Ask Not What Your Socks Can Do For You…

Happy Birthday #35!  On May 29, 1917, President John F. Kennedy was born in Brookline, MA.

President Kennedy’s legacy includes a Pulitzer Prize for his book Profiles in Courage.  Though, maybe Jack should have also written children’s books.  In a 2011 interview, his daughter, Caroline, recounts his story-telling skills.

My father was spectacular at making up stories. And he used to tell me about a purple shark…. He said there was a purple shark that used to follow the Honey Fitz[the small presidential yacht]. It liked to eat socks. My father would make people throw their socks overboard, and they’d disappear. He’d say, “See? See? Did you see the purple shark? He ate the socks!” And I’d go [gasps like a child], “I don’t really see him. Oh, oh, I think I see him! Look, the socks are gone, so it must have been the shark that ate the socks!” Those stories were fantastic.

Here’s to President Kennedy and to purple sharks.

     

Happy Birthday Superman!

It’s a bird!  It’s a plane!  It’s a man in spandex and underwear leaping over tall buildings in a single bound!

On April 18, 1938 the first issue of “Action Comics” was published.  This also marked the first appearance of Superman and launched the superhero comic genre.

Action Comics 1.jpgRaid your grandma’s attic, because Action Comics #1 is considered the most valuable comic of all time.  In 2014, a copy sold for over Three Million Dollars!

Though Action Comics #1 is the the introduction to Superman as we know him, including his backstory of being sent to Earth as a baby and fighting for truth and justice, this wasn’t the first time that creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster attempted to tell a story of a “superman” with extreme powers.  In the short story “The Reign of the Superman” the titular character is actually a super villain with telepathic powers bent on ruling the world.

We’re glad Siegel and Shuster had a change of heart.  Otherwise, we may not have socks with capes today.