HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY on Thursday to seriouser and seriouser talk-radio host slash political hobnobber slash best-selling author slash Inky columnist slash occasional nudist Michael Smerconish. The Main Liner and onetime major Republican made big waves four years back when he endorsed Barack Obama for prez. Today, his views are solidly middle-of-the-road. Not sure about Smer's opinions on astrology, but the stars say he oughta enjoy where he is now and latch on to adventure in April.
Sharing space on this week's birthday list is slenderized sandwich star Tony Luke Jr., also 50 today. Tomorrow, Comcast co-founder Ralph J. Roberts turns the channel to 92 (nearly infinity), WIP morning mouth Angelo Cataldiwings 61 and "Skinny" Joey Merlino mobs up 50.