Skip to comments.Kirk Douglas Issues Editorial on His 90th Birthday
Posted on 12/11/2006 5:04:05 AM PST by Mel Gibson
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- My name is Kirk Douglas. You may know me. If you don't ... Google me. I was a movie star and I'm Michael Douglas' dad, Catherine Zeta-Jones' father-in-law, and the grandparents of their two children. Today I celebrate my 90th birthday.
I have a message to convey to America's young people. A 90th birthday is special. In my case, this birthday is not only special but miraculous. I survived World War II, a helicopter crash, a stroke, and two new knees.
It's a tradition that when a "birthday boy" stands over his cake he makes a silent wish for his life and then blows out the candles. I have followed that tradition for 89 years but on my 90th birthday, I have decided to rebel. Instead of making a silent wish for myself, I want to make a LOUD wish for THE WORLD.
Let's face it: THE WORLD IS IN A MESS and you are inheriting it. Generation Y, you are on the cusp. You are the group facing many problems: abject poverty, global warming, genocide, AIDS, and suicide bombers to name a few. These problems exist, and the world is silent. We have done very little to solve these problems. Now, we leave it to you. You have to fix it because the situation is intolerable
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"I want to be champeeon!"
boxer Midge Kelly, (Kirk Douglas) movie, "Champion"
I'm a big fan of your movies as well!
Mr. Douglas is correct.
Mr. Douglas is correct. But why Gen-Y? Us Gen-X-ers are at least a little more mature and will be coming into power in the next 10-15 years.
That's all very nice. But Michael Douglas was married to someone else previously, and if I'm not mistaken, Michael and that wife had children (someone correct me if I'm wrong, please)... so, isn't Kirk also the grandfather of those children? LOL. How soon people forget.
He was great in "The Vikings" as well.
I like how he mentions "suicide bombers" as a threat instead of George W. Bush. Pretty unusual for Hollywood.
Those were my thoughts as well - also - doesn't he have other children, not just Michael? That's odd he would leave them out.
Of course he knows, silly. He is mentioning the two grandchildren as the children of Michael and Zeta-Jones only...remember he is speaking to GenY-ers and trying to connect with what they know. Remember the context.
Global warming? The real problem seems to be growing global stupidity. Like the sun in the morning, it's moving from (mid)east to the west.
...Kirk Douglas' best role was as Paul Eddington, "In Harm's Way'...
I thought he was dead (or maybe I'm thinking of Frank Gorshin).
Paths Of Glory. Spartacus. Ace In The Hole. Seven Days In May. Champion.
I hope to just remember my name when I'm ninety. My father-in-law is 76 with alzheimer's and doesn't remember us.
I think he's being self deprecating, in that he's assuming that people don't know who he is, thus he's naming his most famous relatives.
One of my favorites too. I watch it regularly to this day.
What group hasn't faced many problems?
Thinking back 70 years, there was the Hun and the Rising Sun ... a few hundred years there was Global Cooling ... before that the Black Death...
I'm sorry to hear about your father-in-law, that's got to be tough. My mother is starting to show signs of senility & is becoming forgetful. My family all got together at Thanksgiving & had a great visit, but it was sad to see how quickly she is failing.
Well, I can understand why he doesn't mention Eric.
He played that roll with like he was born for it.
Oops! He played that roll like he was born for it.
The world is silent? This is a typical laundrys list that the left is screaming about every day on the tube.
The world is no worse than it was in Douglas' generation's time, The world always has a terrrible rash of problems. Genocide was many times worse under Hitler and Stalin.
Douglas was an entertaining actor, but he he took the lead in allowing the communist Hollywood 10 to be accepted in society again. He's always been a UN activist and his son has inherited the mantle.
You were definitely on a "roll" there.
Coffee, Don't fail me now!
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"We have done very little to solve these problems."
It is his generation that created it and now he wants us to fix the mess he and his generation made.
Two of the all-time greats, especially SPARTACUS with the battle scenes of the legions marching. And that was before digital techniques.
I agree, that was a great movie
I really doubt he made a wish at his first birthday celebration in 1917. If he did, it was probably for whirled peas.
Which must be why he's contributed to the campaigns of Bill Clinton, Carol Moseley Braun, Mike Dukakis, Joe Biden, Christopher Dodd, Howard Metzenbaum. . . .
Thanks. I was wondering who that person is.
Kirk Douglas has 5 sons, one is a special needs child, I believe. Parade magazine did a write up on him a while back. He mentions his famous son and daughter-in-law, because so many may not remember him, but they will know Catherine Zeta-Jones.
it is the human condition for the world to be in a "mess"............
Such an unpopular thought for so many to even consider, but you are so correct!
Liberal fantasies about "peace" are just that-----fantasies!
Mr. Kirk Douglas' oh-so-patrician "editorial" is the usual coded liberal tripe about how bad everything is in the U.S. and the world and how our government and taxpayers should be tapped to rectify the ills.
Douglas is a statist and a socialist. He and his second French wife are long-time leading lights in the Hollyweird liberal aristocracy. He and his family lead the priviliged life of wealthy capitalists while he advocates socialism for the peasants.
He dons aprons and serves turkey to the scruffy homeless once a year, photographer in tow, so everyone knows he's at one with the common man.
Here's a quickie partial history on his more substantial political contributions to leftist and socialists incumbents, candidates and PACs over the years:
William Jefferson Skyhook Clinton
Joseph Biden (again)
Carol Mostly Fraud (socialist senatorial crook from Illinois)
California Democrat Central Committee
Democrat National Committee
Carl Levin (flaming liberal)
Alan Cranston (flaming liberal
Gore Vidal for Senate (flaming liberal in more ways than one)
Edmund Brown (Ex-Governor Moonbeam's father)
If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck and contributes like a duck, it IS a duck.
Remember, Kirk Douglas in NOT Spartacus, he just was cast that way.
...he was also quite good in an earlier role, as a suave heavy in a film noir with Robrt Mitchum, can't remember the name of the film off the top of my head...the character's first name was Whit...
I liked him as the asylum attendant in "Harvey" with George Stewart.
Liked Spartacus as well. Didn't know for years that it almost got him blacklisted because the book was a favorite of the Communists in the US at the time.
#37 & 42...Thanks!...Folks need reminding!!!!
I meant #37 and #41!!!!
Thank goodness for your injection of reality to this thread.
The only reason we THINK these are such enormous and original problems is because today's media (satellite phones, Internet, etc) are EVERYWHERE, with instant communication.
Thirty years ago it took days if not weeks to get news "copy" from the bush of Asia or Africa to the civilized western world.
In Vietnam, news organizations literally hand carried newsreel film to Saigon, where it was put on the first jet heading to Hawaii.
They were lucky to get 'third' or 'fourth' day stories.
He boasts of living through what he says the "youth: inherited! Abject poverty - see dust bowl. Global warming - called summer, might want to look that one up Kirk! Genocide - Kirk your a communist sympathizer. You of all people should care less about less about that. AID's - Influenza killed more. Suicide bomber - Kamakazi pilots. Vast majority of these problems are MSM overblown crap! Blow out your candles Kirk, then go away!