Born 100 years ago; the scatman with the "shining"

On May 23, 2010, Benjamin Sherman Crothers, otherwise known as Scatman Crothers, would have been 100 years old.

Scatman starred in many movies and television programs including; Chico and the Man, Petrocelli, Charlie's Angels, Hill Street Blues, One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, and The Shining.

Something I found interesting while researching an article as the Space Education Examiner was that Scatman Crothers was born the year Haley's Comet returned to Earth (April 20, 1910) and died, on Nov 22, 1986, the year it came back around again. (February 9, 1986)

In Stephen King's movie, The Shining, Scatman played a character that had psychic abilities, which was referred to as having a 'shining'.

Other interesting connection to Haley's Comet:

Haley's comet became visible on the night of Mark Twain's birth on November 30, 1835

In 1909, Mark Twain said, "I came in with Haley's comet in 1835. It's coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. The Almighty has said no doubt, 'Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together."  

Mark Twain died on April 21, 1910, the day after Haley's comet returned.  

Coincidence or prophecy, avid readers of Twain's books, debate the issue of whether or not his 'time travel' ideas were pure fiction or predictions, in his novel,  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, after foreseeing his own death coinciding with the return of Haley's Comet.

Haley's Comet returns every 76 years. It will return in the year 2062.

Other famous 1986 birthdays:

  A famous TV star born six days after Haley's Comet returned in 1986 was Amber Riley, born on February 15, 1986.

  Amber, far right, is best known for playing Mercedes Jones, in the Fox hit show, Glee.

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