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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Famous Leap Day Birthdays

Famous Leap Day Birthdays
Famous Leap Day birthdays - Leap Day babies, Leap Day is here once again. The every-four-years phenomenon is extra-special for those born on Feb. 29. See if you can guess the identities of these famous Leap Day babies.

A life coach : Anthony "Tony" Robbins

Age: 52
He began his career as a protégé of this motivational speaker, went on to write several self-help books and had a cameo in the Farrelly brothers' comedy "Shallow Hal."Anthony Robbins was born on February 29, 1960.
Robbins is an 11 born and is a life number 11. WOW! Talk about double the master number energy, so what you see is what you get with Robbins.
Being a double 11 makes Robbins tender, artistic, and romantic in nature. You can definitely see this in his demeanor when he’s in his seminars, but also during his interview with Oprah. The term “gentle giant” comes to mind with Mr. Robbins.
Since he is born on the 29th, this makes him mentally strong, hard working, but also fortunate.
For those of you who have been reading my blog already know that the number 11 is the number of “illumination”, those who bare this vibration are here to inspire others, and assist them in cultivating spirituality.
It’s not uncommon for those who have a major 11 in their chart, or those in a major 11 cycle to be suddenly thrust into the spotlight. For Robbins, it was by divine order that this was to happen for him.
When certain numbers in your chart align, success is inevitable. That is if you are pushing the numbers in your chart to their most highest and favorable promise, and making the “correct” choices along the way.
Robbins ascent wasn’t an easy one, according to his interview with Oprah, he had a difficult childhood, and grew up virtually poor.
Numerically this makes sense as Robbins has a first pinnacle of 4. Usually a first pinnacle of 4 indicates that one goes to work at a young age out of necessity or self motivation. It’s during this time though that Robbins got his start, and began marketing for the late self help speaker Jim Rohn.
What makes Robbins so easily relatable is that he has a destiny number 9, the 9 has lived through many experiences, and thus people are drawn to it, not only for its wisdom, but also for its compassion and spirituality.
The 9’s success is contingent upon how much good it does, and interestingly enough, Robbins is a firm believer in this.
However, the number 9 is also a number of loss/abandonment. You can see that in his eyes when he talks about his turbulent childhood. He also was married once before, and endured heartbreak. Through it all he managed to pull through, and was still able to shine his light to those around him, and to the world.
The number 9 is also divinely protected as well, at the age of 32 in Robbins personal yearly cycle of 7, he found out that he had a tumor. Which is the reason why he grew so tall, he stands 6’7 now. However, miraculously enough the tumor shrank, and there was no need to remove it.
According to Oprah, Anthony Robbins business generates $200 million in annual revenue, thus not only providing him with a comfortable living, but making him very wealthy. There is no other life coach who comes close in terms of Robbins notoriety, popularity, and wealth. This is an example of pushing your numbers to their most positive power.
2012 is his personal yearly cycle of 9, and his transit of 5! Look at that, the 5 is in the spotlight again!
While this year Robbins brings something to a close, he’s starting on something new. His transit is the karmic 14/5 so he must be careful not to be so self indulgent, and to control his impulses.
Numerically speaking Robbins has been working extra hard since 2004, but come 2013 he’ll enter his final pinnacle of 9, which will link to his destiny 9. So tolerance, compassion, love, understanding, and charity works to his advantage during this time.
A pinnacle 9 is an easy money period, so gifts, favors, and increase in ones pocket book are all part of this cycle. However, it is an emotional time, and may incur some hiccups in his personal and professional life.
Either way Anthony Robbins has paved the way for many of the current and aspiring motivational speakers, and will continue to do so for many years to come.

A New York City rapper: Ja Rule

Age: 36
He's known for his beef with a fellow rapper and for his collaborations with female singers, including an "American Idol" judge and another singer-actress. *Rapper Ja Rule has pleaded guilty in New York to attempted criminal possession of a weapon, the AP reports.
The gun-possession case stems from a July 2007 stop of his luxury sports car. The rapper said “this isn’t a good day” and declined to discuss the case as he left a Manhattan court.
Police say they found a loaded semiautomatic gun in a rear door of the $250,000-plus car after it was stopped for speeding.
In court Monday, Ja Rule was promised a two-year prison sentence. He’s free until sentencing, on a date yet to be set. He’s due in court Feb. 9 for an update.
Ja Rule’s “Pain is Love” was nominated for a best rap album Grammy Award in 2002. The 34-year-old rapper — born Jeffrey Atkins — also has appeared in movies, including the 2001 film “The Fast and the Furious.”
A soap star: Antonio sabato Jr.

Age: 40
He got his start on a daytime soap opera, hit the prime time as an abusive ex-husband on "Melrose Place" and caught the world's attention in a sultry music video by Janet Jackson.The Former Soap Star Puts His Heart—and His Abs—up for Grabs on My Antonio It's not difficult to meet women," says Antonio Sabato Jr. Well, of course not: Standing in the California sun, the torso that earned him fame as a Calvin Klein underwear model and General Hospitalstar is so chiseled that his pecs cast a shadow over his abs. But at 37, Sabato wants more than just to meet someone. "I'd rather be in a relationship," he says. "My career has been up and down. I'm raising two kids. And I'm doing it alone."
His solution? The new VH1 reality showMy Antonio, in which 13 bachelorettes—along with his opinionated mother, Yvonne—traveled to Hawaii last January for five weeks of speed dating. Adjusting to the spotlight of reality TV was jarring for the actor, who shares custody of his son Jack, 15, with mom and actress Virginia Madsen, and daughter Mina, 7, with her mother, Kristin Rossetti, in L.A. "I don't go to premieres anymore," says Sabato, who drops his children off at school and cooks them Italian pasta dishes for dinner. "I'd rather be at home with my kids."

Sabato is mum about whether he finds love on the show—"It was about making a connection; not 'Here's my wife.'" But at least one Sabato is benefiting from My Antonio: Jack. "His friends are like, 'Your dad is the coolest in the world!'" says Sabato. "He's going to be very popular when he goes to high school this month."
A late talk-show host : Dinah Shore

Died: February 24, 1994
Dinah Shore is best known for her long career as a singer, actress and variety show host. Her popularity peaked in the 1950s, but in the early 1970s, Shore took on daytime television, hosting not one, but two, talk shows.

Dinah's Place was an early template for modern shows like The Rachael Ray Show or The Martha Stewart Show. The early morning, half-hour program featured celebrity guests who would engage with Shore in an activity. For example, when Ginger Rogers appeared, she didn't dance. Instead she demonstrated her ability to work a pottery wheel. And health and fitness experts were regular guests, serving up advice to viewers on how to eat well and get exercise.

Her second program, Dinah!, more closely followed the talk show format. The competition for her 90-minute talk show? Merv Griffin and Mike Douglas, both of whom had well-established shows. The biggest twist for the daytime show was its regular rock star guests, like David Bowie. The bands showed Dinah's appreciation for new musical talent and introduced audiences to performances they might not otherwise see.
She began her career on radio programs in the 1940s but later moved on to host several talk shows, date a movie star and found a popular golf tournament.
A groundbreaking historian : Alexander Dee Brown

Died: December 12, 2002

Why he's famous: His 1970 bestselling book exposed the injustices Native Americans lived through as the United States government settled the West.Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by American writer Dee Brown is a history of Native Americans in the American West in the late nineteenth century. He describes the people's displacement through forced relocations and years of warfare waged by the United States federal government. It was first published in 1970 to generally strong reviews, although scholars criticized it on several grounds. Published at a time of increasing American Indian activism, the book was on the bestseller list for more than a year. Translated into 17 languages, the book has never gone out of print.
The title is taken from the final phrase of a 20th-century poem titled "American Names" by Stephen Vincent Benet. The poem is not about the Indian Wars. The full quotation, "I shall not be here/I shall rise and pass/Bury my heart at Wounded Knee," appears at the beginning of Brown's book. Although Benet's poem is not about the plight of native Americans, Wounded Knee, (a village on a reservation in South Dakota) was the location of last major confrontation between the U.S. Army and American Indians. The event is known formally as the Wounded Knee Massacre, as more than 150, largely unarmed, Sioux men, women, and children were killed that day.
An MLB slugger : Al Rosen


Age: 88

Baseball reserves a special place in its heart for the what-ifs. They can be white-hot blips like Herb Score, the Cleveland Indians pitcher whose face was shattered by a bullet line drive in 1957 after two dominant seasons in the majors. Or they can take the form of Sandy Koufax, who gave us just enough sustained genius to prove, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that injuries abbreviated one of baseball’s greatest careers.

But then there’s another class of player, the what-if-what-if. Caught in limbo, he fails to generate the same mystique: He is too accomplished to mourn yet not accomplished enough to become a legend. So, as the Major League All-Star game unfolds tonight, let us pay our respects to the almost-legendary Indians slugger Al Rosen, a four-time All-Star and the best Jewish ballplayer between Greenberg and Koufax. “If he had a couple of more good years, maybe one more good year, he would have been a candidate for the Hall of Fame,” Ira Berkow, the longtime New York Times sportswriter, told me. “He was one of the premier, if not the premier, third basemen of his time.”

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Rosen, a broad-shouldered, barrel-chested asthmatic who had been an amateur boxer, made his debut with the Indians in 1947. He made five appearances that year; nine the next; and in 1949 saw action in 23 games. By the time Rosen got the chance to play a full season, in 1950, he was already 26.

Rosen had put his career on hold to serve during World War II, which accounts somewhat for his delay in becoming a regular in the Indians line-up. The primary culprit, though, was the lack of free agency and any real union presence—pied piper Marvin Miller (a Jewish labor lawyer from the Bronx) did not come over from the United Steel Workers of America until 1966 to become director of the MLB Players Association—which enabled franchises to hoard players. The Indians were grooming Rosen as All-Star Ken Keltner’s successor at third base and had little interest in seeing him flourish elsewhere. With no leverage, players like Rosen could do little more than wait their turn.

Reached at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif., Rosen, now 87, is matter-of-fact about his strange career path. “I was a walk-on when I played in Thomasville, North Carolina, in 1942,” he told me. “I wanted to play baseball, and Thomasville needed a third baseman. I made $75 a month. I was happy, I was young, energetic, I loved every minute of it.”

But at some point, you get antsy. “I think that, given the chance in 1948, I could have played at the major-league level,” Rosen said. “Definitely in 1949.” The numbers back him up. In 1950, with Keltner finally out of the way, Rosen got his first full season in the majors. He hit .287 with 37 home runs and 116 RBIs. Perhaps more important, his OPS—a stat favored by sabermetricians that combines on-base percentage and slugging percentage—was .948, the second-highest of his career.

Once Rosen finally got his chance, he almost immediately established himself as one of the best players in the game. From 1950 to 1955, he made four All-Star Games. In 1950 and 1951, Rosen was very good; in 1952 and 1954, he was fantastic; and in 1953, Rosen was sublime, winning the American League’s Most Valuable Player honors and narrowly missing the Triple Crown—he led in home runs (43) and RBIs (145) and came in second to Micky Vernon in batting average by .001. (He also led the league with a 1.034 OPS—an OPS above 1 being considered spectacular.) But injuries struck in 1955, and after the 1956 season, he retired at 32, right when he should have been at the height of his powers.

How good was Al Rosen? Baseball writer Jonah Keri, author of The Extra 2%, made the case to me with the metric called Wins Above Replacement (WARP), which takes a “replacement-level player”—essentially, some hypothetical player a notch or two below average—and, using both batting and fielding stats, measures how superior the actual player is to this imaginary mediocrity in the number of extra wins the actual player would generate over a full season. “How much better was Al Rosen than a replacement-level player?” Keri asked by way of explanation. “In his MVP season, he was more than nine wins better. If you have an 85-win team and you add Al Rosen, instead you have a 94-win team. So, you’ve gone from a pretty good club to a club that has a chance to win the World Series. He had a couple seven-win seasons, which are also tremendously good, and a few seasons just below that.”

Keri added, “If you are a two-win player, you’re a solid starter; if you’re a four-win player, you’re an All-Star; if you’re a six or seven player, you’re considered for the MVP; if you’re nine or more, you’re getting into some Albert Pujols-type seasons.”

Rosen also, of course, became an icon for the Jewish community, earning the nickname “The Hebrew Hammer” (though he chose to inscribe “Flip” on his bats). He also met with his fair share of anti-Semitic taunts. The newly arrived black baseball players may have made for bigger targets in the early 1950s—Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947—but Jews were by no means off the hook. When it came to voices from the crowd, Rosen never let his anger show. “You’d hear things from the stands after you would make a bad play or struck out,” he told me. “I had the feeling that anybody who felt as badly as I did could say anything they wanted.”

Other players, though, were a different story. Rosen didn’t hesitate to challenge, and fight, opponents who tried to make his ethnicity an issue. “There’s a time that you let it be known that enough is enough,” Rosen tells an interviewer in the 2010 documentary Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story. “You flatten [them].” He offered a more nuanced picture of anti-Semitism in our conversation: “I always felt that it was much better to ignore it until the point came when you really had to speak up, or else your entire reputation would be damaged. Then, I would assert myself.”

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The Indians won the pennant in 1954, only to lose the World Series to the New York Giants. That was also the year that Rosen’s injury problems began. He hit .300 with 24 home runs and 124 RBIs—strong numbers, but a marked comedown from the previous year’s heights, the result of having missed 17 games. The fans made their displeasure known, and Rosen’s confidence began to suffer. His numbers dipped further. The Indians tried to arrange a deal that would have sent him to the Boston Red Sox; he rejected it. He was then offered a steep pay cut. Rosen, who had worked as a stockbroker during off-seasons, chose to retire. “Every person has their own ego,” he recalled. “I was used to being the best, and when I couldn’t be the best in my own mind, it was time for me to move on because I didn’t want to start moving around from club to club.”

His injuries were far more extensive and overwhelming than people realized at the time. A fractured finger never healed. He got into a car accident the day before spring training began one year. “Things just began to deteriorate physically, and it became a mental thing,” he said. “Instead of being something I looked forward to every day, the game became something I dreaded.” Nor did this “mental thing” start only when his physical prowess began to wane: As early as 1952, a Baseball Digest profile described Rosen’s “exaggerated capacity for worrying over his batting troubles.” In the previous off-season, disappointed with his hitting, he had traveled to South America to clear his head and had given up golf so he could spend even more time on baseball, working out his legs well before that kind of training was the norm.

The comparisons to Greenberg were always obvious. Both men were enormous, muscular, and proud, feared hitters who were good for power and average alike. Both were Jewish ballplayers who made it clear they wouldn’t tolerate anti-Semitism. Rosen had grown up idolizing Greenberg. And, as it happened, Greenberg was a member of the Indians front office, in charge of the club’s minor league operations when Rosen broke in and general manager soon thereafter. With Rosen starring, Greenberg working behind the scenes, and Hall of Famer Lou Boudreau (Jewish on his mother’s side) as player/manager, the Indians probably had as much Jewish cachet as any organization before or since.

So, it’s of special, if morbid, curiosity, to Jewish sports fans that Greenberg played a not-insignificant role in Rosen’s retirement. In 1956, the player Rosen had grown up idolizing gave Rosen a choice between a second pay cut or a trade, neither of which suggested the former superstar had much faith in an Al Rosen comeback.

Rosen told me he prefers not to talk about his relationship with Greenberg. Leaving baseball was not an easy decision, and having Hank Greenberg push him out the door certainly didn’t help matters. “Too much has been written about my relationship with Greenberg, and I prefer not to go there,” he said.

“Was there some jealousy from Hank to Al, with Al being a prominent player with the Jewish community when Hank was now a front office guy?” said Berkow, who interviewed Rosen when putting together Greenberg’s posthumously completed memoir The Story of My Life. “Maybe, but I can’t go into Hank’s head.”

“Hank was a general manager in a time when general managers were tough,” Berkow added. “There wasn’t a lot of sentiment.” If he was looking to trade Rosen, maybe Greenberg pragmatically saw he could get some value for Rosen. “He wasn’t looking at it as a Jew and he wasn’t looking at it as a friend. He was looking at it purely as a baseball man.” In the end, it was the system that cost Rosen a shot at immortality.

Rosen remained in Cleveland until 1973, sitting on the Indians’ board of directors and working with hitters in the spring. In 1978, he returned to baseball as the president of the New York Yankees, caught in the crossfire between George Steinbrenner and Billy Martin. Rosen resigned halfway through his second season and headed back to Las Vegas, bearing a World Series ring for his troubles. There was a front office stint with the Houston Astros from 1980 to 1985 and, from 1985 to 1992, time with the San Francisco Giants that won him Major League Baseball’s 1987 Executive of the Year award. A decade ago, he was briefly a consultant to Steinbrenner.
He was a four-time Major League Baseball All-Star third baseman who became general manager for a National League team in the 1980s.
A Democratic congressman : Bart Stupak


Age: 60

Congressman Bart Stupak is a Democrat from the first Congressional District of Michigan. He Co-Chairs the Bi-Partisan Pro-Life Caucus with Republican Congressman Chris Smith. He is one of a strong and vocal contingent of Pro-Life Democrats who carry on the legacy of the late, great Governor of Pennsylvania Bob Casey. They hear the cry of all the poor, including children in the first home of the whole human race, their mother’s womb. They recognize the truth that these dear children whom Mother Teresa rightly called the “poorest of the poor” have no voice but ours. They are our first neighbors.

As the debate over health care reform continues in the United States , we must keep in focus our first and primary concern, to ensure that if any Health Reform legislation passes, it absolutely and explicitly forbids the expenditure of Federal funds to kill these children in the womb by funding abortions, directly or indirectly. It is people like Bart Stupak who are becoming the great champions of this fundamental human rights issue in their own Party. They may also turn out to be the key in defending against a stealth abortion mandate at the National level.

On September 16, 2009, Congressman Stupak gave an interview to Megyn Kelly of Fox news in which he strongly contended that President Obama’s assurances that funding abortion is simply not going to happen are not reliable. In fact, he said it “is just not true” and that he is “disappointed” that the President continues to make the claim.

Yet the President has sent Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius out to ride point on the issue after making just such an explicit claim in his recent address to both Houses of Congress. In an interview with the Washington Post on September 15, 2009, the Secretary could not have been clearer in underscoring the claim, responding to a direct question with this assertion: “Well, the President has made it pretty clear that Congress and the new health insurance plan will not provide federal funds for abortions”. The retired U.S. representative played a crucial part in health care reform and rented a room in a controversial Washington, D.C., house.
A reality TV star : Pedro Zamora

Died: November 11, 1994

The then-22-year-old introduced MTV viewers to the realities of being HIV-positive on a groundbreaking TV series.

The real story of the San Francisco cast was Pedro Zamora. It was the first time many of the MTV generation could say, “I know someone with AIDS.” It was probably the first time a lot of people even could say, “I know someone who is gay.”

More importantly, viewers didn’t watch him just struggle with the disease. Most of Pedro’s larger health problems came after the show was done taping. Instead of watching a struggle, people who watched The Real World watched Pedro live. They watched him go to work, giving speeches about the AIDS virus. They watched him fight with his roommates and go on vacation to Hawaii. They watched him date, fall in love, and commit to Sean.

Pedro went on the show hoping to put a face on the AIDS virus, and he did. He brought AIDS out of the hospital and being gay out of the bedroom and showed what it was like to really live.

And his roommates learned what it was like to live with someone living with AIDS. The same irrational, but inevitable, fears came up about sharing glasses, toilet seats, etc. Part of Pedro's gift was ability to educate without making his roommates feel silly for those fears

An Olympic swimmer : Cullen Jones


Age: 28
He became the second African-American swimmer to win a gold medal as a member of the record-breaking 4x100 relay team at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Bronx-born swimmer Cullen Jones didn't just help power the U.S. relay swim team to Olympic gold - he just may have shattered the stereotype that blacks can't swim.

Although Jones isn't the first African-American swimmer to make the Olympic squad (he's the third), or the first to win a gold medal (he's the second), he figured in one of the most exciting races in sports history.

And that thriller will be replayed on Olympic highlight reels for generations to come. "I hope this exposure from the race today, a kid can see this and say, 'Wow, a black swimmer - and he's got a gold medal,' " Jones, 24, said. "The stigma that black people don't swim ended today."

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