Saturday, November 17, 2012
On This Day In Dino-history: November 17, 1951
Hey pallies, likes I can't thinks of a more wonder-filled day in the life and times of our Dino then November 17, 1951 'cause likes on that date our most beloved Dino and second wife, Jeanne, welcomed their first child together, Dino Martin Jr. into the world. Likes thinks of the immense pride and joy that our great man took in namin' his boypallie after himself. Thinks of the hopes, the dreams, that our Dino had for this little babe in arms by givin' his beloved boypallie his stunnin' name!
And, indeed our Dino's boypallie namesake certainly did live up to the takin' of his amazin' Daddy-o's tag...becomin' a hugely successful entertainer himself while just in his teens as part of the swingin' pop trio Dino, Desi, and Billy. Dino Jr. went on to acclaim as a tennis pro, football player, and found fame and fortune as an actor on both the small and big screens. And our Dino's golden boy also was golden when it came to bein' a pilot of jet airplanes.
Likes Dino Jr. had only one real problemo...he was so ultra multi-talented likes his famous father, that he just couldn't decide which of his many interests to put the major accent of his life on. One thin' for sure dudes, Dino Jr. was definitely meant be heir apparent to our King of Cool's Dino-throne. And, of course likes all of that came to a unthinkable end when Dino Jr. tragically crashed his National Guard F-4 Phantom fighter jet in California's San Bernardino Mountains during a snowstorm on March 21, 1987.
Today we celebrate this wondrous day in our Dino's life as we remember and honor Dino Jr. on the 61th anniversary of his arrival into family Martin. But, in the midst of all our celebratin' we can't help but be sad as well as we know the Dino Jr. story turned out to break our lovin' Dino's lovin' heart as he never ever got over the death of his beloved namesake. Dino-honorin', DMP