June 13

Friday the 13th is the 122nd anniversary of the birth of Basil Rathbone in Johannesburg, South Africa- 1892.

Rathbone learned the actor’s craft in a Shakespearean focused stage company, his film portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in the 1930’s and 40’s is still considered by many to be the best ever. Basil’s family returned to England during the Boers War and he grew up at the turn of the 20th century. He was a decorated veteran of WW1 and tried to enlist for service in WW2 but was turned down because of his age- then 47. Basil’s large film history showed him a dashing and debonair man with a great dueling arm.

Basil finally settled in New York as his career wound down and he continued to be a public man. In 1960 he appeared on a television talk show, “The Christopher Program” and shared a collection of 11 “Tips for Teenagers”.

They are:

Set a big and worthwhile goal for yourself.

Keep close to God.

Spend time with your mother and father. 

Study hard.

Be selective in what you read, and programs you watch, etc.

Demand the best.

Show an interest in teenager problems.

Be yourself.

Take responsibility — don’t dodge it!

Improve your ability to communicate your ideas.

Prepare for your own home.