Hey pallies, likes today is one of the happiest days...indeed, if not the happiest day in all of Dino-history 'cause 60 years ago this very day, on November 17, 1951, our most beloved Dino's most beloved boypallie, Dino Martin Jr. was born to proud daddy-o Dino and mother Jeanne.
Likes thinks of the pride our Dino had in namin' his first child by Jeanne after himself. Likes thinks of the hopes, the dreams our great man had for his little boy by givin' his new son his great 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 and 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 multi-talented likes his 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 pallies, Dino Jr. was definitely gonna be heir apparent to the Dino-throne. And, of course all of that came to a crashin' 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 happiest of happy days in our Dino's life as we remember and honor Dino Jr. on the 60th anniversary of his entry into family Martin. But, in the midst of 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