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Monday, July 4, 2016

The "July 4th: Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie and Chevrolet" Story

Baseball: Grandson Caden delivers a pitch
It was an ordinary day.  That is, if you consider the Fourth of July an ordinary day.  Did you know that for the first 15 or 20 years after the Declaration of Independence was written, people didn't consider July 4th anything but just an ordinary day.  Just seemed that too many other events were happening in the young nation to single out one day to celebrate our independence.  
Can't you just taste it
But, by the 1790s, the Declaration had become controversial.  The Democratic-Republicans (yes, at one time they agreed on everything and were one party) admired Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration while the Federalists thought the Declaration was too French and anti-British.  Then in 1817 John Adams complained that America seemed uninterested in its past.  Shortly the Federalist party began to come apart and the new parties of the 1820s and 1830s all considered themselves inheritors of Jefferson and the Democratic-Republicans.  
Or, how about this?
Copies of the Declaration began to surface once again.  They all had the date of July 4, 1776 on the top.  The deaths of Jefferson and Adams on July 4, 1826, helped to promote the idea that July 4 was an important date to be celebrated.  Celebrations cropped up here and there until in 1870, almost a hundred years after the Declaration of Independence was written, Congress declared July 4 to be a national holiday.  And that, dear readers, is why, I guess, that today is anything but ordinary.  
Just had to stop and take his photo!
Then along comes radio, TV and the Internet and advertising comes into every home.  And what advertise- ment wouldn't be successful if it didn't feature something to remind us of our heritage.  And … naturally our heritage has the game of baseball, the food known as hot dogs, the all-time best treat in apple pie and one of the most American iconic cars ever built in the United States, the Chevrolet Corvette.  So on this special day in history, I proclaim that the tune known as "Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie and Chevrolet" become a reminder of our heritage once again.  The song was written in 1975 by Ed Labunski, known as the Polish Cowboy in the jingle world, and became one of the most well known car commercials of all time.  So click on the link below and listen to the USA's iconic song that will remind you of our country's heritage and the Fourth of July all over again.  It was another extraordinary day in the life of an ordinary guy.   PS - Oh yeah! Today is my daughter's birthday. What a firecracker day that was years ago. Won't say how many years ago in case she tunes in here to see what I have posted today. Happy Birthday, Brynn.  Love You!!




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