On this date in 1938, Palace contributor and official Promoter of Secular REAL Wellness Donald Bruce Ardell was born in Philadelphia, PA. Don’s parents, Leroy J. Ardell and Mary Pauline Fitzgibbon, were accepting and even, on occasions, fond of him, but his grandmother “Aunt Katie” predicted that little Donny would never amount to anything. However, the troublesome tyke’s mother held out hope for the lad. Today, several can be found who suspect that Don might, in time, amount to something. After all, how hard can that be – to amount to “something?”
Don himself lists a number of accomplishments, including abandoning Catholicism at twelve, graduating from high school, finding gainful employment on at least half a dozen occasions, fathering totally lovable children and winning the hand of not one but two uncommonly wonderful wives (not at the same time). Besides children and spouses past and present, Don is much taken by the lives of Robert Green Ingersoll, JFK, H.L. Menckin, Carl Sagan and Charles Darwin.
“Modern medicine is a wonderful thing but there are two problems: people expect too much of it and too little of themselves.”
-Donald B. Ardell in “High Level Wellness: An Alternative to Doctors, Drugs and Disease, published by Rodale Press, 1977, p. 3.)
The Palace congratulates Don on the occasion of his most recent completed trip around the sun, and wishes him many, many more. As tradition dictates, copious liquid refreshments will be served today in the Palace’s magnificent Grand Entry Hall (near the shrine) along with Iris’s the Idiot’s red velvet cake. (Hey, I made an organic vegan one just for you, Don…of course the rest of us will be gorging on the other cake—the one with all that insanely ridiculous cream cheese frosting.) Stop by, enjoy yourself, and show Don some birthday love.