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January 16 Notable Births and Deaths, with Quotes

Published by: Carolyn Brooks Fleming on Jan 15, 2022.

Today, let’s explore notable birth and death anniversaries for January 16.

Albert Pujols, baseball player (January 16, 1980–present)

“People say, 'What would have happened if you stayed in St. Louis?’ My best numbers are in St. Louis, but it probably would have been worse if I stayed since I had those injuries, and they don’t have a DH.” —Albert Pujols
Nightengale, Bob. “‘No regrets:’ Albert Pujols, entering his 21st MLB season, reflects on what could be his final year.” USA Today, March 3, 2021, https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/columnist/bob-nightengale/2021/03/03/albert-pujols-angels-contract-ends-remembered/6901599002/.

“I don’t know what the future holds for me, but if I ever had that opportunity to manage or coach, I think I’d be interested. Why not?” —Albert Pujols
Nightengale, Bob. “‘No regrets:’ Albert Pujols, entering his 21st MLB season, reflects on what could be his final year.” USA Today, March 3, 2021, https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/columnist/bob-nightengale/2021/03/03/albert-pujols-angels-contract-ends-remembered/6901599002/.

“As long as you’ve got the passion and as long as you still love it, I think you should continue to do what your passion is with the gift that God has given you.” —Albert Pujols
Goold, Derrick. “‘I don’t want to stop, knowing that I could still play’: Pujols embraces ‘special opportunity’ with Dodgers to mentor, contend.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, June 3, 2021, https://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professional/i-dont-want-to-stop-knowing-that-i-could-still-play-pujols-embraces-special-opportunity/article_e0521ae8-6622-57cf-a59e-42d428863f41.html.

Kate Moss, supermodel (January 16, 1974–present)

“I was a scapegoat. The media had to put the responsibility on somebody, and I was chosen. They felt free to say that because someone was thin, they were anorexic, which is ridiculous.” —Kate Moss
Interview. “Life Lessons from Kate Moss.” Interview, October 8, 2021, https://www.interviewmagazine.com/culture/life-lessons-from-kate-moss-interview-1999.

“I don’t like doing pictures as myself. I like to become someone else. In a picture, it’s hard to be yourself. But when you’re pretending to be someone else, it’s nice. It’s fun. It makes it interesting.” —Kate Moss
Interview. “Life Lessons from Kate Moss.” Interview, October 8, 2021, https://www.interviewmagazine.com/culture/life-lessons-from-kate-moss-interview-1999.

“If I didn’t get discovered, I’d be working in a bar like my Mom.” —Kate Moss
SPIN Staff. “America’s Obsession: Our 1984 Kate Moss Interview.” SPIN, November 29, 2020, https://www.spin.com/2020/11/kate-moss-1994-interview/.

John Carpenter, filmmaker and composer (January 16, 1948–present)

“I can't evaluate my own movies. I can’t even watch my own movies. I hate talking about them.” —John Carpenter
Mahoney, Jake. “John Carpenter Is Scared.” Esquire, October 29, 2020, https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/movies/a34518538/john-carpenter-2020-interview-coronavirus-trump-they-live-the-thing/.

“‘The Thing’ is a film about an alien — but it can be read as a metaphor for this pandemic, this disease. The appearance of normalcy is all-important for the creature. It wants to imitate perfectly, so no one can tell who's sick and who’s not. Ultimately, the whole movie is about trust: Can you trust the person next to you?” —John Carpenter
Mahoney, Jake. “John Carpenter Is Scared.” Esquire, October 29, 2020, https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/movies/a34518538/john-carpenter-2020-interview-coronavirus-trump-they-live-the-thing/.

“Being the ‘Halloween’ guy gave me a career in movies. And even now I’m working on the new ‘Halloween’ movies that are being released by David Gordon Green.” —John Carpenter
Lavin, Will. “John Carpenter: ‘We’ve been living in a real-life horror movie for the past four years.’” NME, February 9, 2021, https://www.nme.com/features/film-interviews/john-carpenter-interview-horror-2872541.

Abigail Van Buren (Dear Abby, nee Pauline Phillips), advice columnist (July 4, 1918–January 16, 2013)

“If the boy is old enough to get a tattoo he is old enough to go alone.” —Abigail Van Buren (Dear Abby)
Coley, Sam. “Abigail Van Buren Turns 100: Her 10 Best Pieces of Advice and One-Liners.” Parade, July 4, 2018, https://parade.com/683199/samanthacoley/abigail-van-buren-turns-100-her-10-best-pieces-of-advice-and-one-liners/.

“If either the bride or groom has second thoughts about their feelings, it would be far better to call the wedding off. While it may cause the other party to be upset, in the long run, it would be far better for all concerned.” —Abigail Van Buren (Dear Abby)
Van Buren, Abigail. “Better to Lose Wedding Costs Than to Gain Abusive Spouse.” UExpress, June 14, 1996, https://www.uexpress.com/life/dearabby/1996/06/12.

“Children grieve just as adults do. They should be assured that it is all right to express their feelings. When children lose someone with whom they have been extremely close, grief counseling may be in order.”  —Abigail Van Buren (Dear Abby)
Van Buren, Abigail. “Better to Lose Wedding Costs Than to Gain Abusive Spouse.” UExpress, June 14, 1996, https://www.uexpress.com/life/dearabby/1996/06/12.

Marshall Field, entrepreneur (August 18, 1834–January 16, 1906)

“Give the lady what she wants.” —Marshall Field
“Marshall Field (1834–1906).” PBS, https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/chicago-marshall-field-1834-1906/.

“I was determined not to remain poor.” —Marshall Field
“Marshall Field (1834–1906).” PBS, https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/chicago-marshall-field-1834-1906/.

“I don't know anything about a museum and I don't care to know anything about a museum. I'm not going to give you a million dollars.” —Marshall Field
“Marshall Field.” People Pill, https://peoplepill.com/people/marshall-field.