In my most recent column, I did what many other news outlets typically do at the close of a year, I saluted celebrities who died in 2012.
Well, thanks to a suggestion from my brother, I'm going to take a little different approach in this column.
Now that we've said 'goodbye' to the famous celebrities who left us in 2012, I feel it's time to say 'Hello' to the future celebrities who will be born in 2013.
In 2013 (says my brother) , the person whose research will lead to the curing/elimination of cancer will be born, as will a future U.S. President whose accomplishments will approach those of Lincoln.
Joining him (or her) will be an astronaut who will set foot on the planet Mars, a baseball player who will hit 100 home runs in a single season -
with no artificial help. And don't forget the first musical artist to sell 1 billion copies of a recordThis accomplishment will be known as a "Purnaite-seller", named after the first scientist to discover a new element in more than century.
These persons, continues brother Doug, will be born in the USA (including the 51st state of Cuba), India, Peru and the Netherlands.
The easy birth locale to figure out is the U.S .President, who of course will be born in the United States - and if Donald Trump is still around when he's elected, I am sure he'll demand to see President Jorge Martinez' birth certificate.
Here's my little addition to the list - How about adding the men or women who discover cures for Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dysrophy, Diabetes and Heart Disease to the list of notable 2013 births.
And - last but not least - the only notable birth of 2013 whose name has already been revealed - my grandson, Kaiden Rhys Whitney,who was born on January 3rd of this year.
I may be slightly prejudiced, but Kaiden may just achieve all of the feats mentioned in the preceding paragraphs - but only if that's what he chooses to do.