On this day in 1920, “commentator” James Kilpatrick was born. You probably remember him on 60 Minutes battling it out with Shana Alexander. This is the first example of I know of where the media provided a very clear skewing of politics. Alexander was the supposed liberal, but she was actually more of a moderate and even conservative. Kilpatrick was just a bigot. Balance! His main work over the years was as an apologist for segregation. He was a vile man, but fully inside the mainstream of Republican politics—then and now.
Singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett is 56 today. I just wanted to play this song:
The day, absolutely by default, belongs to the great actor Toni Collette who is 41 today. She came to prominence with a brilliant performance in Muriel’s Wedding. And over time she became awfully skinny. But her acting was always great. She especially stood out as the fiercely protective but flummoxed mother in The Sixth Sense and the resigned but making the best of it mother and sister in Little Miss Sunshine. Here she is in about the only decent scene I could find of her from The Sixth Sense:
Happy birthday Toni Collette!