Today Justice Stephen G. Breyer, A3G's favorite among the four liberal justices, celebrated his 67th birthday. As Howard Bashman noted, 67 is "[t]he perfect age to stop being the 'junior' Justice." So Happy Birthday, Justice Breyer!
For more on Justice Breyer's early life, check out this very interesting bio, which has the following juicy tidbits:
Stephen Gerald Breyer was born on August 15, 1938 in San Francisco, California. Only one generation from poverty, Breyer's middle-class family lived frugally. Breyer's father, Irving Breyer, worked as a lawyer and legal counsel for the San Francisco Board of Education. His mother, Anne, spent most of her time as a volunteer for the San Francisco Democratic Party and for the League of Women Voters.
Although Breyer's parents sent him and his brother to religious school, the family did not observe their Jewish faith strictly. Instead, his parents pushed Breyer towards academic success. Anne Breyer also encouraged young Stephen to be well-rounded and avoid becoming overly bookish. She insisted that Breyer play sports even though he demonstrated little athletic ability. At a camp one summer, Breyer won the nickname Blister King for his tender feet. Still, Stephen Breyer persevered and achieved modest success. At age 12, he attained Eagle Scout and became known as the "troop brain."
"The Blister King" attended public elementary and high schools in San Francisco, including the prestigious Lowell High School, before heading off to Stanford (from which he received his bachelor's degree with "Great Distinction"). Then "The Troop Brain" went off to Oxford as a Marshall Scholar, followed by Harvard Law School and a Supreme Court clerkship with Justice Goldberg. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Although he's originally from the Bay Area, these days Justice Breyer is officially a resident of Massachusetts. As noted here (see item #2), earlier this year he dutifully showed up in Marlborough, MA, for jury service. (Alas, he was not selected.)
Is Justice Breyer off teaching in some exotic locale for the summer, or is he back at One First Street? If the latter, then perhaps he went out earlier today for a celebratory lunch with his clerks? If you have any info about how Justice Breyer (or any other Supreme Court justice) celebrated his birthday, please drop A3G a line!