By Jug Varner
February brings Presidents Day - another in a long line of what I personally consider as needless national holidays. You may have noticed that only government workers have this holiday off. For most of the rest of us it is business as usual.
If I were in charge of setting national holidays, I would limit them to New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. All other categories would be simply a “Remembrance Day,” but governments would not shut down. If people wanted to celebrate any of them, they could do so on their own time and expense.
Obviously I will never be in charge of this, and eventually other national holidays will be added to the list… so let us get back to Presidents Day.
You may have seen the following item about Lincoln and Kennedy before, but it is interesting to review and to contemplate. I do not know its source — it is just one of those things I have kept in my file of oddities over the years.
Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846.
John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.
Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860.
John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.
Both were concerned with civil rights.
Both wives lost a child while living in the White House.
Lincoln's secretary was named Kennedy.
Kennedy's Secretary was named Lincoln.
Southerners named Johnson succeeded both presidents.
Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808.
Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.
Southerners assassinated both.
John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln, was born in 1839.
Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939.
Both assassins were known by their three names.
Both names are composed of fifteen letters.
Both Presidents were shot on a Friday.
Both Presidents were shot in the head.
Lincoln was shot at a theater named Ford.
Kennedy was shot in a car named Lincoln, made by Ford.
Booth ran from the theater and was caught in a warehouse.
Oswald ran from a warehouse and was caught in a theater.
Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials.
A week before Lincoln's assassination, he visited Monroe, Maryland.
A week before Kennedy's assassination, he visited Marilyn Monroe.
Sort of spooky, huh?