Born this day in 1943, Sam Shepard must surely have the "right stuff." Playwright, actor, director, and banjo player, the man is amazing. He won the Pulitzer for his play, Buried Child (see clip below), and was nominated for an Oscar for his role as Chuck Yeager in the film version of Tom Wolfe's nonfiction novel, The Right Stuff. He's been on the cover of Newsweek and is a member of the august American Academy of Arts and Letters. His contributions to art and literature include short stories, essays, memoirs. Turning 70 today, he shows no sign of letting up. Not bad for a kid from Illinois who dropped out of agriculture school to become part of a repertory acting group. He's proof positive of what Mark Twain's famous dictum: "I try never to let my schooling interfere with my education." In the second clip, you'll see a very young Gary Sinese partnered with the ageless John Malkovich in True West. Happy birthday, Maestro!