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Forward thinking

An entirely subjective look at the week ahead

Published December 27, 2004

Donald Trump


The pig in the population python began 59 years ago Saturday, when the first baby boomer, Kathleen Casey Wilkens, was born one minute after midnight in Philadelphia. From 1946 to 1964, almost 78-million more members of the largest generation in United States history - and maybe the most self-absorbed - would be born. Most of us are still here, and yes, we rule.


Still haven't had your fill of holiday festivities? Take the kids and/or out-of-town guests to Wild Wonderland at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa. The evening winter festival features live reindeer, horse-drawn carriage rides and a winter wildlife show through Tuesday. Call (813) 935-8552. In Largo, Heritage Village's Holiday Home Tours of historical houses decorated in pioneer Florida and Victorian fashion, continue through Sunday. Call (727) 582-2123


Maybe reality TV is good for something. Donald Trump's sharkfest The Apprentice has teamed with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation for an online charity auction of memorabilia and props from both seasons of the show. New items are added daily, so fans can bid on "You're fired!" T-shirts signed by Trump, basketballs with Kwame Jackson's autograph and other celebrity-inscribed tchotchkes. All proceeds benefit the foundation, and the auction continues through Wednesday at


Something to contemplate Friday, as we complete the fifth year of this decade: It doesn't have a name. We remember the '70s, the '80s, the '90s, and if we didn't VH1 would remind us with the I Love the '70s and ad nauseam series. But what to call the times we live in? The Oughts, the Naughts, the Zeros, the Zeds, the Doughnuts? We'd better figure it out, or VH1 won't know what to call the sequel.


January may hold the title for Largest Number of Annoying National Months Month. Starting Saturday: National Be On-Purpose Month, National Clean Up Your Computer Month, National Get Organized Month, National Mentoring Month and National Reaching Your Potential Month. It's also Oatmeal Month and Diet Resolution Week. We're going to lie in bed, read gossip magazines and eat chocolate all day.


Saturday is the 70th anniversary of the birth of cartoonist B. Kliban, who died in 1990. Kliban's enigmatic cats and surreal humans were among the most original cartoons of the 1970s, influencing Gary Larson and many other artists. Several other extremely cool cats have birthdays this week:

- Denzel Washington (The Manchurian Candidate) is 50 on Tuesday. - Jude Law (every film currently in theaters) is 32 on Wednesday. - Taye Diggs (Kevin Hill) is 33 on Sunday.

[Last modified December 23, 2004, 12:05:54]

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