On The Day I Was Born…

Here’s a good time waster for those of you over the age of 40. The mission, if you choose to accept it: find something on YouTube that you can prove to be from the exact date you were born.

The video above is from the 1971 MDA Labor Day Telethon from New York, hosted by Jerry Lewis. It began the previous night, September 5th, and went well into September 6th, going the scheduled 20 hours. At one point while speaking with the late soprano Maria Callas, Jerry mentions there are about 15 minutes left in the event so this would be late in the afternoon on the U.S. East Coast.

There’s something else weird about finding footage from my birth date. During the 70’s telethons, Mr. Lewis would always make a special note about when the tote board had a “13” in the last two digits on the end. (For instance, the final tally in pledges when the 1976 telethon completed was $21,723,813.)

I was born on September 6th, 1971 – at 8:13 in the morning, while the telethon was on TV in the Tampa Bay area.

If you dialed my home back then and for a couple of decades afterward, you would need the 813 area code.

Weird, isn’t it?

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