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S A I N T S &
B I R T H D A Y P A G E
Michael J. Smith was born on this day, 1945. He
was the 40-year-old pilot on the space shuttle Challenger on January 28,
1986. It was to have been his first space flight. It turned out to be his
last. The Challenger blew up in the skies over Florida, and all aboard
perished. NASA issued a report on the Challenger accident, but the late
Richard P. Feynman, genius physicist from CalTech, issued his own minority
report, which can be found on the Web at "http://www.astro.nwu/lentz/space/
MODEL: Smith and all the others who perished on the Challenger certainly deserve the respect of the nation for giving their lives to an enterprise that is, presumably, in the national interest. But Feynman is the man we can best imitate. He took pains to learn the truth. Then he had the guts to tell the world.
Your Birthday Today:
Tough cookie. If you were born on April 30, you are a leader but often have the desire to give it all up for an easier life. You do things by the book, rarely bending the rules or showing compassion for others unless it is for the greater good. You are a tough boss, but hold yourself to the same standards. Ruled by the number 3 and the planet Jupiter, you get frustrated when your independence is tied up.
Blind faith. You are a good soldier and a hard worker but lack the ability to question the motives of your superiors and often stumble into dark moral jungles. If you have the self-possession to recognize this tendency, you will be more successful in the long run.
Comrades. As an authority figure, you require not only the respect but also the friendship of those who serve under you. You enjoy the warmth and camaraderie, and tend to be highly protective of your underlings as long as they share your views on certain issues. Those that do not must face your scorn.
Getting around your defenses. You need warmth and affection from your family and friends, but also want to be left alone and free from hassles. Those that understand this get around your grumpy, stubborn exterior and learn to manipulate you. You're a sucker for cute and clever children that subtly push your buttons.
Some advice: Listen to your colleagues and friends before making big decisions . Also listen to your inner voice. Be more tolerant when others don't see things your way. Different strokes for different folks.
Also born on this day: Robert Shaw (conductor) Corinne Calvert (actress) Peter Ahrends (British architect) Herbert Ferber (abstract painter) John Crowe Ransom (poet, critic) Alice B. Toklas (Gertrude Stein's partner) Katherine Towle (US Marine Corps Head) Frederick Chiluba (Zambian president) Don Schollander (gold medal, swimming) Isiah Thomas (Detroit Pistons guard) Percy Heath (jazz bassist) Jill Clayburgh (actress)