Happy 83rd birthday to the woman whose contributions to society, television, movies, and music, have earned worldwide attention and respect, Miss Nichelle Nichols.

Long before Ms. Nichols became a fixture on our television sets and movie screens, she was working hard in the musical arena, singing for artists such as Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton.

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Since then, she has caught the attention of Dr. Martin Luther King, NASA, and every male in the world possessing so much as a drop of testosterone.

Happy Birthday, Nichelle. I leave you with an excerpt from this short poem in honor of your special day.

My heart is like a singing bird...
Because the birthday of my life
Is come, my love is come to me." - Christina Rossetti