According to Wikipedia, Father’s day was established in 1910 by a daughter who felt that, in the wake of the popularity of Mother’s day that fatherhood needed some props too. It gained first national recognition by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916.
Of course, there was a lot of scorn, fear, and laughter about the holiday in the early days. Congress resisted passing a law recognizing it for fear that it would be commercialized, which is exactly what happened in the late 1930′s. The first real national proclamation honoring Father’s day came in 1966 by President Johnson, and President Nixon made the day official in 1972 by signing a bill passed by Congress making it official.
So, there ya go. Take some time to thank dear old dad for all the good times, like that time he built the swing set and there were way too many pieces and parts left over making it as safe as a North Korean sweatshop, or that time he tried to make breakfast for the family, only to nearly burn the whole house down, which resulted in a family tradition of going to the Shoney’s breakfast bar.
Ahh memories. Ok, it’s time for some coffee.
Don’t say you weren’t warned. As Trace noted yesterday, there has been some consternation expressed about the timing of TNDP press releases. Do I have an opinion about it? You betcha, but I’ll follow their advice and wait until Monday or Tuesday to do it. /snark
Southern Beale is all over the TVA for shuttering a successful program for being too successful.
A referendum for single source funding? Sounds like a good idea, but…aww just read the article.
The Clarksville Coffee Party meets today.
Enjoy Father’s day tomorrow, and have a great weekend. We’ll be back on Monday, rip, roarin’ and ready to go!