Happy birthday, Charlie Kaufman and Tommy Dorsey!

Charlie Kaufman

Charlie Kaufman was born on this day in New York City, 1958. Kaufman is known for his quirkiness and bizarre genius as a producer and director in Hollywood. But more importantly, he is a writer responsible for such films as Being John Malkovich and Adaptation. He also wrote a sound play (a live radio experience where the actors read their lines onstage to an audience) in 2005 called “Hope Leaves The Theater.”

Tommy Dorsey

The “Sentimental Gentleman of Swing,” aka Tommy Dorsey, was born on this day in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, 1905. This Jazz trombonist, who also played the trumpet, was a very successful big band leader and composer who never thought much of improvisation and planned things to the T. He was also a sharp businessman and would poach musicians from other bands. Having a natural nose for talent, Dorsey supposedly discovered Frank Sinatra.

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