas Lipton, Karl Barth, Fred Astaire, Milton Babbitt and Maureen Lipman.
There are loads more, but I'm supposed to be working ;-)