Happy Birthday to Ethel Merman (would have been 105); choreographer Debbie Allen, 63; Sade, 54; Kate Moss, 39.
Also, on Jan. 16, 1991, the White House announced the start of Operation Desert Storm to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait.
I greatly miss the "On this day in gay history" poster.
I remember January 16--the night the Iraq/Kuwait War began. It was a very big deal at the time, very dramatic day. It was my birthday, and my friends were taking me out to dinner.
We ended up sitting there in the restaurant watching television as the country went to war. Everything came to a standstill; it was wall-to-wall news coverage.
Sade is fifty four???? Damn that bitch never ages!
I'm one year sober...woo hoo.
Go girl! You go with your strong self at R4!
It's the birthday of food writer Ruth Reichl, born in New York City (1948). Her mom loved to cook, but she was terrible at it. Reichl's brother once said he was amazed that he lived to the age of 25, and he called their mother "a menace to society." The two of them would conspire to save guests from some of their mother's more disastrous creations, and they would flush their lunches down the toilet when she wasn't looking.
Reichl remembered: "My mother really would make these dreadful concoctions. She really prided herself on something called 'Everything Stew,' where she would take everything in the refrigerator, all the leftovers, and put them all together. One day I was watching her put in leftover turkey and broccoli and a little can of mushroom soup. And she's throwing things in. And half an apple pie goes in. [...] I'd sort of look at her and say: 'Mom!' And she says: 'Oh, it'll be fine.' [...] In defense, I started cooking, because I didn't want to eat that."
Reichl responded by learning to be a great cook herself, and she also became a restaurant critic, coming up with a dozen different personas — and disguises — she would put on when she was going to review an eatery. She was the editor of Gourmet Magazine for 10 years, and she's written many food-related books, most recently For You, Mom. Finally. (2010).
Is it okay today to still say "Happy New Year" to people?