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May 28, 1997

       Saint Of The Day:

            Jim Thorpe

im Thorpe was a Native American and an athlete, one of the finest American athletes of the 20th century. He was born on a reservation near Shawnee, Oklahoma, on May 28, 1888, and given the Sac and Fox name Wo-Tho-Huck (Bright Path). For most of his life, Bright Path made a bright path. He attended the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania, played football, and helped Carlisle beat Harvard (in the days when Harvard had a great football team). Thorpe made the All-America football team in 1911 and 1912. At the Olympic Games in Stockholm in 1912, Thorpe won gold medals in both the decathlon and pentathlon, but was later forced to return his medals when it was discovered that he had played semi-pro baseball years before. He went on to play professional baseball for the New York Giants and the Boston Braves, then switched to professional football for a number of teams, including the Canton, Ohio, Bulldogs, Chicago Cardinals and New York Giants. Six foot tall and handsome, Thorpe had an effortless grace, and he helped enkindle in professional baseball and football the kind of public interest that only comes to men endowed with something heroic. Think of an early Michael Jordan. In 1950, an Associated Press panel voted Thorpe the "Greatest Athlete of the Century." In 1951, Burt Lancaster played Thorpe in a movie called Jim Thorpe: All American.

MODEL: Thorpe's grace. He was good, so he didn't have to talk trash. And he didn't.

Your Birthday Today:

May 28
Day of the Pioneer

Unusual, Distinct, Creative

Overbearing, Above the law, Restless

A fresh approach. If you were born on May 28, you enjoy coming up with new ideas and bringing them to fruition. Since you enjoy the innovation process so much, you may have problems finishing projects. This talent for innovation and your straightforward approach will probably lead to success if you find your calling. Until that time, you may flounder. Ruled by the number 1 and the Sun, you can unsettle others with your brash thinking and colossal energy.

Action Jackson. You are not just a dreamer but a doer. You feel completely free to act as an individual, but sometimes go too far and trample society's rules. If you should overstep your bounds, you may be knocked back a few steps. Whether you come back or not is a test of your determination.

Self-made. Your success, be it small or grand, will be self-made, not handed on a silver platter. You may be an overnight success or suffer endless frustration because your unique talents are not recognized. Learning to go with the flow and wait for the right moment may be a better strategy than shouting at closed doors.

Those who can't teach. You are a doer, not a teacher and may struggle to put your ideas and methods into words. You are an action person, too busy working to record your unique thought processes used to get there. Due to a big ego, you can lose touch with yourself and others.

Some advice: Watch your ego and your moral compass. Let others know your true feelings. Don't be so discouraged. Finish what's on your plate before moving on. What do you enjoy most? Find what you do best and keep innovating.

Also born on this day: J.C. Warner (coordinated plutonium research for Manhattan Project) Jim Thorpe (pro baseball, football player) Rudolph Giuliani (NY mayor, US prosecutor) Barry Commoner (biologist, ecologist) Jerry West (basketball guard, general manager) Gladys Knight (soul, gospel singer) Wang Gan Chang (Chinese nuclear physicist) Gyorgi Ligeti (Hungarian composer) John Fogarty (singer, songwriter, guitarist) Joseph Guillotin (French physician, guillotine inventor) Ian Fleming (James Bond creator)