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14th Leap Year Birthday   Leave a comment

Leap Year 1992 collage 2


14th Leap Year Birthday February 29, 1992 South Florida

I had a 2 bedroom ground floor apartment right off Sunrise Boulevard which made the location convenient for everyone and not having much money I decided to have my birthday party sort of an open house from 1PM to 9PM. I had sent out 80 invitations and I’ve tried to count how many people came but not quite sure as a lot of the invitations were to people out of town that I knew couldn’t/wouldn’t come. I do know that I received 4 cakes as presents!


The biggest surprise was that Mark Covington came in from Santa Fe. He stayed for a week and we went out every evening for dinner including one of my favorite restaurants, The Ark, which will be talked about for the next birthday.


One of my favorite gifts was a handmade “A Chorus Line” hat with a framed, in aluminum foil, “A Chorus Line” poster. I still have the latter but when I had birds a few years later they chewed the frame to tatters.

Posted December 2, 2019 by greatmartin in LEAP YEAR BIRTHDAY, LIFE EVENTS

91 days to go before I become an adult!   1 comment

12th  Birthday February 29, 1984 South Florida

Leap Year 12 Michaels house Leap year


In 1984 Leap Year fell on a Wednesday. Following are some of the notes from my diary: Party at Mike McCarroll’s house on Tuesday February 28–Bill G gave me a framed posted of “La Cage Aux Folles” the last show we saw together (which I still have in 2020!) John Connolly came in from St. Louis and Buddy Vest from NYC.  Buddy played Zach in the touring company and was responsible for me and Dr. K seeing the show in NYC on September 29, 1983 when it became the longest running show in Broadway’s history and became the most exciting performance I ever saw in a theatre! 


I don’t believe I wrote the following but it is my handwriting and I had been sober for  3 years by then: too much food–3 cakes!


The next evening Thursday February 29 I gave a party at Bobby Rubbino’s Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale for the crew at Wag’s where I was working–as a surprise Shirley, Mike’s mother, came into town and joined us–the next evening we took her to La Vielle Masson–an excellent French restaurant in Boca Raton.

Bob Schink, the ‘last’ Fuller Brush salesman’ in Broward county, was at all events and  took a load of pictures but I don’t seem to have any except at Mike’s house.


For the record: all the restaurants I mentioned have closed but more importantly Mike, Buddy, Dr. K, Bob and Shirley plus some in the picture have died.



Posted November 30, 2019 by greatmartin in LEAP YEAR BIRTHDAY, LIFE EVENTS

Only 92 days to go!   Leave a comment

11th Leap Year Birthday February 29, 1980 South Florida

I returned to South Florida in 1979 and got an apartment right off I-95 and Davie Boulevard. Two blocks west was the restaurant/bar called the Sandpiper. I quickly became friends with the bartender Bruce and some of the regular customers like ‘Teacher Mike’, ‘Movie Mike’, ‘Ice Skater Mike’ and Gino. The bar was unique in the sense that the whole top of a long u-shaped bar was the top of a fish tank! You try having a few scotch on the rocks on top of fish!

In any case I had my eleventh Leap Year birthday there and I still have the “Happy Birthday” round pin that I wore all night.

The three Mike’s have passed on but I have many pictures and memories of the 3 of them. Guess where I had my 12th Leap Year birthday party? Just keep reading!


Posted November 28, 2019 by greatmartin in LEAP YEAR BIRTHDAY, LIFE EVENTS

10th Leap Year Birthday February 29, 1976 Memphis Part 2   Leave a comment

 A jazz cocktail hour with finger foods then a complete sit down dinner with the main course Prime Ribs with baked potato, salad, fresh vegetable, open bar, soft drinks and coffee for 300 people.
A live band with a singer first presenting a show and dancing.
A 4 tier cake for dessert and an after dinner drink.
Hired Margie’s son to take pictures.
All this and I don’t remember a thing though I was told I did give a ‘speech’ welcoming everyone and the fact that I was drunk wasn’t obvious. I look at the pictures and it is all a blank! Was I singing with the singer or was I just talking to my guests using the microphone?
I would stop drinking 5 years later!

Posted November 27, 2019 by greatmartin in LEAP YEAR BIRTHDAY, LIFE EVENTS

10th Leap Year Birthday February 29, 1976 Memphis Part 1   Leave a comment



1976 Collage 1

















Posted November 26, 2019 by greatmartin in LEAP YEAR BIRTHDAY

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I don’t recall any birthdays between the first and this except when I was ‘5’ I remember taking over the Alley Bar in Miami Beach and celebrating the birthday but I have no pictures from that time. I really started the big events in 1972.

9th Leap Year Birthday February 29, 1972 Weight Watchers  Memphis


Posted November 25, 2019 by greatmartin in LEAP YEAR BIRTHDAY

Starting a photo album celebrating my birthday!   1 comment

I started working on a Leap Year Memory Photo Book for my birthday– this was my first and I made the front page of a newspaper—have no idea of what paper or who the other people are in the picture–maybe this way I’ll find out!

First Leap Year Birthday  February 29, 1940 1 year old


Posted November 24, 2019 by greatmartin in LEAP YEAR BIRTHDAY, LIFE EVENTS

102 Days to go!   1 comment

Putting together a ‘photo album’ of my 20 Leap Years and thought I would share a few pages–right now I am aiming for 21 pages plus 4 to grow on!

The Second 5 Leap Years 1956 to 1976

New York, Miami Beach & Memphis

1956 to 1967 The Fat Years


My first restaurant job 1957-63 Picciolo’s Miami Beach  The Brass Rail 1965-1969 NYC  Marchi’s My favorite NYC restaurant in the 1960s


Flo & Me World’s Fair 1964

Where I was a waiter in the

Gas Pavilion–table side service

Posted November 18, 2019 by greatmartin in LEAP YEAR BIRTHDAY, LIFE, LIFE EVENTS

108 days to go!!   Leave a comment

Everybody laughed when on March 1, 2016, I said I had to get started on my 21st Leap Year birthday but now we are only 3+ months til THE big day. I have a lot ready but still a lot to do–heck I haven’t even started working on my gift list!!

Martin Donald Goodkin

Leap Year Baby’s 21st Birthday

Saturday February 29, 2020


Posted November 12, 2019 by greatmartin in LEAP YEAR BIRTHDAY, LIFE, LIFE EVENTS

February is coming!! Part 1   Leave a comment

Leap Year 7 Only 129 days to go!!!
Some of you laughed when I said at this time last year I have to get ready to celebrate my 21st birthday on February 29, 2020–well, in spite of all I got done I still have a lot more to do!
In any case for those of you who will be coming to Fort Lauderdale in February (and you better tell me!) it is high season here and hotel room are not only hard to get but the closer to the beach the harder to get, the more expensive ($300 per night is a low figure!) and the more of a chance they won’t have any rooms available.
I would suggest you book a room as soon as possible and I am suggesting a few which are reasonable, close to everything and are highly spoken of by friends. They are close to shopping, dining and only about a mile from the beach plus all have their own swimming pools!

Posted October 23, 2019 by greatmartin in LEAP YEAR BIRTHDAY, LIFE

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