Friday, January 13, 2006

Strange day, indeed

And it has nothing to do with Friday the 13th. January 13 is the gay version of President's Day, except, unlike Washington and Lincoln, Charles Nelson Reilly, 75, and Rip Taylor, 72, were actually born within the same 24 hours.

Without "Match Game" mainstay Reilly and Taylor (formerly host of the "$1.98 Beauty Pageant"), JM J. Bullock would've likely never had a career. These trailblazers --- with a sizable assist from Paul Lynde --- told America it was okay for the center square to be gay. Where's their GLADD award?

Besides their contributions to the game show genre, CNR and Rip were part of the legendary acting troupe formed by the maestros of mushroom-induced fantasy, Sid and Marty Krofft. Who can forget Reilly as the mayor of "Lidsville," or Taylor as, well, whatever character it was he played on "Sigmund the Sea Monster?"

Has there ever been a more pronounced calendar quirk than this one?

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