Monday, July 29, 2013

On Tuesday, get your father-in-law a paperback, or maybe a nice cheesecake

Most of the Usual Suspects agree that tomorrow, Tuesday, July 30, will be Father-in-Law Day. Usual Suspect is among those who also suggests that tomorrow will be Paperback Book Day.

We don't know about you, but, when we think of this, our internal soundtrack automatically cues up a song by the Beatles:

Dear Sir or Madam, will you read my book?
It took me years to write, will you take a look?
It's based on a novel by a man named Lear
And I need a job, so I want to be a paperback writer....

Perhaps paperback books are viewed today as somewhat quaint -- nearly obsolete -- given that so many books can be crammed into those ubiquitous reading devices one sees while riding the bus or train.

But for all their advantages,
those Kindles and Nooks
can draw the attention of villains and crooks

Well, perhaps we won't branch into poetry.  But, the point is that no thief is likely to snatch a paperback from your hands as you read in the subway.  And a paperback book ruined at the beach is a lot easier to replace than a reader.  Just sayin'....

Tuesday is also National Cheesecake Day. Cheesecake would make a nice gift for your father-in-law, too.

In Chicago, Eli's Cheesecake is perhaps the place to go for cheesecake.

We mentioned Eli's last year on National Cheesecake Day and soon thereafter received one of our first real emails, from Eli's President, Marc Schulman. He offered to send us a sample -- which was very nice. We couldn't accept, of course, but we were thrilled that our then-brand new site had already attracted some attention. We take this opportunity to thank you publicly, Mr. Schulman.

Jimmy Hoffa disappeared on July 30, 1975. Despite a flurry of rumors earlier this year, and some new excavation, Mr. Hoffa is still missing.

Casey Stengel was born on July 30, 1890. Also celebrating birthdays on July 30 are MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Paul Anka.

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