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  27th, 28th, 29th April, 2015











Edward & Rod: The Brother's McKuen. Photographed by Diane Kopperman, May 2002 at BB King's New York City

A Thought for Today

By leaning on someone you love you help to hold them up.


Dear Edward,

The next few days will undoubtedly be difficult for you though it must be comforting to have family and friends surrounding you to help ease the way through your first birthday without Rod.

Please remember that every single person who has ever visited this site will be thinking of you both in the days ahead.

Love and Happy Birthday,

The Stanyan Gang

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notable birthdays

Monday 27 April

Daniel Defoe o Sandy Dennis o Sheena Easton o Ace Frehley o Ulysses S. Grant o Casey Kasem o Coretta Scott King o Jack Klugman o Anita Loos o Bernard Malamud o Edward Habib McKuen o Douglas Sirk o Jules Stein o Gary Wright

Tuesday 28 April

Jessica Alba o Robert Anderson o Alexandra Ball o Lionel Barrymore o Penelope Cruz o Blossom Dearie o Nancy Lee Grahn o Saddam Hussein o Carolyn Jones o Yves Klein o Harper Lee o Jay Leno o Ann-Margret o James Monroe o Antonio Salazar o Marcia Strassman o Jeoffrey Tate o Sidney Toler

Wednesday 29 April

Andre Agassi o Linda Becker o Richard Carlson o Beth Anne Cox o Daniel Day-Lewis o Lonnie Donnegan o Nora Dunn o Dale Earnhardt o Duke Ellington o Tom Ewell o William Randolph Hearst o Emperor Hirohito o Celeste Holm o Tommy James o Preston B. Lawling o Master P o Rod McKuen o Zubin Mehta o Donald Mills (Mills Bros.) o Kate Mulgrew o Tommy Noonan o Jo O'Meara o Bill Paxton o Michelle Pfeiffer o Eve Plumb o Tino Rossi o Jerry Seinfeld o April Stevens o Uma Thurman o Carnie Wilson o Fred Zinneman

Rod's random thoughts
Brotherhood is only love by yet another name.

A partnership in life is the best thing life can offer.

Friends are angels in old clothes.

For Edward on April 27, 1999

All these years
of being brothers,
being friends and partners.
Living through the ups and downs
and in-betweens.
Trusting tomorrow as much as today.
Finding our way through labyrinths
no minotaur ever had to thread.
Knowing whatever Ariadne
waited up ahead would be worth
        the thicket tread.

All those times remembered.
                          good times mostly,
when we faced dragons never flinching
                          and won in every battle.
Our basic training being honesty
                                 to one the other.

Spring is late this year, but you still
seem the same as you have always been
in all those Aprils that arrived on time.

Happy birthday little brother, big partner,
                                          enormous Friend.
All these miles and miles together and no end
in sight. May you live forever and may I be
the last to raise a glass in your direction
                                       bidding you Bon Nuit.

                                          - RM • 27 April 1999


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