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On The Day I Was Born: March 28, 1969

I've lived in Flagstaff, AZ, since 2003, where I'm an active member of the Coconino County Sheriff's Search & Rescue team and an avid hiker.

Learning to crawl before the year was through

Learning to crawl before the year was through

And Then There Was Me

At 6:05 on the morning of Friday, March 28th, 1969, I made my very first appearance on the world stage. I was pink and wrinkly and probably not looking my best, but I wasn't all that concerned with my image at the time. Rather, I was a bit overwhelmed by all the bright lights and large, strange faces grinning at me every waking moment. And probably while I was asleep.

I came into this world the daughter of Edwin and Shirley Coles, in a hospital in Rhode Island and, a day later, went home to the town of North Kingstown near the coast of Narragansett Bay. My parents were in their 40s at the time, and my oldest brother, Mark, 19, was already living in his own apartment. Bruce, 16 years my senior, wasn't long for our house himself, as he'd soon take up residence in a college dormitory.

In fact, I really have no idea what my big brothers were doing the day I was born. Bruce was probably in school and Mark may have been at the Mobil service station where he worked. And come to think of it, other than my parents, who were certainly occupied by my presence three weeks earlier than expected, I don't know what anyone else was up to, either. So I thought I'd do a little research to find out and share that with you here.

Do you know what the world was up to when YOU were born? Let us know in the guestbook at the bottom of this page.

Me, sometime in 1969

Me, sometime in 1969

Highlights From The Year I Was Born

A few other things happened in 1969.

There was a lot going on in the world the year I was born, so I've heard. My father became our town's first Recreation Director, and I learned to crawl.

On a side note, Richard Nixon was inaugurated as the 37th President of the United States, and Golda Meir became the first female prime minister of Israel.

The Boeing 747 made its maiden flight not long before the first Concorde test flight was conducted in Toulouse, France.

A week after I was born, Dr. Denton Cooley implanted the first temporary artificial heart, and, five months later, the first automatic teller machine in the United States was installed in Rockville Centre, New York.

1969 was the year WalMart incorporated and the first Gap store opened in San Francisco.

The Vietnam war was still going strong, while the Stonewall riots in New York City marked the start of the modern gay rights movement in the U.S.

Cult members led by Charles Manson murdered Sharon Tate and many others, and Monty Python's Flying Circus made its debut in the U.K. on October 5th.

And the first message was sent over ARPANET, the forerunner of the internet.

Needless to say, 1969 was hardly a dull year.

Also in 1969...

From August 15th through the 18th on a farm in upstate New York, half a million guests showed up for the largest rock concert ever conceived. The crowd included anti-war protesters and Vietnam veterans, gays and lesbians and anti-gays, rednecks and black militants. There were two births and two deaths, and flower children and anti-government advocates were also amongst the attendees. And there were certainly many people there simply to enjoy some great music. Sounds like it was quite the crowd!

1969 Woodstock poster

1969 Woodstock poster

On July 16, 1969....

Apollo 11, with Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins on board, lifted off toward the Moon. They arrived four days later, setting down in the lunar module Eagle.

Meanwhile, the world was glued to television sets, watching as Neil Armstrong took those first historic steps on the lunar surface.

On July 24th, the astronauts returned to Earth, where they were placed in biological isolation for several days to prevent the potential spread of "lunar germs." Scientists eventually concluded that the airless environment on the Moon was devoid of even microscopic life.

"It is difficult to say what is impossible...
...for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow." ~Robert H. Goddard

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To my eventual appreciation....

On November 10th, 1969, Sesame Street premiered on the National Educational Television (NET) network. For years, I watched 8-foot, 2-inch tall Big Bird and the rest of the gang educate and entertain. Kermit the Frog and the Cookie Monster were my favorite characters.

Public domain image

Public domain image

On January 30, 1969....

The Beatles gave their last public performance, on the roof of Apple Records. The unannounced concert was broken up by the police. Nearly nine months later, on September 26th, their critically acclaimed Abbey Road album was released. That was the same day The Brady Bunch got a series premiere only on ABC.


Beatles - Warhol

Beatles - Warhol

American Culture And Society In 1969

Wow, I really missed a lot while I was busy eating pureed peas and having my diapers changed.

It was certainly a pivotal year for me as well, as I grew some new hair and teeth and got to know who belonged to those funny, grinning faces around the house on Kingswood Road. Little did I know what was going on and how much was changing in the rest of the world too. Like...

  • Woodstock and the ill-fated Altamont Free Concert
  • the New York Jets' historic Super Bowl victory and Miracle Mets' championship season
  • the Apollo 11 moon landing
  • Richard Nixon's inauguration
  • the birth of punk music and the first Led Zeppelin tour
  • the publication of The Godfather
  • the Santa Barbara Oil Slick and the Cuyahoga River fire
  • the Battle of Hamburger Hill
  • the People's Park and Stonewall Inn riots
  • the Chappaquiddick incident
  • the Manson Family and Zodiac Killer murders
  • the peace movement and Days of Rage
  • the Occupation of Alcatraz and the murder of Fred Hampton.

...to name just a handful.

The Top Songs Of 1969

With a father who, for 20 years from 1949 to early '69, had been a radio rock-n-roll disc jockey, I really did grow up with music. There were 45s galore around the house, and early on, I learned how to put the disc on the turntable and carefully place the needle on the record to produce the most wonderful sounds. Don't laugh, but I especially loved Bobby Vinton when I was a kid. "Roll out the barrel. We'll have a barrel of fun." C'mon y'all, sing along! No? Well, okay.

These are the Billboard Magazine Hot 100 number one hits of 1969:

  • I Heard It Through The Grapevine by Marvin Gaye (4 weeks)
  • Crimson And Clover by Tommy James and The Shondells (2 weeks)
  • Everyday People by Sly and The Family Stone (4 weeks)
  • Dizzy by Tommy Roe (4 weeks, including the day I was born)
  • Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine In by The Fifth Dimension (6 weeks)
  • Get Back by The Beatles with Billy Preston (5 weeks)
  • Love Theme from Romeo & Juliette by Henry Mancini (2 weeks)
  • In The Year 2525 by Zager and Evans (6 weeks)
  • Honky Tonk Woman by The Rolling Stones (4 weeks)
  • Sugar, Sugar by The Archies (4 weeks)
  • I Can't Get Next To You by The Temptations (2 weeks)
  • Suspicious Minds by Elvis Presley (1 week)
  • Wedding Bell Blues by The Fifth Dimension (3 weeks)
  • Come Together by the Beatles (1 week)
  • Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye by Steam (2 weeks)
  • Leaving On A Jet Plane by Peter, Paul & Mary (1 week)
  • Someday We'll Be Together by Dianna Ross & The Supremes (last week of 1969)

Source: Wikipedia.com

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Five of the above songs also made it onto this album of Billboard's top Rock-n-Roll songs of the year, which includes:

1. Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In - The 5th Dimension
2. Dizzy - Tommy Roe
3. Sugar, Sugar - The Archies
4. Crimson and Clover - Tommy James & the Shondells
5. Crystal Blue Persuasion - Tommy James & the Shondells
6. Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye) - Steam
7. Take a Letter, Maria - R.B. Greaves
8. Build Me Up Buttercup - The Foundations
9. Time of the Season - The Zombies
10. Good Morning Starshine - Oliver

And The Best Picture Oscar Of 1969 Went To....

Midnight Cowboy!

Based on the 1965 novel of the same name by James Leo Herlihy, Midnight Cowboy is a gut-wrenching film starring Dustin Hoffman and John Voight. The movie, originally classified Rated X but later changed to an R rating, won three Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Both Hoffman and Voight were nominated for Best Actor, and Sylvia Miles was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in what is the shortest nominated performance ever, with less than four minutes of screen-time.

This is a film about a naïve male prostitute and his sickly friend who struggle to survive on the streets of New York City. Living on the fringe of society, these two outcasts "develop an unlikely bond that transcends their broken dreams and get-rich-quick schemes." (Amazon.com)

The 1969 Chevy Corvette

The first Corvette came off the assembly line on June 30, 1953. All Corvettes made that year were Polo White with a red interior and black canvas top. In 1969, there were ten options for exterior colors, including Tuxedo Black, Daytona Yellow, and Monza Red, and six interior colors.

1969 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

1969 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

In 1969, there were improvements and refinements from the previous year rather than any major changes to the Corvette. Needless to say, my family never had one of these. No, I believe my folks were driving a big boat of a Buick sedan during the year I was born.

On the DAY I Was Born

The 28th day of the third month

So, obviously, a lot happened in 1969. But what about on the 28th of March that year? I wondered if anything happened at all, besides my birth of course. Was it a day off perhaps, in my honor? I thought I'd do some digging and try to find out.

And, lo and behold, I learned that, on the day I was born, others were born as well! Who knew? So I did some checking, thinking that, of course, some of us would have made our way into the spotlight by now, a little more than 40 years later.

Now, while I found that Queen Ingrid of Denmark, Saint Teresa of Avila, Reba McEntire and Lady Gaga were also born on March 28th, they appeared on this world stage in different years than I did.

But I did come across a few rather famous people that were busy being born on the very same day and year. And here they are:

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Also Born On 3-28-69: Popular Puerto Rican merengue singer, Gisselle Ortiz Caceres

Born in Puerto Rico but raised in New York, Gisselle Ortiz Caceres began to dance and perform on television at the age of 15. She was the vocalist for a group called Kaviar, then a member of the Puerto Rican music group Punto G, before going solo in the early '90s. Known for her fiery stage performances and going by just her first name, Gisselle has become a major singing sensation throughout Latin America and is expanding into the U.S. music market. In addition to her television work, Gisselle starred in the film Weekend War, which was filmed in her native Puerto Rico.

n 1995, Gisselle released her self-titled debut album, which went platinum with two successful singles, Perfume De Mujer En Tu Camisa (Woman's Perfume on Your Shirt) and Pesadilla (Nightmare). Her career took off, and she released several more albums during the next few years, including Voy a Enamorarte (I'm Going to Love You) in 2000, which was nominated at the 2001 Grammy Awards for Best Merengue Album. Later that year, her hit single from the album Jurame (Swear To me) won a Latin Grammy Award for Best Tropical Song.

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Also Born On 3-28-69: Country Singer & Musician, Rodney Atkins

Though country music star Rodney Atkins and I were born on the same day, life began much differently for the two of us. Rodney was a frail, sickly infant at the Holston Methodist Home for Children in Greenville, Tennessee. Twice he was adopted and twice he was returned, being too much of a burden to care for.

Then Allan and Margaret Atkins took him home, and Rodney became sicker than ever before. Thankfully, though, the Atkins never for a moment considered taking him back to the orphanage. With their love and attention, Rodney Adkins grew into a strong and healthy young man, who began singing in church as a boy and then learned to play guitar and write songs in high school.

Atkins earned the 2006 Academy of Country Music’s Top New Male Vocalist award, plus five other ACM nominations and two Country Music Association nominations.

You can read his full biography on the official Rodney Atkins website, RodneyAtkins.com

Also Born On 3-28-69: American film and music video director, Brett Ratner

Best known as the director of The Family Man, After the Sunset, Red Dragon, the Rush Hour series, and X-Men: The Last Stand, Brett Ratner is also a producer on the Fox drama, Prison Break. Brett was born in Miami Beach, Florida, the child of the son of a wealthy Miami businessman and daughter of Eastern European Jews who lived in Cuba before moving to Florida in the 1960s. He attended high school in Israel, where I visited for a summer while he was there. Brett Ratner later graduated from New York University in 1990 at the same time I graduated from the University of New Hampshire.

Ratner directed several music videos before enjoying commercial success with the action-comedy Rush Hour (1998), starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. Both actors reunited with Ratner for two sequels, Rush Hour 2 (2001) and Rush Hour 3 (2007).

Wikimedia Commons / CC

Wikimedia Commons / CC

And Some Died On March 28, 1969

Including former President, General Dwight D. Eisenhower

Little did I know at the time, but on the day I arrived, Dwight D. Eisenhower, former Army General and the two-term, 34th President of the United States from 1953-1961, passed away at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington D.C. from congestive heart failure.

On my first full day of life, Eisenhower's body was moved to the Washington National Cathedral's Bethlehem Chapel where he lay in repose for twenty-eight hours. During that same time, I went home from the hospital.

And on a related note....

There was a brown, naugahyde chair in the house where I grew up, and that chair had a connection to President Eisenhower. There was a furniture store in North Carolina, were my parents lived before relocating to Rhode Island, where I was born. The owner of that store was my older brother's godfather, and in that store was a chair that Eisenhower's wife, Maime, saw and liked. So she ordered two for the White House. The store owner told this to my father, who then bought the floor model, which took its place in our living room for the next forty some-odd years.

General Dwight D. Eisenhower with 101 Airbourne

General Dwight D. Eisenhower with 101 Airbourne

Also Died on 3-28-69 - Rabbi Aryeh Levin

Rabbie Aryeh Levin, also known as Reb Aryeh, was an Orthodox rabbi who was dubbed the "Father of Prisoners" for his visits to members of the Jewish underground held in the central prison of Jerusalem in the Russian Compound during the British Mandate. He was also known as the "Tzadik (or saint) of Jerusalem" for his work on behalf of the poor and the sick. He would often visit patients who had no family, sitting for hours near their beds. He also was a frequent visitor at hospitals for lepers, including a hospital in Bethlehem where most of the patients were Arabs.

Rabbie Aryeh Levin (public domain image)

Rabbie Aryeh Levin (public domain image)

Life Magazine On 3-28-69

Well, maybe my picture was on Time magazine instead.

But, on the day I was born, the featured story on page 82 of LIFE magazine was "The Vanishing Orangutan" by David Agee Horr, about how extinction was threatening "our red-haired kin of the rainforest." (And still does.)

Also in that issue was a review of the movie Alice's Restaurant, based on an Arlo Guthrie song, photographs from the Apollo 9 album, taken by the astronauts on their historic flight, and an editorial entitled, "Bringing Home 50,000 Troops Is Still A Good Idea."

Vanishing Wildlife: The Threatened Orangutan, March 28, 1969

Vanishing Wildlife: The Threatened Orangutan, March 28, 1969

Time Magazine On 3-28-69

Nope, I wasn't on the cover of Time, either. Nguyen van Thieu, President of South Vietnam, had the honor. You can read the cover story, "The Strategy And Tactics Of Peace In Vietnam" and the rest of that issue in the archives at Time.com.

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The Grateful Dead on March 28, 1969

Jerry Garcia and the gang

On the day I was born, the Grateful Dead band was on the other side of the country, in Modesto, California, where they played at the Student Center at Modesto Jr. College. You can listen to an audio archive of this show at Archive.org.

Following the first set, which included songs like the 11-minute, 42-second Good Morning, Little Schoolgirl, Dark Star, which lasted nearly 23 minutes, and the 10-minute Death Don't Have No Mercy, Jerry Garcia told the crowd, "We're gonna knock off for a little while and drink some Coke and stuff like that and then we'll be back and play some more, shortly." Apparently, though, the break didn't really happen. While tuning, Jerry said, "We're gonna play instead of taking a break," which I'm guessing the crowd must have been very happy about. (Source: Deadlists)

On a related note....

I went to only one Grateful Dead show, on July 4, 1987 at Foxborough's Sullivan Stadium where they played with Bob Dylan, and I think I was the only one of the 61,000 in attendance not wearing a tie-dyed shirt. When I once mentioned the show to my husband and said, "Eh, it was okay," he looked at me wide-eyed and said, "Okay! What are you nuts? It must have been awesome!"

I actually ran into lead singer, Jerry Garcia, a few years later (give or take) when he and the band were in Albany, New York for a concert. I was visiting my older brother and was in a downtown museum, waiting for him to meet me on his lunch hour break, when Jerry sat down next to me on a bench. I think the lady he was with had gone to the restroom, so Jerry took a load off, said hello to me, and then we both pondered the diorama in front of us. I remember glancing at the bearded stranger, only to do a quick double-take then looked down to see that, sure enough, he was missing the tell-tale finger. It was Jerry Garcia all right.

The #1 Song On The Day I Was Born Was....Dizzy?

Born in Atlanta, Georgia (but not in 1969), singer/songwriter Tommy Roe is an international artist who wrote, co-wrote, and recorded six top ten hits between 1962 and 1969, from four gold records. Two of his hits, Sheila and Dizzy topped the Billboard chart. On the day I was born, Dizzy was #1. Hm, I wonder if there's a deeper meaning there.

n 1986, Tommy Roe was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Though his style may have been called bubblegum, many listeners nowadays still consider it great pop music. This album includes Dizzy and seventeen other popular songs, as well as an 8-page insert of background notes and photos.

A Memorandum From Nixon On 3-28-69

On the day I was born, President Richard M. Nixon sent a memorandum to the heads of departments and agencies on the subject of Equal Employment Opportunity.

The memorandum began:

The concept of nondiscrimination is inherent in the Civil Service Act of 1883, which calls for a Federal service based on merit and fitness alone. "Nondiscrimination" was broadened by President Eisenhower to "equal employment opportunity" with his issuance of Executive Order 10590 in 1955. In the years that followed, other Executive Orders designed to insure equal opportunity in the employment, development, advancement and treatment of employees of the Federal Government have been issued. This series of Presidential directives reflects continuing support for this program at the highest levels of Government.

Read more at Presidency.ucsb.edu.

Richard Nixon

Richard Nixon

Also On Friday, 3-28-69

  • Greek poet and Nobel Prize laureate Giorgos Seferis made a famous statement--"This anomaly must end"--on the BBC World Service opposing the junta in Greece. Read more on Answers.com


  • In western Turkey, a 6.4 earthquake occurred in the Alasehir region.


  • The McGill français movement protest occurred, the second largest protest in Montreal's history with 10,000 trade unionists, leftist activists, CEGEP students, and some McGill students at McGill's Roddick Gates. This led to the majority of the protesters getting arrested. Find out more on Wikipedia.com.


  • Olympic fencer, Karl Ola Kajbjer, was born in Burlöv, SkÃ¥ne, Sweden.


  • Beatle John Lennon read about Dick James selling out his sizeable block of Northern Songs stock shares to Associated Television Ltd. and summoned Allen Klein, who he'd retained to oversee his financial matters, from NY to London to organize a counter offer. More information at Blog.BeatleTracksBand.com.


  • Jazz musician Paul Desmond was interviewed by Felix Grant on WMAL radio in Washington, D.C. about his career.


  • The Chicago Cubs baseball team purchased Charley Smith from the San Francisco Giants.


  • Pope Paul VI named JGM Willebrands cardinal.

1969, The Movie

In this film, which was actually made in 1988, Robert Downey, Jr. and Kiefer Sutherland play two small-town, high school graduates who go off to college to sow their wild oats and stay a step ahead of the draft board. But when Ralph is expelled from school, he suddenly becomes a candidate for serving in his country's armed forces. Then, when these two lifelong friends take drastic and illegal measures to ensure Ralph's freedom, they trigger a chain of events that will forever change their relationship and their lives.

Oh, I almost forgot!

A new exercise craze began in 1969

One of my favorite forms of exercise, Jazzercise, was founded the year I was born, too. And I actually joined our local studio here in Flagstaff, Arizona, on my birthday, three years ago. I wrote about this dance-fitness program here:

Jazzercise began in 1969

Jazzercise began in 1969

  • Jazzercise: More Than a Great Workout
    All about this fun fitness program that began in 1969 and is still going strong today--always changing and updating with the times and the music but still as great a workout and good time as always

Look Who Else Was Born On March 28th

Just 55 years before I was

Ever heard about the mystery of Everett Ruess? It's something of a legend here in the southwest, but that mystery has now been solved. And when I heard the news and read some articles, I came to find out he was born the same day I was (but in 1914).


Everett Ruess, born on March 28th

Everett Ruess, born on March 28th

© 2009 Deb Kingsbury

So, What Were YOU Doing On My Birthday - March 28, 1969? Don't remember the exact day? Well, what about that year?

TerriCarr on August 05, 2014:

I was 3 years and 9 months old. I think I did a puzzle and ran around a bit.

julieannbrady on March 13, 2012:

Hmmm ... email me and I'll tell ya! ;) So, Happy Birthday to You ... what will YOU be doing on your birthday?

anonymous on January 06, 2012:

Fun, thanks for putting this all together for me! ;)

anonymous on January 05, 2012:

About 12:02 that morning I was being pushed from my mothers womb. I don't remember much of what was going on, but by the looks of it, it was good year to be born. Thanks for all the info.

marsha32 on December 09, 2011:

Sure was a lot going on that year!

Michelle1959 on May 30, 2011:

Very interesting and obviously so much research! It's a great read based on something I wouldn't even think about. I was definitely into my 10th year on this date - more than likely on the sportsfield or on the great Zambezi River.......... Thanks again for a great lens!

anonymous on May 29, 2011:

Very nice lens! I've added mine, The Year I Was Born. You were born the same year as my 2nd child. I enjoyed reliving that year here.

anonymous on May 29, 2011:

Just getting over the morning sickness phase of being pregnant for my son! (Who's all grown up now!)

Teddi14 LM on March 10, 2011:

Thanks for adding your lens to my lens about being born on March 14th. I am going to add this lens as a featured lens. Go back and check it out. https://hubpages.com/community/birthday_march_14

javr from British Columbia, Canada on December 23, 2010:

Great lens. I have gathered some ideas from it. Thanks! This lens has been blessed by a Squid ANgel.

hotbrain from Tacoma, WA on December 02, 2010:

I blessed your lens! Thanks for making a great page!

BuckHawkcenter on December 02, 2010:

You and _Joan_ inspired me to do one of my own. BuckHawk Has a Birthday.

Linda Hoxie from Idaho on November 11, 2010:

This is a great idea for a lens, it is very cool. Ah, the memories. I have a six years on you though! 1963!

Tagsforkids on November 09, 2010:

That was a good year. I celebrated your birthday enjoying my Senior year in high school. Funny that my future wife (unknown to me until we met at college later that year) was celebrating *her* birthday the same day, though she had a few years on you! :)

MargoPArrowsmith on October 21, 2010:

What a day! What a year!

Thumbs up.

Tony Payne from Southampton, UK on October 17, 2010:

Brilliantly clever lens, blending snippets from your first year with events of the time. Nicely done.

howtocurecancer on October 13, 2010:

I was not yet on Earth on your birthday year. You were the boss so 28 March is your boss day.

hotbrain from Tacoma, WA on October 04, 2010:

Great idea for a lens!! I'll have to consider making one for my day. I was not yet around on your birthday.... I like to say that I was dead then, but I know that's silly :)

Marijoyce on October 03, 2010:

This was an interesting read, brought back a lot of memories. You were born a month or so before I graduated high school and left home to begin life on my own. So 1969 was a year I won't soon forget. Great lens.

Fit_Over_40_Buzz on September 19, 2010:

This is a great lens. Thanks for making it. Very informative. I gave you a thumbs up

cause I like your lens.

Fit_Over_40_Buzz on September 19, 2010:

Nice idea for a lens. Very informative. Gave you a quick thumbs up.

anonymous on July 08, 2010:

Being born myslef. In Atlanta, GA

Joan Hall from Los Angeles on June 01, 2010:

I finished my birth lens! https://hubpages.com/education/my-birthday-october

Yvonne L B from Covington, LA on April 27, 2010:

Your great lens has been featured on Coca-cola Chocolate Cake ( https://delishably.com/desserts/coca-cola-chocolat ).

Faye Rutledge from Concord VA on March 29, 2010:

@kerbev: Thanks!! :-)

Patricia on March 28, 2010:

I was born almost a year after you. March 3, 1970... Blessed this lens and enjoyed it!

Deb Kingsbury (author) from Flagstaff, Arizona on March 28, 2010:

@joanhall: Thanks! Let me know when you do, so I can feature it.

Joan Hall from Los Angeles on March 28, 2010:

Happy birthday!!

I've made some progress on my "Day I was born" lens. I'll get it finished one of these days!

Kerri Bee from Upstate, NY on March 28, 2010:

Happy birthday, Ramkitten!

You too, PartyBuzz!

Faye Rutledge from Concord VA on March 28, 2010:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Ramkitten!! Hope it's a great one!

Wendy Henderson from PA on March 27, 2010:

Happy Birthday To You!

Kimsworld LM on March 27, 2010:

Happy Birthday Deb! I was also born in 1969, but my bithday has already passed. Hope you get everything you want. Especially your favorite cake!!!!

JoyfulPamela2 from Pennsylvania, USA on March 27, 2010:

What fun this page it! Happy Birthday tomorrow! It is my daughter's birthday is tomorrow, also. I'll have to show her this page; she'd get a kick out of it! :D

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on March 27, 2010:

How fun. I want to make a December 9 lens for my birthday. Thanks for inspiring us all to do this.

HorseAndPony LM on March 27, 2010:

I loved reading your birthday lens. What a great idea. I'm a day early but Happy Birthday!

julieannbrady on March 27, 2010:

@julieannbrady: Happy Birthday Deb! May it be a glorious one for you. Hugs.

Ideaslady on March 17, 2010:

Wow, what a wonderful lens:)

BrandyT LM on January 22, 2010:

Congrates on the purple start! My daughter is a March 18th baby.

Cynthia Arre from Quezon City on January 15, 2010:

What a wonderful, fascinating lens! To answer your question, I was born 3 years after you (and my birthday is on March 23, our birthdays are just a few days apart) so I must have still been floating around in limbo somewhere. (; I love what you've done here, and I also wanted to congratulate you on your Purple Star! Oh, here's an *angel blessing* too.

Joan Hall from Los Angeles on January 15, 2010:

;-) Congratulations on your Purple Star!

Patricia on November 27, 2009:

This is cool! Blessed by an angel!

Joan Hall from Los Angeles on November 23, 2009:

This is a fantastic idea!! I'm taking you up on the lens challenge. Love this lens!

In 1969 I started kindergarten. The public schools would have made me wait until 1970 since my birthday is in October, but the private school took me even though I wasn't quite 5 y/o yet.

julieannbrady on November 17, 2009:

Hmmm, I have an idea, but am taking the fifth. ;)

Deb Kingsbury (author) from Flagstaff, Arizona on October 31, 2009:

[in reply to kab] So would I ... given that he's deceased now. :)

Kerri Bee from Upstate, NY on October 31, 2009:

I've been in that Museum in Albany - many times. I'd crap my pants if I turned my head to see Jerry Garcia!

pkmcr from Cheshire UK on October 22, 2009:

What a superb lens and what an awesome idea for a lens! Thank you for letting us into your world and you have been blessed by a Squid Angel flying by :-)

Evelyn Saenz from Royalton on September 27, 2009:

1969 was the year that I decided to go ahead of my 7th grade class and finish the math textbook by myself. I did every problem and finished in Dec.

Thought the famous words, "One small step for man".. were exalted from the lunar surface, our science textbooks for years still stated that "someday you might be the first person to land on the moon."

But for me, the most memorable event of the year was when my brother was born on Oct. 21. I guess 1969 was a terrific year for children to be born in because I now know two incredible people born that day.

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on September 26, 2009:

I don't know what else happened on the day I was born, but I'm old enough to remember almost everything that you mentioned happened when you were born! Great job and a great idea for a lens!

Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on August 20, 2009:

Love this about me lens. It was great to get to know you better.

julieannbrady on July 25, 2009:

I like how your title is specific to the date!

Teddi14 LM on July 17, 2009:

Thanks for visiting my March 14th lens and featuring my lens here. 5*'s

Moe Wood from Eastern Ontario on July 05, 2009:

Awesome idea! I was also born in 1969 so this was an interesting read.

Faye Rutledge from Concord VA on June 07, 2009:

Cool idea for a lens! Thanks for adding me as having the same birth date! This is very interesting to me, as it reminds me of what was going on in the world when my daughter was born in March of 1969 (March 12).

Mary Beth Granger from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA on June 02, 2009:

Very neat lens! I think I'll take your challenge and see what was happening on 2/1/1949. I'll l et you know when I finish it.

On your birthday I was a new bride of just 7 months

Nathalie Roy from France (Canadian expat) on May 26, 2009:

That's such a geat idea for a lens, and such a nice layout! I saw it on math4fun list of lenses that need a little love!

Craftyville on May 25, 2009:

Very cool lens!

oneskms on May 23, 2009:

Great lens Ramkitten, I was still awaiting my introduction to the world in '69. I was born in '71. This may be a little late for you but this lens, 40th poems may be of use for others reading your lens. I hope you had a wonderful 40th.

Just to let others know I found this lens on list of lenses

Bambi Watson on May 16, 2009:

really cool lens :-)

julieannbrady on May 03, 2009:

OMG, I was just a sparkle in the eye of my parents -- don't remember! But, what a great idea for a lens and you know, this would almost make a great TEMPLATE for lenses!!! Perhaps you should suggest it on the forum? ;)

Teddi14 LM on April 21, 2009:

Thanks for visiting and featuring my birthday lens. I love how you feature things that happened on the day you were born on your lens. Great idea! 5 *'s

ragdoll-lady on April 21, 2009:

This is a really cool lens. It's interesting to look at the larger picture of what is going on at a particular time.

sollertis on April 21, 2009:

This lens brought back a lot of happy memories for me. I was already a teenager about to leave school in 1969 so this is a milestone year in my life. Looking back I cringe at the clothes I would wear back then! Brilliant lens.

Deb Kingsbury (author) from Flagstaff, Arizona on April 20, 2009:

[in reply to drifter0658] Aaaaaw, party pooper! Well, okay, when your lens is done, you add ONE itty bitty ditty to my plexo, and I shall feature your even better birthday lens here with assorted bells and whistles. Deal?

drifter0658 lm on April 20, 2009:

Darn you! I'm going to do it any way. My birthday lens is going to be this expansive. I am going to use research I did in college (yes, I can remember that far back), that's why I didn't add to your plexo. Don't want to tip my hat ;)

Well done!

Thanks!

Leanne Chesser on April 20, 2009:

Wow. This is an excellent lens - well done, entertaining, great content, awesome pics. Great idea too! What was I doing that day? Well, I don't know, but not too many days before, I was celebrating my 3rd birthday (March 11).

Deb Kingsbury (author) from Flagstaff, Arizona on April 20, 2009:

[in reply to x3xsolxdierx3x] Yeah, I know, I'm getting to that age where too many people weren't even born by 3/28/69. Anyhow, give me a shout if you do that lens! I'll want to feature it here.

x3xsolxdierx3x lm on April 20, 2009:

lol.....and, since I wasn't born yet....I just made a general comment.....although, I'm now inspired to do something like this lens for my birthday (1983) :)

x3xsolxdierx3x lm on April 20, 2009:

I just read this lens from start to finish......VERY well done :) .....there is great flow, from the personal text, to the profitable modules....they fit in very well......

big, well deserved, 5 stars for this lens :)