There’s something of a gulf, here on the heels of St. Patrick’s Day, until the next mainstream holiday… and even then, it revolves around candy and eggs. Thankfully, the folks at Chase’s Calendar of Events– since 1957, the go-to source for special days of any specific gravity– have a list to which one can resort… For instance, Chase’s observes, today is:
Flag Day (in Aruba)
National Biodiesel Day
Absolutely Incredible Kid Day
Awkward Moments Day
Companies That Care Day
There’s bound to be something in there that calls for a celebratory drink.
Or one can take the longer view, and honor what’s special about the Month. (For instance, March is, among many other distinctions, National Frozen Food Month– now that’s the stuff that parties are made of!)
As we ask our cleaners for rush service on our lederhosen, we might temper our partying impulses with the reminder that Peter Graves– “Jim Phelps” in both TV runs of Mission Impossible and “Jim Newton” in Fury, among over 70 other TV and movie roles– died four days ago; he was born on this date 84 years ago.
The Graves family name was originally “Aursnes,” but was changed to “Arness” on immigration. Peter took the stage name “Graves”; but his older brother stuck with the family handle– which television viewers saw for 20 years in credits of Gunsmoke: “Marshall Matt Dillon – James Arness.”