We are so fortunate to have Sue, our creative wizard, in charge of the displays in the Bookstore. This week’s Fathers’ Day is particularly fun. There are great books on tools, camping, woodworking, fishing and other ‘manly’ stuff!
FYI: In the USA, Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June (June 20th this year). Modern Father’s Day was invented by Sonora Smart Dodd, born in Creston, Washington. Her father, the veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who reared his six children in Spokane, Washington.
She suggested June 5, her father’s birthday, but there wasn’t enough time to make arrangements, so the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June. The first June Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in Spokane, WA, at the YMCA.
Support was immediate and widespread from such figures as William Jennings Bryant. President Wilson Woodrow Wilson was personally feted by his family in 1916. President Calvin Coolidge (Vermont) recommended it as a national holiday in 1924. In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson made Father’s Day a holiday although it was not officially recognized until 1972.
Retailers have adapted to the holiday by promoting greeting cards and traditionally male-oriented gifts such as electronics. Mother’s Day is more popular for phone calls than Father’s Day, but the percentage of collect calls on Father’s Day is much higher, making it the busiest day of the year for collect calls. They also talk longer than average phone calls.