May 1 — High Times magazine’s May 1991 issue popularized the idea of “420” representing stoner culture. Turns out the story has its roots in a group of five high school students in San Rafael, Calif., who planned to meet at 4:20 — by a statue of Louis Pasteur — to search for a mythical abandoned crop of cannabis. Yes, it’s right up there with the Fountain of Youth and the Lost City of Gold. The quintet — Steve Capper, Dave Reddix, Jeffrey Noel, Larry Schwartz, and Mark Gravich; undoubtedly destined for a Mount Huffmore if anyone finds the motivation…


April 21: Purple rain hits hard as we lose Prince

April 21 — The purple rain fell a little heavier on this day in 2016 when we learned we’d lost Prince. Prince Rogers Nelson died of an overdose of fentanyl, the result of treatment for injuries and wear and tear from energetic stage performances. It was the end of an era for GenX’ers who’d grown up on his sexually charged music and lyrics, and partied to his timeless “1999” at some Millennial Party somewhere. Prince had put out several commercially successful albums within the final few years of his passing…


April 18 — Birthday wishes for a couple of greats …

Conan O’Brien (1963) is 58 today, having turned a comedic writing career into sketch comedy and late-night hosting since 1993. He went from being president of the Harvard Lampoon to host of “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” (1993–2009). There, he gave us everything from mock interviews with cardboard cutouts to Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. He earned the seat on “The Tonight Show” briefly in 2009 before it got yanked from him seven months later. He disappeared from public for several months before re-emerging on TNT in November 2010.


April 17 — OTD in GenX history, a beautiful spy and a Cincinnati Bengal who was really good at football …

Jennifer Garner (1972), 49, got our attention long before she started asking what was in our wallets. She was a spy in “Alias” (2001–06), a superhero in “Daredevil” (2003), and showed some comedic shops in “13 Going on 30” (2004) before a 10-year marriage and three kids with Ben Affleck.

Norman “Boomer” Esiason (1961) turns 60 today. The 14-year QB for the Bengals (1984–92), Jets (93–95), Cardinals (1996), and Bengals again in 1997 was the last Bengal QB to…


April 15 — Cake, candles, and some whiskey to wash it down …

Chris Stapleton (1978) turns 43 today. A hidden gem in country music until just a few years ago, Stapleton was a prolific songwriter until he finally started recording on his own in 2015. He’s written or co-written more than 160 country songs, including six that hit no. 1 on the country charts, all for some names we may recognize — George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Josh Turner, and Luke Bryan among them.

Samantha Fox (1966) is 55 now, having parlayed a career that began as a “Page 3…


April 14 — Cake and candles for the Brat Pack and a Buffy …

Anthony Michael Hall (1968) turns 53 today. We first saw him as the original Rusty in “National Lampoon’s Vacation” (1983), but he hit it big as the Brat Pack came together in “Sixteen Candles” (1984), “The Breakfast Club,” and “Weird Science” (both 1985).

Sarah Michelle Gellar (1977), 44, first caught our attention as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (1997–2003), but she’s been a thrill in “I Know What You Did Last Summer” and “Scream 2” (both 1997), in “Cruel Intentions” (1999), “The Grudge” (2004), and more.

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April 13 — Raise a Crystal Pepsi for Ricky Schroder’s birthday …

Ricky Schroder (1970) … er, sorry, RICK Schroder … turns 51. We all knew him as Ricky during his run on “Silver Spoons” (1982–86), but he went and got all big on us. That included a run on “NYPD Blue” (1993–2005). He’s been a big supporter of the military in more recent years, as his production company has produced a show for the Army and developed three war documentaries.

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If you’re in a toasting mood and have any left over, raise a Crystal Pepsi, which…


April 12 — Big day in the news as GenX’ers grew up …

The United States launched the first space shuttle, Columbia, in 1981. Billed as STS-1 (Space Transportation System 1), carrying a crew of two as it orbited Earth 36 times in 54.5 hours before returning safely to Edward (Calif.) Air Force Base. John Young and Robert Crippen piloted the ship, which happened to launch on the 20th anniversary of the first manned space flight by Yuri Gagarin of the USSR.

Euro Disney opened OTD in 1992, becoming the second Disney resort to open outside the US. (Tokyo Disney…


April 11 — Cake and candles for a clone …

Tricia Helfer (1974) is 47, №6, and no. 1 in our hearts, all wrapped up in one geeky cybernetic package. Most famous for her role as a sexy Cylon in the reboot of “Battlestar Galactica” (2004–09), she’s more recently been on the Fox series “Lucifer” (2016–18).

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Michael Stipe of R.E.M. inducted Nirvana into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame OTD in 2014. “Nirvana tapped into a voice that was yearning to be heard,” Stipe said in his induction speech.

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The Apple Computer Co…

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Generation X is forgotten no more! Here’s tosome of the people and moments that shaped our youth in the ’90s, ’80s, and even some ’70s.

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