Today is the vernal equinox, the first full day of SPRING! Above is Salvador Dalí’s “The First Days of Spring” (1929), which art historians consider to be one of his first forays into surrealism. It is small, for him, about two feet wide by 20 inches tall, so it may be larger on some peoples’ screens right now than it is in life. The painting is at the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. (For some, the fact of a Salvador Dalí museum in St. Pete is surreal.)
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The death of Conor Clapton 25 years ago today led Eric Clapton to write with Will Jennings the song “Tears in Heaven.”
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Dame Vera Lynn is 99 today. She is quoted in today’s Express as saying, “I feel very lucky to have reached 99 and still be able to enjoy life..”
Carl Reiner is 94 today. He is very active on Twitter and reported his activities last night:
Am planning to see Mel Brooks wow the folks doing his sold out, 1 man show at the Thousand Oaks Auditorium.Will give unbiased report Sunday
— carl reiner (@carlreiner) March 19, 2016
Hal Linden is 85 today. Prime Minister Brian Mulroney is 77. Pat Riley is 71 today. Jimmie Vaughan is 65 today. Spike Lee is 59 today. Holly Hunter is 58 today. David Thewlis is 53. Touré is 45.
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