My Birthday

For amusement, this morning I looked on-line to see what famous people might share my birthday. This is a common thing for peasants like me to do. It lets us think that through some cosmic connection we might, at some point, be lifted from obscurity to notoriety, only because we were born on the same day as someone in the past who was just extremely lucky or actually decided to work hard and make something of themselves. I found an interesting mix:

Ivan the III, the great Russian czar (1440)

Jack O’Connor, famous American gunwriter (1902)

Linda Blair, the actress from the Exorcist (1959)

I also looked to see what historical events might have happened on January 22:

The first British colonist reached New Zealand (1840)

The Confederate government rasied the premium for volunteers from $ 10 to $ 20 (1862)

Eighty-two British soldiers held off attacks by 4,000 Zulu warriors at the Battle of Rorke’s Drift in South Africa. (1879)

Elvis Presley records “Suspicious Minds” (1969)

Thanks to my father for starting me down the right road and pulling me out of the ditch when I ran off it. I'm the little guy on the right in this 44 year old photo.

What will happen today, in my life? Things look to be off to a good start. The kids are happy and Drema will probably make me a cake. I’m not going to answer the phone, any e-mails or even straighten up my office which has become clutter of books, ammo, guns and related firearms paraphernalia all piled in a circle around my desk chair.

It looks as though today in history – at least my history – nothing news worthy will happen. And, that’s fine with me. I can stay at home and enjoy my family and the fact that I can afford to support them without having to have a real job. (Writing about guns is more like a dangerous addiction than employment.)

If I get a little bored, I’ll just get a gun, step outside and proceed to whack the hell out of some steel targets. That’s what a hillbilly gunwriter like me calls “research.”

 

 

 

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About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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6 Responses to My Birthday

  1. William Bouley says:

    Happy Birthday Richard, and because I’m thinking about myself and others, I hope you have many, many more. As long as your alive and kicking, hopefully you will keep writing, and of course doing research.

  2. Bob M. says:

    Happy Birthday!

  3. Tony Yates says:

    Happy Birthday Richard! Ironically, today, before I turned on my computer, I opened my newly arrived ‘Shooting Illustrated’ and was reading your interesting article on Kinetic energy. Interesting! The last two sentences were a perfect ending to the piece! LOL! Hope you’re have’in a good one.
    Tony Yates

  4. Mike Wodjenski says:

    Happy Birthday Richard! Jack O’connor is pretty good company for a guy doing you’re kinda work.

  5. J D Lawson says:

    From one Hillbilly to another-Happy belated Birthday, thats exactly what I did on my birthday, whack the heck outta some steel!

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