Feb. 24: A birthday toast to Kitty

Feb. 24 — If you’re watching clips of “That ’70s Show” on an iPhone …

Kitty turns 70! Debra Jo Rupp (1951) is best known to most of us as Kitty Forman from “That ’70s Show” (1998–2006), but she’s had short stints in recognizable TV series such as “Kate & Allie,” “The Equalizer,” “Newhart,” and many more. She’s also done a ton of stage work, having followed up on a love of drama and theater that met great disapproval from her parents. They even sent her to the University of Rochester in N.Y. precisely because it didn’t have a theater department. Well, they added one her freshman year. Had to have been a sign.

Born in 1955, Steve Jobs was hardly a GenX’er. But he’s at the heart of what affects so many of us today. One of the inventors of personal computers, he almost took his love of electronics a more dastardly direction when he invented and sold a digital box that would replicate the tones needed to log free long-distance calls. Jobs died of pancreatic cancer in 2011.

Phil Knight (1938), who turns 83, is always under foot. Knight co-founded Blue Ribbon Sports with his Oregon track coach Bill Bowerman in 1964. They started out importing and selling ASICS Tiger athletic shoes before a falling-out led to a rebranding as Nike in 1971. That’s also when Portland State art student Carolyn Davidson came up with the now-iconic Swoosh. Knight settled for the name “Nike,” the winged goddess of victory, after being talked out of his first choice: “Dimension Six.” Nike introduced its Air cushioning in 1978 in the Air Tailwind running shoe, then branched it into the Air Force One basketball shoe in 1982. The “Air Revolution” featured a cut-out to make that cushioning visible in 1987, and the company has signed some of the biggest, most influential names in sports along the way, including Michael Jordan in 1984.

Born Floyd Joy Sinclair OTD in 1977, Floyd Mayweather grew up in a boxing family and took the “sweet science” to levels rarely seen. He retired 50–0 with 27 knockouts and no draws, the third-most victories among fighters who retired unbeaten, and tops to have no draws. A defensive master who is the most accurate puncher in the history of computer tracking, Mayweather held 14 titles among four weight classes, made $275 million in 2018 alone, lives in a 22,000-square-foot mansion, and remains undefeated against his girlfriends.

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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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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.