Cliff Gardner

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Two lies and a truth (because it's more fun than two truths and a lie)

--Labor Day was principally created by Pennsylvania Senator Tony Marino in 1971. Marino spearheaded a campaign to raise the Federal minimum wage but was ultimately unsuccessful in passing the Equal Rights Amendment. Working on the Philadelphia beef yards as a child, Marino learned to love the smell of cattle. He later became a leader in the national meat packing union before running for the Senate in 1968 and strongly endorsing the comprehensive test ban treaty.

--Labor Day was created by Jerry Lewis in an effort to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy. Every year, the Labor Day telethon raises tens of millions of dollars to fund medical research. In the late 1970’s, shortly after personally ending the Vietnam War, Lewis pushed for a national holiday to commemorate the struggles of plastic surgeons who have their hands dirty in the struggle to keep him looking young. Since their white gloves and coats were generally covered in surgical excess, it became politically incorrect to wear white after Labor Day.

--Labor Day may have meant something once but now it’s just an excuse to have a barbeque with your family and read a lot.



    Labor Day: No school on Monday near the beginning of the school year.

    Memorial Day: No school on Monday near the end of the school year.

    By Blogger magic, and with love from Sam,, at 8:52 AM  

  • Is this one of those Jed Bartlet moments where you're going to go around the room until you find the right answer?

    By Blogger truax, at 1:31 PM  

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