The Quick 10: 10 Pats Born on St. Patrick's Day

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I know St. Patrick's Day isn't until tomorrow, but I thought I'd give you some conversation fodder in advance. You know, just in case some of you plan to be out enjoying some Guinness and Jameson instead of obsessively refreshing mental_floss. Who knows, maybe you'll even get a free drink out of it (assuming you're of the legal drinking age, of course): ask your friends to name a Pat born on St. Patrick's Day, and if they can't, they owe you a drink. Trust me, it'll sound like a great idea after you've already had a few.

BOBBY1. Patrick Duffy. Bobby Ewing's alter ego was born on March 17, 1949. And here's a totally random fact about Mr. Duffy: his nephew is Barry Zito, pitcher for the San Francisco Giants.
2. Patty Maloney. This particular Patty is an actress with dwarfism who stands just three feet, 11 inches tall. She has appeared in many movies and T.V. shows over the years, including operating the Crypt Keeper puppet in Tales from the Crypt. She was also in The Star Wars Holiday Special.
3. Pattie Boyd. Pattie is well-known to lovers of classic rock: she was married twice, once to George Harrison and once to Eric Clapton, who in turn wrote a couple of the most romantic songs in rock history in her honor (The Beatles' "Something" and Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight"). Boyd was a model when she met Harrison on the set of A Hard Day's Night in 1964; the pair were married two years later. They divorced in 1977 and she married Clapton, Harrison's close friend, in 1979. She also had an affair with Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones toward the end of her marriage to The Quiet Beatle.

4. Mathew St. Patrick.

You might not know this actor by name, but I had to include him for obvious reasons. OK, it is a stage name "“ he was actually born Patrick Matthews. Anyway, St. Patrick was on All My Children for a couple of years in the late "˜90s/early "˜00s, but I know him best as David's boyfriend Keith on Six Feet Under.

5. Pat Rice. Pat Rice is a man from Belfast who has made his career with Arsenal F.C. (that's "football club," AKA soccer to us Americans) since 1964. He joined the Gunners in 1964 as a mere apprentice, turning pro a couple of years later. He became captain in 1977 and left the club for a few years in the early "˜80s, but returned to them after he retired from playing in 1984. Since then, he's been coaching Arsenal in various capacities. He's currently the assistant manager.

6. Patrick Adams. He may not be a household name, but the recording artists he writes for and helps produce certainly are. Adams has been involved in the careers of Salt-N-Pepa, Sister Sledge, R. Kelly, Gladys Knight, Rick James and Coolio, among others.

7. Patrick McDonnell. It's possible you look at Patrick McDonnell's work every day, depending on what comics your newspaper carries (and if you read the comics every day, I guess. I do.). McDonnell draws a strip called Mutts featuring a couple of house pets - a dog and a cat - named Earl and Mooch, respectively. Charles Schulz called it one of the best comic strips of all time.

corgan8. Billy Corgan. That's Billy Patrick Corgan, actually. You probably know Billy "“ he's the face of the Smashing Pumpkins, he engages in public feuds with Courtney Love and maybe dated Jessica Simpson last year. He made his debut on St. Patrick's Day, 1967.
9. Princess Patricia of Connaught. Princess Patricia was the granddaughter of Queen Victoria who gave up all of her royal titles when she married a commoner. She was born at Buckingham Palace on St. Patrick's Day in 1886.
10. Patricia Ford. Ford is a retired model probably best known for her Playboy photoshoots in the '90s.

If you had a kid on St. Patrick's Day, would you pay homage by giving your child a Patrick-derived name? Are you a Patrick or Patricia born on St. Patrick's Day? And if you really do get a free drink out of this, be sure to come back and let me know tomorrow. I'm teetotaling this year and would be thrilled to know that someone was able to put this to good use.

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