This week: Obama, Netanyahu meet and PBS’ birthday

CHICAGO, September 28, 2013 — Conferences on energy independence and cell phones as medical devices may make the week seem a bit droll, but appearances by Charlie Brown and the Flintstones lighten things up a bit.

Sunday, Sept. 29  Coffee Day  (Are there days without it?)

2013- A new animated show based on the Paul Frank monkey, Julius Jr., premiers on Nick Jr. The show’s goal is to encourage inventiveness in preschoolers, not to get them attached to that adorable sock-monkey mascot at an early, impressionable age.

1916- John D. Rockefeller became the first billionaire, and in 2008- the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 777.68 points, sending a few billionaires back to the ranks of millionaires. Interesting day for the 1%.

Monday, Sept. 30  Mud Pack Day

2013- According to an anonymous Israeli official, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with President Obama to discuss Iran’s nuclear program. If it’s not chemical weapons in Syria, it’s nukes in Iran.

1960- America’s children lost Howdy Doody as Clarabelle the Clown said “Goodbye, Kids,” but they gained the Flintstones as the first prime-time animated show debuted.

Tuesday, Oct. 1  When the first day of Pizza Month is Vegetarian Day, do you have to skip the pepperoni?

2013- Forget government shutdowns and medical insurance exchanges. Today is opening day for the National Hockey League. Will Chicago’s Blackhawks earn a repeat Stanley Cup?

1919- Speaking of Chicago sports, the 1919 Major League Baseball World Series, which started on October 1, is less remembered for being the first best-of-nine series than for the eight White Sox players who threw the series in the Black Sox gambling scandal.

Wednesday, Oct. 2  Balloons Around the World Day

2013- The Fuel Freedom Foundation will host a webinar featuring co-founder Eyal Aronoff’s discussion “Is Energy Independence Really Possible in the United States?” Possible, yes. Probable, no.

1950- Charlie Brown, Shermy and Peppermint Patty star in the first Peanuts comic strip. Snoopy joined them two days later.

Thursday, Oct. 3  Virus Appreciation Day (Um…No. Cough, cough.)

2013- Is your cell phone a medical device? In the wake of Biosense Technologies’ iPhone app uCheck, which performs urinalysis tests relating to 25 medical conditions such as diabetes and urinary tract infections, FDAnews is hosting a Medical Device Mobile Apps virtual conference to help clarify exactly when an app turns your cell phone into a medical device subject to regulation. The real question, though, is why they need a conference. Couldn’t they just make an app for that?

1945- The runner-up at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show singing contest won $5 and a free ticket to all the Fair rides. Ten-year-old Elvis Presley was now on his way. (Video of an older Elvis performing his contest winning song below. Grab a hankie first; it’s a tear-jerker.)

Friday, Oct. 4  Smile Day

2013- People on six continents will participate in the March for Elephants, which their website says are only ten years away from extinction, to raise awareness of poaching and shut down the ivory trade.

1883- Europe and Turkey were linked by rail with the first running of the Orient Express. Quick: Who committed Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express?

Saturday, Oct. 5  Teachers’ Day (It’s hard to give the teacher an apple on a Saturday.)

2013- Second annual Star Wars Reads Day, a nationwide celebration of literacy and all things Jedi.

1970- PBS became a television network. Big Bird hasn’t been killed yet.

That’s what’s happening Here, There and Everywhere. Go make your day unique!


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In addition to her work at The Communities, Julia Goralka is a free-lance novel editor and has served as a volunteer board member or committee member for several local charitable organizations. Prior to writing and editing, Julia was the Division Coordinator for the interest rate derivatives marketing desk at a large financial institution based in Chicago.

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