10/10/11

Columbus Gets No Respect These Days

Christoforo Colombo
In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue! In honor of this historic trip, we choose to observe Columbus Day today. This is a bit traumatic for me, since in my youth we always observed Columbus Day on October 12th. It used to be an important holiday complete with a parade followed by a speech at monument erected in his honor. For some reason or other the Christopher Columbus monument was in East Utica. It may have had something to with East Utica being heavily populated by Italian Americans. Columbus got a lot of respect in those days. After all  he was credited with discovering America. Now it seems some Viking preceded him and Columbus was an also ran. Columbus still gets some respect as a navigator and so far a pseudo holiday is still named after him. About the only business shut down today is the U. S. mail. That's not surprising, rumor has it that the USPS will be celebrating a lot of mail holidays. All is not lost as far as celebrating Columbus Day is concerned. The high primal has a celebration all planned. We're off to Macy's for the Columbus Day sale! Thanks Chris, for nothing.

( Worth a read - Whatever Happened To Columbus Day?)

1 comment:

Charles Leck said...

Tony, I stopped allowing myself any worthy feelings for Columbus after reading the extraordinary PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES by Howard Zinn. Mr. Zinn painted an ugly picture of Christopher C. and I've wondered about the man ever since. But how I, too, remember the big deal we used to make out of 12 October. Schools in NYC were closed on Monday to celebrate the extraordinary voyage. Chas