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Dad and his day.

Grab Bag - Misc.How did dad get his very own day you ask? According to the internet, father’s day is credited to Sonora Dodd of Washington. Sonora decided in 1910 to honor her father, a widowed Civil War veteran who raised Sonora as a single parent in rural eastern Washington State. Inspired by a Mother's Day sermon she heard at church in 1909, Sonora, one of six children also wanted to honor her father. Sonora Dodd died in 1978 at age 96 and is buried in Spokane Washington.

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Dr. Robert Webb at the Central Church of Fairmont in West Virginia may have conducted the first Father’s Day service in 1908. Harry Meek, president of the Chicago Lions’ Club branch created the first Father’s Day with his organization in 1915 on the third Sunday of June, a date close to his birthday.

In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea and in 1926, the National Father's Day Committee met for the first time in New York City.

In 1956, Congress passed a Joint Resolution recognizing the observance of Father's Day. That same year, President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation making Father's Day an official national holiday.

As a side note, in 1994 President Bill Clinton launched a gender neutral "Parent's Day" to be celebrated on the last Sunday in July. It never took off.

At 55 years of “official age, Fathers day is younger than a few of us.
So what do you want for father’s day?
A new Tie?
Someone to cook on the barbeque?
What about a free day in front of the TV?
A reprieve from the honey- do list?

Me, I want the sun at high noon shining brightly, the sky painted with shades of blue, a warm breeze, Miata’s in front of me, Miata’s in my rear view mirror all driving on a yet to be discovered twisty road.

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