Smith celebrates umpteenth birthday

Saturday, September 7th, 2002 - 2:29 pm PDT

The Rev. Brendan Powell Smith celebrated his umpteenth birthday today with a small gathering of his closest celebrity friends. “Friends,” said Smith, “ten years ago, if you had told me I would even live to see my umpteenth birthday, I would have kicked you in the shins and told you you were crazy. But now that I stand here amongst you, barely kept alive by these two breathing mechanisms they call ‘lungs’, I know for the first time in my life just what it feels like to be umpteen. Thank you, and goodnight.”