(Originally posted on Saturday, June 13, 2009)
“I don’t care how poor a man is; if he has family, he’s rich.”
— M*A*S*H, Colonel Potter
Father’s Day was first proposed in either 1908 (Dr. Robert Webb, West Virginia) or 1909 (Sonora Smart Dobb, Washington) but didn’t become a national holiday until 1966. It was a day honoring fathers and father figures like Stepfathers, Uncles, Grandfathers, or “Big Brothers. In the United States, it is celebrated on the third Sunday of June; it is celebrated in other ways and on other dates world-wide. In any case, it is a day on which we celebrate the influence of the significant male in our lives.
Some Top TV Dads…
- Ward Cleaver (“Leave It to Beaver“)
- Ben Cartwright (“Bonanza“)
- Andy Taylor (“The Andy Griffith Show“)
- Archie Bunker (“All in the Family“)
- Mike Brady (“The Brady Bunch“)
- Howard Cunningham (“Happy Days“)
- Heathcliff Huxtable (“The Cosby Show“)
- Steven Keaton (“Family Ties“)
- Ray Barone (“Everybody Loves Raymond“)
We will be examining quotes by the famous or that make significant points about the important influences in our lives. Please feel free to add your experiences as comments to these notes. You may examine some of the background of this holiday at Father’s Day on the Net – The History of Father’s Day.