Today my Dad turns 75 - born in 1934 in Lennox, South Dakota. (Here he is playing a Confederate soldier at the Jefferson Davis home, Beauvoir, in Biloxi, Mississippi.) I spoke to him this morning and he is feeling great and sounding cheery. All the medical drama of last week seems like a blur to him though he admits to being "feeble-minded" lately. He feels that all he really needed was a good nasal rinse.
Also, a shout out to the memory and spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr on his birthday too - he would have been 80 years old. I wish he could be here today and especially, next Tuesday, to see Barack Obama sworn in.
MLK was our own American Ghandhi - a brave soul and a national treasure. Dad's always been honored to share his birthday with such a man. (I guess I have to be content with Giovanni Ribisi ... hmph.)
In honor of these two great men - both fathers - please enjoy this video of Guy Clark and his paternal tribute, "Randall Knife." (Thanks, Fang!)