Happy UN-Birthday 2017!

Taking on the year with ATT-i-tude ...

Happy UN-Birthday 39ers
Yep, we UN-do birthdays here. So let’s UNwrap another year, and enjoy at least ONE day of non-stop fun. OK, well, I tend to party the whole month away, but maybe that's just me. 

Birthdays are important. Not because we're a year older—it’s a great day to reflect, rejoice, and rejuvenate. Join us at 39 and Holding where we’re forever young—with ATT-i-tude! HAPPY BIRTHDAY 39ers

Let’s explore your UN-birthday DECEMBER 2017 ...
Leapin’ Lizards, 39ers! It’s December 1978! 

Ah yes, the late ‘70s. Music flowed around us in slivers of love and broken hippie beads, as swirling Psychedelic music ignored Disco and morphed more forcefully, into Heavy Metal’s crashing beat. Well, for some.

39 Years Ago this Month ~ December 1978
The music charts, however, spouted love and lust for December 1978. Fans of WKTQ/Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, swooned with Neil Diamond and Barbara Streisand’s #1 hit, “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers”; while WLS/Chicagoland’s idea of Holiday hotness was chart-topper, “Hot Child in the City” (Nick Gilder).

Personally, I grooved to an up-and-coming hit, “Double Vision,” by Foreigner; obviously in the Christmas spirits … I mean, spirit … with some yummy eggnog. 😊 It entered the scene at #26 on KHJ’s Top Thirty in Los Angeles, but already kicking the top ten at WLS. Fill my eyes with that double vision

Speaking of blurry vision … what’s that … up in the sky? It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s … it’s …

Superman! Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound

He bounded into our lives in a December 10, 1978 preview at the Kennedy Center, and flew over gaping mouths across the US in its national debut, December 15th.

Just for the record, there can never be another Superman to rival Christopher Reeve. (With an admiring nod to George Reeves—TV’s iconic Superman of the 1950s.)

For 39ers who Follow the Stars   
Sagittarians explode into December, excited about the year-end and a promising New Year, with Capricorn.

In this month dominated by red and green, Sagittarius and Capricorn stride regally to the beat of a different Little Drummer Boy, in shades of purple, offset by glowing turquoise. December’s gemstone symbol of good fortune and success is polished bright for your New Year.

Aging with ATT-i-tude Platitude
With age, you learn to respect life’s three-dimensional march: a learned nod to your past, a toast to your present, and a lottery ticket for your future!
~ LinDee Rochelle, your 39er hostess.

Three Cheers to 39ers as we enter 2018: Good Luck, Much Love, & and Hope for a Winning Lottery Ticket!
Great cheese and wine need aging, but for 39ersAge is a number … LIFE is ATT-i-tude!TM 

Happy UN-Birthday DECEMBER 39ers,
(This one’s for you, kids – 39AHC UN-Birthday 39ers: Linda, Ms. Patricia, Santa, Ken, and Kevin!)

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November 39ers Shine Inside & Out 
Music memories are often included here, as artists and songs of every era, shape our lives and attitudes. ♪ As we step into the final two months of the year, think about the multitude of music that permeates the Holiday Season … Sing! Dance! Enjoy!

39 Years Ago this Month ~ November 1978                
In 1978, Heavy Metal and Disco—about as far apart from each other as music can get—clashed loudly, ignoring the early stages of Punk Rock vying for attention. A few notables …
November 3rd: The heavy Disco soundtrack of Grease (released in June) was climbing its way to the top of the radio charts. Cue the mirror ball! “You’re the One that I Want … ooh, ooh, ooh …” ♪
November 10th: Iconic dance tune, “Le Freak” (Chic) captured the sing-a-long quality of Disco and entered KFRC/San Francisco’s 610 Hits chart at #31. In huge leaps and bounds, it soon took the #1 spot.
November 17th: On the somber side of things, Alice Cooper stressed out in the raucous Metal life. Sober but soulful, he released “From the Inside,” his eleventh album, dramatizing a struggle with alcohol.

For 39ers who Follow the Stars   

November 39ers may often find themselves in a daunting obligation to lead the way. From introspective, creatively planning Scorpios (Oct 23 – Nov 21) who provide the visions—to the energetic, lead-follow-or-move-out-of-the-way ambitious Sagittarians (Nov 22 – Dec 21), it’s a bet they’re already ensuring the New Year is on target.

With the power of three (+) Zodiac  enlightenment symbols to draw from: Scorpion, Eagle, and Phoenix—Scorpios are a natural at coordinating elements of life, though implementing may prove a tougher challenge. Sagittarians, however are focused as they take aim and hone in on the horizon. Charge!

Aging with ATT-i-tude Platitude
When it comes to staying young, a mind-lift beats a face-lift any day.
~ Marty Bucella, cartoonist and humorist, Saturday Evening Post and more.

Great cheese and wine need aging, but for 39ers
Age is a number … LIFE is ATT-i-tude!

Happy UN-Birthday NOVEMBER 39ers,
(This one’s for you, kids – 39AHC UN-Birthday 39ers: JV, Jackie, and Moi!)

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October 39ers Spice up the Party! 

Look no further than a fun-loving but seriously intelligent October 39er to spice up your birthday or Halloween party. You won’t be disappointed and you just might learn a thing or two.

Yes, with October, we’re nearing the end of another year. Don’t despair 39ers, or retreat into a funk. Remember, as we elders used to say, “Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries…

OK, I always hated that line, but I’ve learned what you can do with the pits in October! Rub ‘em with olive oil, throw them into a bowl covered with a black cloth—then tell your Halloween party guests to stick their hand into the bowl of witches’ eyeballs for great luck in the New Year! “Come here, my little pretty …”

39 Years Ago this Month ~ October 1978                   
October 14: Are you a microbrew beer fan? You owe your allegiance to former president, Jimmy Carter! It was this month in 1978 that with a flourish (and who knows, maybe even with a stein at his elbow), he signed into law (taking effect in 1979) the bill that allowed homebrewing of beer in the U.S. Bathtub beer has only gotten better in 39 years!

October 25: What better way to celebrate Halloween than with a movie that made a star of original “scream queen,” Jamie Lee Curtis? Yup, Halloween the movie (and long franchise), debuted this day 39 years ago … look for another one for 2018’s Halloween!

For 39ers who Follow the Stars   
October UN-birthday stars, Libra and Scorpio, seem on the surface, to be complete opposites … you would think Libra’s (09/23 – 10/22) gentle sense of balance and order would clash with Scorpio’s (10/23 – 11/21) intense and pulsing passion. Au contraire, mon cher. They thrive on each other’s qualities with nearly matching high intellects that spark some wild-n-crazy conversations!

Libra: Getting past the first two weeks of rough-and-tumble October may be tough; but ride it out to a productive end of the month that may have you changing your life focus by Halloween. Let the Holiday parties begin!
Scorpio: Scorps don’t get off scot-free in early October, either. It seems the Full Moon is forcing us all to let go of something. Don’t be afraid. Just do it. And take heart, by mid-October, with a clearer mind, you just might be able to take advantage of a rare smooth road to success.

Aging with ATT-i-tude Platitude
Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.
~ Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 – 1962) former first lady; politician, diplomat, and activist in her own right.

Great cheese and wine need aging, but for 39ersAge is a number … LIFE is ATT-i-tude!TM 
The Wordy Witch of the West

Happy UN-Birthday OCTOBER 39ers,
(This one’s for you, kids – 39AHC UN-Birthday 39ers: Ron, Darlene, Cheryl, Kim, Tammy & Terry!)

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39ers Soar Through September
Shhhhhh, don’t tell anyone … but it’s only three months until Christmas! Argh!
In September, we dutifully succumb to The Season. Kids of all ages return to school, starting it off with a flurry. From now through end of the year, there is a key activity or holiday that punctuates every month. It goes like this:
September – Major buying month, even if you aren’t of school age, because hey, the sales are great! And admit it—you’re already subconsciously “checking your list.”
October – Owwwwooooo! Don’t let the goblins get ya as we gear up for Halloween magic and madness.
November – Be thankful for everything you have, have had, or will have. Or, just be grateful you made it to another Thanksgiving and honor the memories of those you love, who didn’t.
December – Well, we’ve failed to make this once-reverently festive month “politically correct” so I say, do what makes you feel good. Whether you’re Christian, on which Christmas is based, or celebrate for other reasons, it should be a Season of charity toward all, as we plunge head-long into the New Year.
The Season begins mildly enough with September. Did I say mildly? Ha. I’ve already been accosted by three September 39ers loudly lamenting their advancing ages. 
First of all, none of them are as old as I am. So shut up. Secondly, what are we all about here? So, shut up AND remember, you’re only 39 AND HOLDING! Pat yourself on the back and raise a glass for making it to another year as you peruse the rest of the month’s fun for ya-all …
39 Years Ago this Month ~ September 1978               
Keeping you young, and thinking back to your youth … as all good things must end, The Carol Burnett Show (CBS 1967–1978) wound up its final (11th) year with a poignant, yet hilarious-as-always show.
Do you remember Carol Burnett? You’ll surely recall the family friendly show with regulars, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner, Tim Conway, Harvey Korman, and a continuous string of famous irregulars. Are you smiling yet?
If you have never seen her earlier shows … give yourself a birthday treat and check out a few YouTube offerings. They may be shows of yesteryear, but their topics are as relevant today as ever.
In her heyday, Carol (now a vivacious 84) was the queen of slapstick comedy, yet she always brought an element of humanity to her show, encouraging us to be better people. Want to see for yourself?
The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special will air Sunday, December 3, 2017, at 8 p.m. on CBS. “I’m so glad we had this time together …” and with a little tug of her left ear, “So long …”
For 39ers who Follow the Stars   
The Zodiac realm celebrates Virgo’s perfectionism and Libra’s gentle sense of balance, both formidable and lovable … fairly parallel to the Holidays, don’t you think?
Before we charge headfirst into turkey legs and mistletoe, this month is a great time to reflect on the past eight months … or the last eight years … or all the Septembers of your life … not only for our own 39ers, but consider it practice for everyone’s New Year’s resolutions. This is your last chance to give the present an overhaul, before it becomes the past, and portends your future.
Then … let’s PAR-tay!
Ever wonder why so many September 39ers love blue? With the sapphire as their gemstone, what could be more natural? Although ... "sapphires" do come in other colors. Feel special, September 39ers – make it a day, weekend, or whole month filled with balloons and Morning Glories.
Aging with ATT-i-tude Platitude
If someone tells you that you cannot do something and you believe it, they are right. [So true at any age ...]
            ~ Carol Burnett; famous funny-woman and entertainer extraordinaire.
Great cheese and wine need aging, but for 39ersAge is a number … LIFE is ATT-i-tude!TM 
Happy UN-Birthday SEPTEMBER 39ers,
(This one’s for you, kids – 39AHC UN-Birthday 39ers, Scott, Verne, Chad, Thomas, Jennifer, Karen & Barb!)
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August 39ers Celebrate Dog Days of Summer 
Argh! How did we get to August already? Well, as much as we love our summer splashes and BBQ blasts, let’s hope the Dog Days of Summer go quickly! Not without a party or two, of course. Happy UN-Birthday, 39ers!
Aligning with the rise of Sirius, the brightest star in Earth’s night sky and a prominent star in the Canis Major constellation—get it? “Canis” as in “dog”—August has earned its Dog Days of Summer status. Even the ancient Greeks recorded its “heat, drought, sudden thunderstorms, lethargy, fever, mad dogs, and bad luck.” Wow. That about sums it up!
Though interesting and great party-talk info, enough ancient history and astronomy. It’s time to feature the happenings of that timeless age, only
39 Years Ago this Month ~ August 1978                     
Amongst the spy novels that have always been popular, August 1978’s bestselling books also included two tomes that explored the human psyche in very different ways:
With feminism in full fever, Irving hit a nerve in his rather dark story of life events, as relevant today as they were fresh, exploratory, and antagonistic, then. The action in his first bestseller begins with a feminist nurse who yearns for a child but shuns marriage, and her extreme lengths to become pregnant. Enter son, T.S. Garp …
Irving is a masterful writer; and as in many writers, his prose often reveals bouts of inner disturbance, encircled by genius insight.
On a lighter note, for decades the illustrious Ms. Bombeck led many a lady to love her witty, astute life-tips. Beginning as a humor columnist, engaging us with the eccentricities of family absurdities, complete with dog, Bombeck’s books take life a little further into our psyches, and strikes a nerve of a different color than Irving …
Trading on the then-trending adage, “Life is just a bowl of cherries,” Bombeck’s book regales us with life-bombs to which we can still identify. “I’ve always worried a lot and frankly I’m good at it,” admits Bombeck. “… I worry about scientists discovering someday that lettuce has been fattening all along. But mostly, I worry about surviving. Keeping up with the times in a world that changes daily. Knowing what to keep and what to discard. What to accept and what to protest. Never, in the history of this country, have worriers had such a decade as the seventies.”
Ah … well … if only she could see us now! We still just worry about surviving. But YOU, August 39ers are celebrating another UN-birthday—proof of survival!
For 39ers who Follow the Stars   
Let’s get on with it and follow life-of-the-party Leos (07/23 – 08/22) as they turn impish Virgos (08/23 – 09/22) on to some cool party tricks during these hot, steamy days.
Wielding boisterous words with a Gladiolus stalk like the “sword lily” your birth month flower is, Leos command attention, taking your slice of summer life to the hilt.
Virgos, seeking something a little more sedate? Try a trip to Arizona for some Peridot hunting! As famous for its gem quality as Arizona is for its desert.
It’s easy to believe stories of the Peridot’s magical powers and healing properties, as the bright green birthstone mesmerizes with its multi-layered cool, green depths.
Aging with ATT-i-tude Platitude
As a graduate of the Zsa Zsa Gabor School of Creative Mathematics, I honestly do not know how old I am.
            ~ Erma Bombeck; 1927 – 1996, humor columnist/author.
Great cheese and wine need aging, but for 39ersAge is a number … LIFE is ATT-i-tude!TM 
Happy UN-Birthday AUGUST 39ers,
(Here’s lookin’ at you, kids – 39AHC UN-Birthday 39ers, Linda, Jim, Stephanie, and Tanya!)
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July 39ers Celebrate the Red-White-and-Blue! 
Isn’t it cool that everybody celebrates your birth month, July 39ers?! Well, ok, many are partying for Independence Day—and then we’ll party on ‘til Labor Day—but hey, your “liberated youth” is worth a toast too!
So CHEERS to your UN-birthday 39ers, as we go red-white-and-blue for the rest of the summer.
39 Years Ago this Month ~ July 1978             
Yep, the picture disc is in my collection.
21st Peter Frampton may have experienced second thoughts about starring in a Beatles-related music film without The Beatles; even though the venerable Bee Gees provided the soundtrack. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band debuted to vicious reviews and low box office sales. Nevertheless, it’s fondly remembered thirty-nine years later, along with the original Beatles album of the same name, celebrating its 50th year (1967).
25th – We celebrated the birth of our nation at the beginning of the month, and just a few weeks later, scientists celebrated the birth of Louise Brown, the world’s first test tube baby (IVF). Welcome, Louise, to the 39 and Holding Club!

What other summer hot stuff was goin’ on? Throughout July 1978 we spent our sunburned evenings enjoying the boob tube’s MASH, One Day At A Time, Little House on the Prairie, and Laverne and Shirley. Back in the day … as today … we watched shows with ATT-i-tude!
For 39ers who Follow the Stars   
July’s gemstone via the American Gem Society is celebrated as the royal Ruby, but … “In 1912, in an effort to standardize birthstones, the (American) National Association of Jewelers met in Kansas and officially adopted a list.” (Wiki)  
The Ruby, specified by modern calendar methods, is said to guarantee health, wisdom, wealth, and success in love. Ancient astrologers, however, proclaimed Cancer (June 21-July 22) should enjoy the qualities of the majestic emerald, while Leo (July 23-Aug 22), rules with the mysterious onyx.
Based on all the info, I’m for wearing, buying, enjoying, whatever floats your boat!
Aging with ATT-i-tude Platitude
To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent* ...  that is to triumph over old age.
~ Thomas Bailey Aldrich;1836 – 1907, author The Story of a Bad Boy. [*And sometimes mischievously irreverent 😉]
Great cheese and wine need aging, but for 39ersAge is a number … LIFE is ATT-i-tude!TM 
Happy UN-Birthday JULY 39ers,
(Here’s lookin’ at you, kids – 39AHC Birthday 39ers, Gary [RIP], John, Yvonne, Ed, Nancy [RIP], Marilyn, Pat, Joyce – Phew! Lots of July 39ers! Winters were fun 39 years ago. 😊)
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Smile June 39ers! Makes ‘em Wonder What You’re Up to … 

Every UN-birthday month is special at 39AHC, but this month is especially fun as we celebrate with a celebrated cool cat … the Cheshire Cat? Nah, it’s Garfield* and his sh*t-eatin’ grin …

39 Years Ago this Month ~ June 1978

6th:  Drive-in Movie Day. Um, Boomers will be the only ones who know why that’s a “day.” :-)

16th:  Grease debuted! Though the drive-in was in decline by the late ‘70s, it’s still possible you chose the passion pit to get cozy with your honey and enjoy John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John doing the same.

19th:  *Garfield’s goofy grin first gave us a belly laugh when he debuted this day in 1978. The same year, creator Jim Davis, took advantage of the novelty transistor radio craze with this adorable Garfield tunester.
For 39ers who Follow the Stars   
Whether you’re channeling your inner Gemini Twins (05/21 – 06/20) or kicking sand in your Cancer Crab mood (06/21 – 07/22), there is always a reason to party hearty.
Look to Gemini for clever party options. Quick thinkers and inquisitive, you can count on them for festive ways to connect with friends and family. While the latter part of June, finds the stalwart Cancer nurturing party-goer headaches as the Zodiac’s loyal and loving caregiver.
Aging with ATT-i-tude Platitude
Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.
            ~ C. S. Lewis,1898 – 1963; author, Chronicles of Narnia (at the age of 52+)
Great cheese and wine need aging, but for 39ersAge is a number … LIFE is ATT-i-tude!TM 
Happy UN-Birthday JUNE 39ers,
(Here’s lookin’ at you, kids – 39AHC Birthday 39ers, Sally, Christine & Melanie!)
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First of Many Merry Mays  
Are you a first-time 39er? Welcome to the club! Seriously … don’t fret … 39 and Holding is a badge of honor, not a lamentable milestone.
This is the moment you when you’ve accrued enough wisdom and knowledge to pursue your lifelong passion, or discover the passion that will enhance the rest of your life!
Or … are you 39 and Holding … again?! Yahoo! you’re enjoying freedom of the mind and the joy of ATT-i-tude.
39 Years Ago this Month ~ MAY 1978             
Rock & Roll movies made a big splash heading into summer, the year you first-time 39ers were born. Do the rest of you remember …
13th: even beating out The Beatles for a while, Barry Gibb’s prolific songwriting passion finally paid off. He climbed the music charts to become the only songwriter to grab Billboard’s top spot with four consecutive #1 singles. Barry eventually expanded that to six #1 tunes, and shares the record with Lennon and McCartney. He kinda had a push up the charts—it all started on a Saturday night in December 1977.
18th: more movie magic came in the release of The Buddy Holly Story, starring Gary Busey. It picked up the Academy Award (1979) for Best Music and several more; and solidified Gary as a bona fide major Hollywood player, in his nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Doesn’t it seem to you that the best movies include Rock & Roll??
31st: National Senior Health & Fitness Day – I know, I know, you newbies don’t want to be called “senior” yet. However, if you’ve been sedentary in the past couple of years, it’s time to get moving. Love this year’s theme: With Movement… There’s Improvement. And that’s especially true for you 39ers who have had ATT-i-tude 39 for a couple-ten-years-or-more. 
For 39ers who Follow the Stars   
Just like moms and May flowers, MAY 39ers are multi-faceted with complexity to match. Deliberate and down-to-earth Taurus (April 20-May 20) transforming into quick-witted and chatty Gemini (May 21-June 20) is a big leap. Even if your mom or other loved one is on the cusp and caught between, you gotta love ‘em anyway!
Aging with ATT-i-tude Platitude 
What’s the point of eating healthy and exercising? Who wants to live to be 89?
   Response: Someone who’s 88.
~ From BBC television series, Midsomer Murders, Season3, Episode 3: “Blue Herrings”
Great cheese and wine need aging, but for 39ersAge is a number … LIFE is ATT-i-tude!TM 
Happy UN-Birthday MAY 39ers,
(Here’s lookin’ at you, kids – 39AHC Birthday 39ers, Susie, Pauline, and Judith!)
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April ATT-i-tudes - Like a Diamond in the Sky 
12th – Walk on Your Wild Side Day: It’s been declared by somebody … no one seems to know who, but I’m all for it! What can you do this day … month … year … that is just a tad out of your comfort zone? Need a nudge? Try an offbeat daily excursion in your town or city. Here’s a list for Los Angeles … Wheeeeeeee!
24th - International Sauvignon Blanc Day: Join The Wine Club Group in celebrating a celebrated grape! Don’t know much about it? All you need to know … and then some. Yum … I’ll drink to that! And if you couple it with your new Wild Side … check out how much fun grape stomping can be. :-) (Yep, you Boomers know where the link goes … LU-CY!)
39 Years Ago this Month ~ APRIL 1978  
Quirky Annie Hall won best picture at the 50th Academy Awards. The 1977 movie starred Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, in a poignant romance that captured the era and endeared itself in the realm of classic movies.
While Annie stole our hearts, April 22nd captured our funny bones. The Blues Brothers rocked onto the Saturday Night Live stage for their first appearance on the iconic show (back when it truly Rocked!).
For 39ers who Follow the Stars 
As Aries (March 21st – April 19th) turns its spirited back on us in mid-month, reality-based Taurus (April 20th – May 20th) picks up the slack to guide us into the rites of spring.
Have you ever noticed that both Sun Signs feature horns? Hmmmm … says a lot about free-thinking Aries, and stubborn … I mean, practical and dedicated … Taurus.
Shopping for birthday gifts? Red permeates the Aries psyche, whether they know it or not; and of course, Earth green … for Earth Day on the 22nd … falls into Taurus’s earthy spectrum. But it’s the clarity of the lustrous diamond that will capture the attention of both, as April’s gemstone.
Aging with ATT-i-tude Platitude
Age is something that doesn’t matter, unless you are a cheese.
            ~ Luis Buñuel Portolés; Spanish filmmaker, 1900-1983.
Cheese and wine can age, but for 39ersAge is a number … LIFE is ATT-i-tude!TM 
Happy UN-Birthday APRIL 39ers,
(Here’s lookin’ at you, kids – 39AHC Birthday 39ers, Uncle Elvin! Whoohoo – 95 years young!)
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Dancing the March Jig! 
If Irish dancing doesn’t get you up on your feet, nothing will. It’s hard to resist at least tapping your toes to the bouncy Celtic tunes.
This adorable two-year-old girl proves Irish music is irresistible! Being a former dancer, I watched this clip four times. Little Georgia is just too cute, joining an Irish dancer on the streets of Galway.
March Moods:  
11th – Genealogy Day: Even if you’re not Irish and care less about family history, are you at all curious about your name? A good place to start ... 
22nd As Young as You Feel Day: And finally we come to a “holiday” near and dear to 39ers. As Young as You Feel Day should be heartily celebrated!
We’ve adopted it—and the delightful vintage movie with the same name, as our official day and entertainment activity, to enjoy the age we feel in our hearts …
Take a minute and enjoy some history trivia to learn what VERY famous actress was catapulted to stardom with this movie!
Now that I have your attention, March 39ers, let’s get on with your birthday!
39 Years Ago this Month ~ March 1978                      
The California Jam II was in full swing March 18th at the Ontario Motor Speedway in SoCal. More than 350,000 screamin’ fans celebrated Rock & Roll and the month of March with Aerosmith, Foreigner, Ted Nugent, and oh, so many more. Were you there? Rock On!
For 39ers who Follow the Stars   
Pensive Pisces (Feb 19-Mar 20) and airy Aries 39ers (21st thru April 19th) are proud to march through the month to their own drumbeat.
Pisces m’dears, try not to take on everyone else’s pain while you empathize with the world’s woes. Lighten up—it’s your month to party!
Audacious and valiant Aries—you’re always ready to grab the bull by the horns. You can’t be faulted for that, ‘cause it nearly always leads to success. Party On!
Aging with ATT-i-tude Platitude
We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
~ George Bernard Shaw; Irish literary Critic, Playwright and Essayist. 1925 Nobel Prize for Literature, 1856-1950. [Quotes.]
One thing we Irish know, is how to play! Play like there’s no tomorrow ... because Age is a number … LIFE is ATT-i-tude!TM  
Happy UN-Birthday MARCH 39ers,
(Here’s lookin’ at you, kids – 39AHC Birthday 39ers, Steven, Pat [IM] Susan, and Jim!)
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I’m Late! For a Very Important Date …  in February
It’s true—I’ve been neglecting 39 and Holding Club a bit. Not out of true negligence, but from overwork, as I finish a book for its Big Bro site, Blast from Your Past.
Writing a book is a monumental project that fairly consumes the author, to the point of hibernation. Which brings me to February’s Birthday 39ers!
Deep into our winter hibernation, far away from summer fun and frolic, we must stir and pop open an eye to party with our fave Aquarians and Pisceans. Before we go forward, let’s explore past happenings …
39 Years Ago this Month ~ February 1978                  
Though the Psychedelic Era of love and enlightenment began to follow the tide out to sea in 1978, China jumped on the loving bandwagon this month 39 years ago, as it finally admitted to its people’s love for classic literature. February 11th marks the anniversary of the release of China’s ban on works by Aristotle, Shakespeare, and the beloved British novelist, Charles Dickens. Sheesh. About time. And, February 7th marks ol’ Charlie’s birthday! So he was an Aquarian too …
For 39ers who Follow the Stars 
If you’re a February 39er, the color gods paint you in a kaleidoscope of hues—early Feb Aquarian Water-bearers (Jan 20-Feb 18), can dip into the pool of your moods, with turquoise green, bright blue, or purple.
Walking through the sands of time with Pisces Fish (Feb 19-Mar 20), all shades of green keep you cool. (Not a red heart in sight.)
And though there are other noble reasons to commemorate February along with CupidWorld Radio Day (13th), Presidents’ Day (20th), and Marijuana Awareness Month—for the 39 and Holding Club, February 14th is also “Grandpa” Jack Benny Day! Why do we care? Why … he’s the reason we’re here.
Aging with ATT-i-tude Platitude
One for the heartIs it not strange that desire should so many years outlive performance.
~ Shakespeare, 2 Henry IV 3.4.283
Ah, m’dear February 39ers, BUT … Love does not require performance, it only needs a look, a touch, and a kiss. (Yours truly.)
Happy UN-Birthday FEBRUARY 39ers,
(Here’s lookin’ at you, kids – 39AHC Birthday 39ers, Sharon, & Ms. Rochelle--NEW!)

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Happy New Year 39ers!   

It’s the end of the first week of January—so much for one resolution I made—to be more timely with my posts …
Forgive me, as we revise our goals for the year, after the champagne has worn off and we come face-to-face with reality. How about if I pledge to post before the 10th of the month? 😉
More than any other time of the year, January holds the unique distinction of personal power to seriously change our lives. In this month, we’re conditioned to review the past and consider the future—and dive into the New Year accordingly.
When it comes down to it, it’s all about ATT-i-tude! What you do from this day forward is a result of your ATT-i-tude about what went before and what awaits you. Love it—live it.
39 Years Ago this Month ~ January 1978 
We’re still movin’ an’ groovin’ to December’s leftover Holiday mojo. In fact, as Saturday Night Fever gains cult status, we keep its soundtrack at the top of the radio music charts ‘til sum—sum—summertime! 
Notable notes 39 Years Ago this Month: The Great Blizzard of 1978 pounded the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes regions. Let’s not have a repeat. 
And, while “Stayin’ Alive” had staying power at #3 on San Diego’s B-100 radio survey at month’s end, it was a two-fer that showed ATT-i-tude at the top of the chart—Queen’s “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions”! Great way to start the year—let’s do it again!
For 39ers who Follow the Stars
It’s good that earthy Capricorns take us into the New Year ( Dec 22-Jan 19; like 39AHC birthday gal, Erin, right). Their stable, determined ways help us focus after we’ve picked up the party plates.
Have a Capricorn friend? Good person to discuss your future with—they’ll support you, while playing Devil’s Advocate to help you avoid the coming year’s pitfalls.
When we slide into the mid-month post-Holiday doldrums, luckily, airy Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 18) is there to brighten up the horizon. Intellectually stimulating, with a flair for fun, Aquarius will add sunshine to your dark, stormy winter days. But don’t match up Aquarians with Capricorns—they clash in the cosmos!
Aging with ATT-i-tude Platitude 
The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter ~ Mark Twain. So true, Mr. Twain (Samuel Clemens, 1835-1910). And nothing so aging as a frown.
Turn that frown upside down, and let’s get on with the year!
Happy UN-Birthday JANUARY 39ers,
(Here’s lookin’ at you, kids – 39AHC Birthday 39ers, Erin, Chris, Jodie and Joe!)
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