Ridley's Believe It Or Not—October 14, 2014: Trust your tax returns on the eve of the last day to file your 2013 return have been prepared and filed and that your Tuesday is proving to be a good one and that you enjoy the holidays, factoids and quotes from John Wooden, with a smile on your sunscreened face, imbued with willpower to avoid a huge desert, blessed with a positive attitude, and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for a memorable event or the coming Christmas, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem tailored to the event and the recipient.
1. World Standards Day—honoring since 1946 the efforts of thousands of experts to create awareness among regulators, businesses and consumers of the importance of standardization in the global economy.
2. national lower case day—celebrating not the freedom from having to hit the shift key but rather the birthday on this day in 1894 of American poet, playwright, and novelist Edward Estlin Cummings whose work includes over 2900 poems and signed off as e e cummings in lower case like many of his poems.
3. Wizard Day—honoring the birthday on this day in 1910 of one of the great coaches and motivators of men of all time, the Wizard of Westwood, John Wooden.
4. Hit the Road Day—celebrating not the song Hit the Road Jack, but rather the birthday on this day in 1890 of Dwight Eisenhower Five Star General and supreme commander of Allied Forces in Europe in WWII, 34th President of the United States and moving force behind the Interstate Highway System and if Obama needs a defense to his golfing forays an avid golfer who brought golf to the White House and played 800 rounds while in office (only 600 more and Obama will surpass him).
5. National Desert Day—celebrating exactly what you do not need if trying to lose weight unless it is a small bowl of berries.
On this day in
a. 1964 Martin Luther King, Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize for combating discrimination with nonviolence.
b. 1972 President Reagan declared a War on Drugs—sadly we lost and continue to lose.
c. 1979 the first Gay Rights March was held in Washington D.C. with 200,000 people in attendance.
d. 1994 PLO leader Yasser Arafat, the Prime Minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin, and the Foreign Minister of Israel Simon Peres share in the Nobel Peace Prize for bringing about the Oslo Accords; sadly as the events in Gaza proved this summer the Palestinians and Israelis still have a lot of work to do.
Three great Woodenisms from the Wizard of Westwood for reflection:
"You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you."
"What you are as a person is far more important than what you are as a basketball player."
"Winning takes talent; to repeat takes character." John Wooden
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