Always the 2nd Sunday in December, International Children’s Day is one of many days we use to make sure children are getting the best out of the world they can get. This version was created by UNICEF and the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences to promote good programing for children of television. I am not sure who the judge is if this, I think they fail as much as they succeed, but at least the thought it there! It’s motto is, “tune in to kids”.
How to celebrate – Watch some television programs with your kids to see the messages they give. Learn more about UNICEF. Teach your children well.
Remember back when Johnny Carson was the King of late night tv? He was on from 1962 through 1992, 1,859 episodes. Remember back when tv talk show hosts were entertainers and not political hacks! Oh sure, I know our future is funny and who knows better than a talk show host about what we should do and not do politically. At least for me, if they believe in a platform I pretty well know it’s not something I should believe in! Oh well, if they don’t want to do their jobs, which is to entertain everyone, it just gives us one less crooked voice to have to listen to.
How to celebrate – Turn off your tv and get some sleep, they aren’t going to say anything important anyway. Wish Johnny Carson a happy birthday, even dead he’s funnier than most of the new hosts. Invest in radio.
In an era when most of the news we get is some sort of bad news perhaps the idea should be to turn off your radio, television, stop the newspapers and don’t listen to anyone wanting to update you on the latest events. Between Wars, Pandemics, Shootings and Illegal Aliens enough is sort of enough. Just consider the past. All of this stuff happened in the past, we just didn’t hear about it and as such, we didn’t think it actually happened. The bury your head in the sand idea. It certainly didn’t lend to someone copycatting another crime of some sort.
How to celebrate – Turn off the news, just for today. Do not get your mail for a day. Do not listen to what anyone says during the day.
The Twilight Zone has been one of the most widely known mystery shows of all time. It began in 1959 with Rod Serling as host and ran until 1964. Those 5 years though seem to have created a following that lasts even well into the 2020’s now. It is not without its problems though as the movie in 1983 met with disaster and death while filming. Today is the day we remember the Zone, but apparently no one claims to have created the day. Huh, maybe we are all in the Twilight Zone and just don’t know it.
How to celebrate – Watch reruns of “The Twilight Zone”. Take a look at all the stars that were featured in the “Twilight Zone”. Read the “Twilight Zone” books.
The Twilight Zone premiered October 1st, 1959 with Rod Serling as it’s host from 1959-1964. It was a ground breaking show in it’s day although most would be considered pretty mundane these days. (Although there were some episodes that are even state of the art today!) What may be even more of a story line for Twilight Zone Day is, why May 11th? It is a mystery all on it’s own. If you are too young to have ever seen the series its still on reruns and is well worth the effort.
How to celebrate – Watch The Twilight Zone. Study Rod Serling’s career as the show host. Watch the Twilight Zone movie.
Okay, so the picture is of a talk radio guy but same difference (Or sort of anyway) Today is the day we celebrate all those TV talk show hosts that fill our screens with a never ending stream of generally entertaining but useless information. That’s not a slight, it’s their job to entertain us, not educate us. (Though some throw some educational things in there as well.) The “King of Late Night Television” is Johnny Carson, who entertained us from 1962 to 1992. 1,859 episodes. I have had the pleasure of coming to know one of his producers, Rick Traum, and if he is any example of the show it must have been a real class act, I have met few men more honorable than he.
How to celebrate – Make a list of all the tv talk show hosts you can name. Watch old Johnny Carson clips on You Tube. Decide who your favorite TV Talk Show Host is.
Boy, if someone needs a hug these days it’s the news reporters. For the most part a good reporter is a very hard working person. Some have allowed their personal views to influence their reports but most still try to just report. It’s a tough job, rarely at home, unable to maintain relationships, often in dangerous places… it’s rewarding but taxing. The biggest issues seem to come when they feel they are bigger than the story they are reporting. Then it does become a problem. So give them a hug and remind them they are human, no better and no worse than the rest of us.
How to celebrate – If you know a reporter, hug them. Support those on social media that are actually doing their jobs. Find a reporter you know you can trust.
If you don’t celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa or Ramadan there is still one holiday you can still celebrate, it was created by Daniel O’Keefe (A writer on the Seinfeld show) on December 18, 1997 for the character Kramer, it’s Festivus. No, it doesn’t really stand for anything for those who don’t really believe in anything. It is symbolized by an aluminum pole with no other decorations on it, meatloaf as a dinner meal and a feat of strength after the meal. I suppose there are those that celebrate Festivus even though it doesn’t really exist. Even the date is wrong, it should be December 18th, not December 23rd. But does it matter? The clear answer is, no.
How to celebrate – Celebrate Festivus when ever you want. Find something you believe in so you don’t have to celebrate Festivus. Watch re-runs of Seinfeld.
Oct. 21st Day of Wonder
If you guessed that today celebrate Wonder Woman you are right! Did you know she’s over 75 years old!?! She began her world saving career in All Star Comics #8 as Princess Diana of Themyscira, where ever that is. Among her special powers of super strength, voice impressions and ability to turn really nice circles, she has her lasso of truth. I have heard that the lasso also gave her the other powers she has but I cannot confirm that. It seems our early heroes had to come from another planet where they were normal but when reaching earth they suddenly had super powers. Seems to be a pretty common theme with Superman having the same advantages over us weak humans. What isn’t weak about us earthlings is how rich we made the creators of these fictitious characters.
How to celebrate – Find some Wonder Woman comics. Watch the old reruns of Wonder Woman. Create your own new superhero.
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.