TURNING 27 (Part 2: Where Were They Now?)

Here’s where some people of interest were at 27:

Mark Twain was living in Virginia City, Nevada where he wrote for the Territorial Enterprise. The U.S. was in the second year of the Civil War.

Bob Marley had already made dozens of timeless recordings with Peter Tosh and the Wailers; and yet his stardom lay one year away, when the Wailers would release Catch A Fire in 1973.

Muhammad Ali was in the middle of his four-year banishment from professional boxing for his refusal to serve in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

Napoleon Bonaparte was the General of the French Army and doing battle with Austrian forces in Italian territory.

Once artists of impeccable talent and esteem, Peter Green and Syd Barrett were relegated to mental illness and recluse, and their incredible talents were now squandered.

Marie Curie earned her degree in mathematics from the Sorbonne, and that same year met Pierre Curie.

Jim Henson moved to New York City with his wife where the newly formed Muppets, Inc. would reside for many years.

Marilyn Monroe graced the cover of the first ever issue of Playboy Magazine.

Earnest Hemmingway completed his first novel: The Sun Also Rises.

Stanley Kubrick released his second feature film: Killer’s Kiss.

Aaron Rogers won his first Super Bowl; Tom Brady won his third.

Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery twice, the second effort aided by the Underground Railroad.

Roger Waters was leading Pink Floyd through the post- Syd Barrett years with the release ofAtom Heart Mother. It was three years before the release of Floyd’s monumental album: Dark Side of the Moon.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis gave birth to a stillborn baby girl: Arabella Kennedy.

Salvidor Dali painted one of his most famous works: The Persistence of Memory.

Sting was releasing Outlandos d’Amour with his newly formed trio- the Police.

Thomas Jefferson was a busy lawyer in colonial Virginia. He was also deeply in debt due to the lavish spending on his neoclassical mansion, Monticello.

Lady Gaga……. will not be 27 for two more years.

Jerry Seinfeld made a highly successful showing on The Tonight Show Staring Johnny Carson, leading to regular appearances on that show and others.

Clint Eastwood was landing small roles in such television series as West Point and Death Valley Days.

Lance Armstrong had just beaten testicular cancer, which had spread to his abdomen, lungs, and brain. He then began his cycling comeback by finishing fourth in the Vuelta a Espana, and was a year away from his first Tour De France victory.

There are far to many “interesting” people to list here, but see for yourself what the people who intrigue you were doing at your age.

Or maybe, in the words of Clark Griswold, you “don’t give a give a frog’s fat ass.”

(All facts in accordance with dates and events listed on Wikipedia.com )

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