Saturday, February 12, 2011

February Birthdays are Back to Back!

Abraham Lincoln ~ February 12, 1809-April 15, 1865

Abraham Lincoln, born in Kentucky, was the 16th President of the United States of America.  He was one of our key founding fathers, and is highly recognized and celebrated, still, to this day.  President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, and promoted the passage of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution abolishing slavery.  While attending a performance at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.
He was the first President to be assassinated.


Arsenio Hall was born February 12, 1955
Joanna Kerns was born February 12, 1953

Robert E. Jones ~ February 13, 1929
Photo taken in Weatherford, TX on Thanksgiving Day 1992 

Bob Jones is the Bob I mention from time to time in connection with my mother.  He is my mother's husband of 36 years, which makes me about 25 years old when they married in October of 1974.  Stepfather is not a good enough name for Bob, since, he didn't have to put up with me as a kid.  So, I usually refer to him as a "parent", as he has always been there for my sister, brother and me.  I did make it for their wedding, and I must say, it was a very gala event!  The reception was at a large ballroom-lots of good music and dancing, of course!   Bob and mom met at a dance at the Flamingo Ballroom in Kansas City, Missouri, and are still dancing today (although a little slower, now, perhaps)!  Previously he had been a dance instructor, and mom had been a student of Arthur Murray's Dance Studio.  They danced their way to the altar!

Bob was born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas-even graduated from the same high school I did-Argentine High School.  His father worked as an engineer for Santa Fe Railroad and Bob went to work there at a young age.  In 1948, Bob joined the Marines, serving in Korea and traveling to various other places.  After the Marines, he went back to Santa Fe Railroad in Kansas City as an engineer and was employed for 41 years.  That's a long time!  My son, Rusty, and I were visiting when he retired in the late 1980's, so we got to be a part of the celebration with my family.  Bob enjoys going for walks, photography, reading and cooking.  And he helps mom with her clubs and "Meals on Wheels'.  This guy can deliver the best southern style brunch you've ever rolled out of the sack for (eggs, tender red potatoes, ham, gravy, grits)!  I'm beginning to sound like Mark Twain heh,heh!  And he won't let us help him wash dishes.  So, I want to thank Bob for being a part of our family and wish this great man the best.


 When Bob retired, we took him to a cool restaurant with great music and a great Bellydancer!
Here's Bob and the dancer-he was a little bit shy, I think!
Bob, I hope you don't mind me posting this picture-it was a fun evening!

Mom and Bob dancing at the Alameda Hotel in Kansas City
May 1978

Other famous Birthdays for February 13th include:
Tennessee Ernie Ford * February 13, 1919
Kim Novak * February 13, 1933
George Segal * February 13, 1934

Time is running out, must go for now-will add a few more February Birthdays one day next week!  Thank you, my dear readers for strolling by.  It is reportedly 65 degrees in Forth Worth, TX today.

"There was a star danced, and under that, was I born."
~William Shakespeare

Don't forget to kiss your Valentine!


  1. again! ha! i stopped by to make another comment on the FUZZY WARM greetings post...and was a little surprised to see ole Abe staring at me! ha!
    my youngest son, Travis, has his TWENTY SIXTH Birthday this Valentine's day!
    wow! the years sure fly by!
    ok...time to get to previous post! :]laura

  2. Happy Birthday/Valentine's Day to your son, Laura. Now, there's the LOVE. I would say Valentine's Day is pretty special in your family. There are so many birthdays right around the Presidents' celebrations. Thought I'd reflect on a few. And I like your lackadaisicalness (sp? I've already forgotten how to spell it). I would have HAD to look it up! Now, I'm back in second place. HA!


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