Hallmark Birthday Greetings: Jesse Ventura, Forest Whitaker, Linda Ronstadt
Hallmark Birthday Greetings: Jesse Ventura, Forest Whitaker, Linda Ronstadt

Hallmark Birthday Greetings: Jesse Ventura, Forest Whitaker, Linda Ronstadt

Arguably the best color commentator in WWE history, Jesse Ventura has never been at a loss for words. It helped that he was famously paired with play-by-play man Gorilla Monsoon, a Gemini with an uncannily amazing, almost magical way with words. Ventura has been championing the underdog ever since he first started sweating it out with the boys in the locker room of the spandex and patent-leather shiny boot-wearing man parades that Vince McMahon has theatrically coined  “sports entertainment,” maximizing the entertainment value of wrestling, which has been around for God knows how long. Jesse was among those pivotal WWE players of the early 1980’s who were largely responsible for putting McMahon’s budding promotion all over the map. Jesse on the mic is reminiscent of the Rock but Ventura speaks in a way that is not only funny but bitingly sarcastic. It’s no wonder he parlayed his wrestling career into a successful run at politics, winning the Minnesota governorship and now hosting a cable show that is more than just fodder for the conspiracy theorists. His protective instincts and tough-guy persona are definitely Cancerian; but, you see, Jesse is a soft touch who really cares for and about people. Happy Birthday, Jess!

Forest Whitaker is one of Hollywood’s most versatile and compelling actors. His inspirational story is one of passionately pursuing a form of self-expression that can lead to amazing heights. Forest projects such great emotion in all of his roles and his level of sensitivity allows him to become the characters that he plays. His powerful portrayal of General Amin catapulted him to the Oscar, a distinction that solidifies his place as one of Hollywood’s best actors ever. Something that Forest has done that I give him great credit for was something far more daunting than playing a crazy dictator — Whitaker tried to reboot the classic Twilight Zone and had Rod Serling’s big loafers to fill. The show just didn’t play as well in color. The black-and-white of the original TZ just added to the scary mystique of the program. Happy Birthday, Forest!

There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone.

I don’t much but I know I love you. Happy Birthday,  Linda Ronstadt! The beloved singer has a thing for fire signs — having previously been linked with California Gov. Jerrry Brown, an Aries, and Steve Martin, a Leo, Albert Brooks, a Leo. She sure likes to play with fire!

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