September 11th No News Is Good News Day

How many times do you actually hear good news? The newspapers, television, and internet fill us with all the bad news. And frankly, there is probably more bad news than good news anymore. It seems like when we try so hard to make the world a better place we end up just making it worse! Maybe we should just let it be the way it is, and the news will get better. Or, at least for today, you can turn off all the bad news from reaching you and just have a good day on your own! After all, life is what you make it and sometimes not knowing everything that’s going on can be good for you!

How to celebrate – Do not read your newspaper. Do not watch the television news. Spend the day in nature.

April 18th National Columnists Day

This is National Columnists Day. It’s all about those people who write columns in newspapers, magazines and other publications.

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Believe it or not, sometimes it can be a dangerous job. April 18th was picked by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists in 1977 to honor reporter Ernie Pyle, who died on April 18th, 1945 while on the front lines in World War 2.  He was loved by the troops, the Generals and the American public.  His reports were not given from what he had heard someone else say but what he had seen for himself.

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How to celebrate – Honor those columnists that you know put their lives on the line to report from the frontlines. Read a newspaper! (a lost art these days!) Check out the reporters that have been honored for their work for years.

May 5th Cartoonists Day

Cartoonists work in a large medium that includes animation, comic strips, comic books, editorial cartoons, graphic novels, manuals, gag cartoons, graphic design, illustration, storyboards, posters, shirts, books, advertisements, greeting cards, magazines, newspapers, and video game packaging.

William Hograth is credited with pioneering the Western sequential art. The cartoon we know best is the comic strip.  Many of us remember  “Peanuts”, “Blondie” and  “Beetle Bailey” from the newspaper every Sunday. Some comics came in single panels, reflecting the deeper thoughts of society at the time, such as the featured comic above done by Thomas Nash during the American Civil War. Most are funny, some are political, others are very serious. Nash covered the war from its highs and lows, saying in the newspapers, what others were afraid to say out-loud. He could also be humorous, such as when Nash created the Elephant for the G.O.P..004tnast

Among other great political cartoonists were James Gillray and Thomas Rowlandson in 18th century England. In the US, Ben Franklin is credited with being the first editor to put a comic in a newspaper.

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The twentieth century was filled with freelance cartoonists such as Charles Addams, Irwin Caplan, Chon Day, Clyde Lamb and John Norment, and of course, the comic strips which we are all familiar with such as those created by Mort Walker, who preferred to produce his comic strips with a studio, and Bill Watterson and Charles Schultz, who enjoyed doing their work alone.political_cartoon_by_queenmari

Marvel, D.C. Comics, Classics Illustrated, and so many other comic book companies have hired, and in some cases still do, so many cartoonists that it would be nearly impossible to list them all. Yet each one of them is truly an artist that creates a world we may not be able to live in, but we sure enjoy looking at.

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How to celebrate Cartoonist Day: Look over the comics in the newspapers and magazines that you read, but this time, be sure to make a mental note of who the artist was that created it. Watch an animated movie, make sure you pay attention to the credits at the end of the film.  Try drawing your own cartoon, see just how difficult it can be!

April 18th Newspaper Columnist Day

On April 18th, 1977, the National Society of Newspaper Columnist created “Newspaper Columnist Day” in honor of Ernie Pyle, a front line journalist who lost his life on Okinawa during World War 2.  He was literally on the front lines, looking up over a ridge when he was shot and killed.

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While the holiday is unofficial, it is recognized by those in the industry as a day to honor themselves for all they do, they would like your admiration as well.  Their credo is to Inform People, Create Public Opinion, Keep those in power accountable to the people and to Bring light to stories that might not otherwise be told.

For as long as their have been newspapers, their have been columnist.  Frank Leslie put reporters in the field during the civil war to report on what they saw.  The oldest newspaper  in the world is the Ordinary Post Tijdender in Sweden which has been in operation since 1645. I wonder how many columnist they have gone through!?!

Believe them or not, they are the ones (hopefully) on the frontlines finding out for those of us sitting at home, what is going on in the world.  They are due that respect, so long as they keep their personal opinions out of the subject, they deserve.  Their job is to report the news and let us decide, not tell us how we are supposed to think.

Here’s a list of those they admire the most themselves.  You can decide whether they should be on the list or not (Cause I’m not gonna tell you!).  Walter Winchell, Mike Royko, Art Buchwald, Irv Kupcinet, William Safire, Art Rooney, Carl Bernstein, Ed Bradley, David Brinkley, Tom Brokaw, William F. Buckley Jr., Walter Cronkite, Ernest Hemingway, Peter Jennings, Ted Koppel, Charles Kuralt, Bill Moyer, Edward R. Murrow, Dan Rather, John Steinbeck, Gloria Steinem, Dorothy Thompson, Barbara Walters and Bob Woodward.

How to celebrate:  Read a newspaper (If you can actually find one in print anymore), listen to those reporters you usual listen to and try to decide if they are reporting the news or telling you what to think, try sending the reporter what you think, see if they report that!