The end of March provides a plethora of notable birthdays, but so many of them resonate with me that I’m devoting the next week to celebrating the luminaries who provided my personal cultural context. No doubt your choices would be very different (and don’t hesitate to post your own list), but these are some of the highlights of my formative years – beginning with the redoubtable Carl Reiner, who turned 91 on Wednesday:
I wouldn’t be at all surprised to find that for many readers another March 20 birthday – that of Fred Rogers – is way more significant, but for my generation, cutting edge humor began with the gang of Five: Reiner, Sid Caesar, Howie Morris, Imogen Coca and Mel Brooks.
And the Space Age? Forget astronauts – our great explorer was William Shatner, who celebrates his 81st today: