Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Holidays for September 4th 2013

Eat an Extra Dessert Day

When it comes to holidays, September 4 is one of the best food holidays of the year! If you’re sweet tooth is aching for a sweet treat to eat, grab your fork! It’s Eat an Extra Dessert Day! While the origins are unknown, the “inventor” of this delicious holiday deserves a great big medal!

Whether you have a hankerin’ for a piece of decadent chocolate, a scoop of cool and refreshing ice cream, a slice of rich and creamy cheesecake or a great big piece of homemade pie, today is the perfect opportunity to satisfy that craving! Not only can you enjoy one portion of your favorite dessert, today you can enjoy an extra piece without any of the guilt! But you better hurry! When word gets out, chances are pretty good there won’t be any leftovers!

Lyric Poetry Day

September 4th is Lyric Poetry Day, a high-brow holiday celebrating choral poetry and odes. According to literary lore, ancient Greek lyric poet Pindar was born on September 4, 518 B.C. Pindar has been credited with creating the ode, a Classical poetic form.

The lyric poem is the most personal and private of the literary genres.  Yet in our century many lyric poems are social in nature, recording the consequences for individuals of institutional injustice and brutality.  Such poems are called ‘poems of witness.’  Their central purpose is to testify to the catastrophic consequences which result from choices which governments and state institutions make, often without thought of those consequences.  Poems of witness testify to the actual – not the imagined – results of war, imprisonment, forced exile, concentration camps, political repression, torture, forced labor, racial or religious repression.

Here is an excerpt from one of Pindar's most famous lyrical poems, "Pythian Three":
I will be small among the small,
great among the great.
The spirit embracing me
from moment to moment I will cultivate,
as I can and as I ought.
And if the gods bestow
abundant wealth on me, then I will hope
to find high glory in days to come.

Why not peruse a volume of Pindar's odes or craft your own lyric poem on September 4th?

National Macadamia Nut Day

Aloha! Did you know that a single macadamia tree produces nuts for over 100 years? The first macadamia nut trees were found in the rainforests of eastern Australia thousands of years ago by the Aborigines.

Today, they are a widely popular nut enjoyed by people across the globe. Though macadamia nuts may be toxic to dogs, they are very nutritious for humans to eat. High in protein and carbohydrates, these nuts also contain calcium, iron, potassium, and dietary fiber. Macadamia nut oil is also found in cosmetics and other skincare products because of its oxidative stability.

Celebrate National Macadamia Nut Day by simply snacking on them or baking a batch of macadamia nut cookies!

Remember, however, that macadamia nuts are poisonous to dogs and many other pets.

National Newspaper Carrier Day

"Extra! Extra! Read all about it." National Newspaper Carrier Day is celebrated on September 4th
International Newspaper Carrier Day is observed on varying dates, and is established by the Newspaper Association of America. Future dates: October 19, 2013, October 18, 2014.
National Newspaper Carrier Day honors everyone  who is now, or once was, a newspaper carrier. The list includes thousands, if not millions, of people. Years ago, this job was primarily populated by kids, from pre-teen through approximately sixteen. At that age, many, but not all, kids moved to restaurant, grocery store and retail type of jobs.
This day commemorates the hiring of the very first newspaper carrier. Newspaper carriers date back to the early 1800s. On September 10, 1833, 10 year old Barney Flaherty became the first newspaper carrier. Benjamin Day, publisher of The New York Sun, hired Barney Flaherty to sell papers for his penny press. The only job requirement, was that he had to show that he could throw a newspaper into the bushes. Now, few kids deliver papers anymore except in small towns. But, but the "Carrier Day" tradition lives. This job is now largely held by adults, many of them delivering the paper from their cars.
Origin of National Newspaper Carrier Day:
We found lots of references and information on National Newspaper Carrier Day.  However, we do not know (yet) who created it.
About International Newspaper Carrier Day:
This day recognizes the importance of newspaper carriers in getting the newspaper each day into the hands of millions of readers. This day honors carriers all over the world, as they deliver the paper diligently in all kinds of weather conditions.  Even President Ronald Reagan got in on the act. On October 6, 1982, he wrote a brief message supporting this day.
We do not know who established International Newspaper Carrier Day. The Newspaper Association of America appears to take some ownership of this holiday, and publishes the dates for this event. They also sponsor an International Newspaper Carrier Week.
Have a very happy National Newspaper Carrier Day! How about watching the 1992 motion picture Newsies (featuring a very young Christian Bale) on Newspaper Carrier Day?

National Wildlife Day

September 4th is National Wildlife Day, an annual “holiday” that raises awareness about the plight of endangered animals around the world.

National Wildlife Day was created by author, celebrity pet lifestyle expert, animal lover and founder of the Animal Miracle Foundation & Network, Colleen Paige.Paige created the special awareness day not only to shine the spotlight on endangered animals, but also to honor the late conservationist and Crocodile Hunter,Steve Irwin.

The Plight of the Animals
The list of endangered animals is staggering. Sadly, many of these magnificent animals are disappearing at an alarming rate. Threats include loss of habitat, pollution, oil spills and poaching, to name a few. It is our responsibility to learn how we can help preserve, protect and save the threatened and endangered creatures before it is too late. Time is critical.
Please visit the IUCN Redlist of Threatened Species, Animal Planet Endangered Species list or the World Wildlife Foundation for more information.

Adopt an Animal in Need
While today is all about wild creatures of all shapes and sizes, today is also a ‘purrfect’ opportunity to adopt a more mild-mannered and manageable-sized animal from a shelter. Due to the current economic conditions and high unemployment, many shelters are inundated with beautiful cats and dogs just waiting to be loved. Please open your heart and your home and give an animal in need a ‘furever’ home.

Kodak's Birthday

On September 4, 1888, exactly 125 years ago, US Patent on Camera (US 388,550) was granted to George Eastman. This invention essentially introduced the novel (then in 19th century) Rolled Photography Film, which was dry, transparent, and flexible, along with the revolutionary Kodak camera that could use such new film. The images below from George Eastman’s patent show the main drawings of camera and first page of the invention description. You may also notice that the patent application was filed on March 30, 1888, just five months before its grant in September 1888.

George Eastman was an amazing inventor and also a talented photographer. He became the founder of the Eastman Kodak company.  His promotional slogan “You press the button, we do the rest“ became the most famous in 1888 for his Kodak camera. In 1883, Eastman had announced the invention of photographic film in rolls. His company, Kodak, was born in 1888, and the first Kodak camera entered the world market. The camera was pre-loaded with film for about 100 exposures. After the film was exposed (i.e. the photographs were taken), the camera was returned to the Kodak company in Rochester, New York, where the film was developed, prints were made, new photographic film was inserted, and then the loaded camera and prints were returned to the customer. Amazing advancement of those days!

George Eastman. Inventor of Camera and Founder of Kodak Company.
On personal front, George Eastman (July 12, 1854 – March 14, 1932) was a great American innovator and entrepreneur, founder of the Eastman Kodak Company and pioneer of the brilliant invention of roll film. The roll film camera enabled the accessibility of photography to normal people and brought photography to the mainstream. Eastman’s Roll film also became the basis for the invention of motion picture film in 1888 by the world’s first film-makers Eadweard Muybridge and Louis Le Prince, and a few years later by their followers Léon Bouly, Thomas Edison, the Lumière Brothers, and Georges Méliès.

This Kodak Camera advertisement appeared in the first issue of The Photographic Herald and Amateur Sportsman, November, 1889. The slogan “You press the button, we do the rest” summed up George Eastman’s ground breaking snapshot camera system.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
George Eastman was also a great philanthropist. During his lifetime, it is estimated that George Eastman donated $100 million (125 years ago, may amount to several billions of today?) to various organizations. Most of this money went to the University of Rochester and to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, under the alias “Mr. Smith”. It is sad that in the last few years of his life, George Eastman suffered with chronic pain due to a spine illness. On March 14, 1932, George Eastman shot himself in the heart, leaving a note which read:

“To my friends: my work is done. Why wait?”.
On this special occasion of 125th anniversary of Roll Film Camera Invention, we respectfully salute the brilliant inventor George Eastman and his amazing revolutionary invention of Camera.

Beetle Bailey Day

Beetle Bailey is slouching toward retirement age, but the lazy Army private won't be getting rest anytime soon from his tour of duty on newspaper comics pages.

The indolent wise guy, whose popularity soared when he enlisted during the Korean War, turns 63 today. Mort Walker has been imaging Beetle every day for all those decades and says he'll continue with his creation until he's no longer able.

"I don't know how I'd be retired," said Walker, 86. "I wake up every day with another idea."
The genial gags by Beetle and the cast of characters -- Sarge and his dog, Otto, Gen. Amos Halftrack, Miss Buxley and others -- are followed seven days a week by readers in 1,800 newspapers, which is "astronomically huge," said Brendan Burford, comics editor at King Features, the strip's syndicating service.

Charles Schulz, who created and worked on the enormously popular Peanuts strip for nearly 50 years before his death in 2000, came close to Walker's longevity. But "no one has worked on the same strip for 60 years with that kind of consistency," Burford said.
"He's definitely in a pretty seriously elite class," he said.

King Features has been celebrating Beetle's anniversary by running Sunday cartoons by Walker of Beetle re-enacting military events in history, such as celebrating the end of World War II or crossing the Delaware with George Washington.
The commemorative strips put Beetle in different venues, but Walker said he has otherwise kept Beetle as is over the decades.

"He's still pretty much lazy," he said. "I haven't changed him a tremendous amount because I think that's his character that I want to keep. He represents the little man in all of us."
"Beetle is the embodiment of everybody's resistance to authority, all the rules and regulations which you've got to follow," Walker said. "He deals with it in his own way. And in a way, it's sort of what I did when I was in the Army. I just oftentimes did what I wanted to do."

Beetle Bailey, originally called Spider, made his comic-strip debut as a smart aleck college student on Sept. 4, 1950, in 12 newspapers, according to King Features. It considered dropping the strip at the end of Walker's one-year contract, but when Beetle stumbled into an Army recruiting post in 1951 during the Korean War, the number of newspapers that picked up Beetle climbed.

Andrew Farago, curator of the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, which is marking Beetle's anniversary with an exhibit, said Beetle, his pals and their uncomplicated gags have become familiar friends to readers over the years.

"I think people find that really comforting," he said. Not everyone. Some women have been angry about the caricature of a dumb blond secretary, the curvaceous Miss Buxley, Walker said. "The women's right groups got so riled up against me they had a national agenda of attacking me," Walker said. Burford said as an editor he wants artists "to work creatively and make people laugh and smile," but had to restrain Walker at times. "Sometimes you have to pull back on this leash," he said. "As the rights of women increased, he became more sensitive to it."

Still, as the newspaper industry retrenches, editors have not axed Beetle, Burford said.
"Newspapers don't want to cut features that readers love," he said. Joe Schiesl, 72, a retired National Weather Service meteorologist in Manassas, Va., said he has been reading Beetle Bailey since he was in the ROTC and Air Force in the 1950s. "The characters, you have those in any organization," he said. "You have deadbeats like Beetle, and then you have people on their case like the sergeant." "I like it because it's funny. It perks you up every day," Schiesl said. Walker, born in El Dorado, Kan., earned $1 for his first cartoon at age 11 during the Depression. It was a big raise from the 10 cents an hour he was paid delivering to a local drugstore, leading him to see cartooning as "where the real money is." He now works out of his spacious Connecticut home in a study stuffed with golf trophies, cartoon awards, figurines of Beetle and his Army pals, numerous photos of celebrities on the wall, Beetle refrigerator magnets and a clock with Beetle and other characters from the strip.

Walker, his two sons and Jerry Dumas, a colleague of 55 years, meet for an hour once a month to brainstorm gags for the comic strip. "Then we go to lunch and play golf," he said.
Each of the four men proposes 30 gags, which are winnowed down until there are just enough strips to be used in a month. Walker rewrites them to try to improve the gags, he said.

Dumas, a veteran cartoonist who draws the strip Sam and Silo and drew for The New Yorker, said the "gag conference" has always been enjoyable. "You sit down with a sheet of paper and pen. You just doodle," he said. "You come up with a picture you haven't come up with before. That's the hard part." Producing a cartoon every day for 60 years isn't easy, but Walker knows how to entertain Beetle's millions of fans.
"I found that what they want is a laugh every day," he said. "They want funny pictures."