Happy Father’s Day to everyone from TRB. A quick Googling turned up some interesting facts about the holiday…
It was started in Tacoma, Washington by a woman named Sonora Smart. She and her siblings, who were raised by their widower father, wanted to honor him for his sacrifices and hard work. His Birthday was in June and so was the first Father’s Day – June of 1910.
There was a National Father’s Day Committee formed in New York City in 1926. It was not until 1956 that a joint resolution in Congress oficially recognized the day. The holiday’s permanent observation status began when President Nixon signed it into law – it would be the third Sunday of every June.
Here are some great fatherhood quotes:
“The father is always a Republican toward his son, and his mother’s always a Democrat.” ~Robert Frost
“The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get.” – Tim Russert
“My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” – Clarence Budington Kelland
“Sherman made the terrible discovery that men make about their fathers sooner or later… that the man before him was not an aging father but a boy, a boy much like himself, a boy who grew up and had a child of his own and, as best he could, out of a sense of duty and, perhaps love, adopted a role called Being a Father so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a Protector, who would keep a lid on all the chaotic and catastrophic possibilities of life.”
– Tom Wolfe, The Bonfire of the Vanities
Enjoy the day!