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Deference to doting dads

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By John Pawlak

A day of recognition.  A day of relaxation. A day of spilt lighter fluids, burnt fingers, steaks charred beyond recognition, and ubiquitous outdoor cursing.  Yes, it’s that time of the year again.  Father’s Day is nearly upon us.
  Its history is often debated.  Most references credit Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Washington, for the inception of Father’s Day. Having been raised by her father, she decided that fathers should have a day of celebration just like mothers.  The idea was quickly encouraged by lobbying charcoal and grill companies and the first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910.  
In 1966, President Johnson made it an official national holiday and in 1972, President Nixon established the third Sunday of June to be Father’s Day.
You know, I’ve always wondered why Father’s Day wasn’t set as Washington’s birthday.  After all, he was the father of our country, right?  Man, that really must have put a strain on his marriage.


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