Father’s Day rail

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

History of Father’s Day, version 1

The first modern Father's Day celebration was held July 5, 1908, in Fairmont, W.Va., at a church service. Grace Golden Clayton, who is believed to have suggested the celebration to the pastor, is believed to have been inspired to celebrate fathers after the deadly mine explosion in nearby Monongah the prior December. Another possible inspiration for the service was Mother’s Day, which had been celebrated for the first time two months earlier in nearby Grafton, W. Va.

History of Father’s Day, version 2

Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Wash., proposed the idea in 1909 as a day to honor her father, William Smart, a Civil War veteran who was widowed when his wife died in childbirth with their sixth child. The first Father's Day was observed on June 19, 1910, June being chosen because it was the month of Smart’s birth.

LBJ and Father’s Day

In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation that made Father's Day a holiday to be celebrated on the third Sunday of June, but the holiday was not officially recognized until 1972, when President Richard Nixon signed it into law.

Dad is good for the economy, but not like Mom

According to IBISWorld, a publisher of business research, Americans are expected to spend $11 billion on gifts for Father's Day in 2008. This is about $7 billion less than the amount spent on moms for Mother's Day. In economic terms, the average per capita spending on Father's Day is expected to be in the range of $27.60.

A recipe only Dad would love: Doughnut Burger

1 1/2 pounds ground beef

3 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley leaves

2 tablespoons grated onion

House seasoning (recipe follows)

2 tablespoons butter

3 eggs

6 slices bacon, cooked

3 hamburger buns

6 glazed doughnuts (preferably Krispy Kreme)

House Seasoning:

1 cup salt

1/4 cup black pepper

1/4 cup garlic powder

Mix ingredients together.

Mix the ground beef, chopped parsley and grated onion together in a large mixing bowl. Season liberally with House Seasoning. Form 3 hamburger patties. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Add the burgers and cook until desired temperature, 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium-rare. Fry bacon in a hot pan until crisp. Remove and drain on paper towels. Set aside. While burgers are cooking, heat a non-stick pan over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons butter. Crack 3 eggs into the pan. Cook until the yolks are just set and still slightly runny and remove. Place burger patties on the glazed donuts, as the buns. Top each burger with 2 pieces of bacon and a fried egg.

Doting dads

Is your dad like a catfish? A penguin? Check out some dads from the animal kingdom:

Catfish: A father sea catfish keeps the eggs of his young in his mouth until they are ready to hatch. He will not eat until his young are born, which may take several weeks.

Monkey: Marmoset fathers take care of their babies from birth. When one is born, the father cleans it, then carries it to the mother only when it needs to be nursed.

Penguin: A father Emperor penguin withstands the Antarctic cold for 60 days or more to protect his eggs, which he keeps on his feet, covered with a feathered flap. During this time, he doesn't eat a thing.

Rhea: Father rhea takes sole care of his young. From eggs to chicks, he feeds, defends and protects them until they are old enough to survive on their own.

Sand grouse: A father Namaqua sand grouse flies as far as 50 miles a day in order to soak himself in water and return to his nest, where his chicks drink from his feathers.

Sea horse: The male sea horse has a pouch in which the mother lays her eggs. The father then looks after the eggs for about two months, until they hatch and leave the pouch. He continues to protect the young until they are able to live on their own.

Wolf: When the mother wolf gives birth to pups, the father stands guard outside their den and brings food to the mother and pups. As they grow, he not only plays with them but also teaches them how to survive. Wolves continue to live together much as human families do.

Like president, like son

President George W. Bush is the second son to follow his dad into the White House, the first being John Quincy Adams. John Quincy became president 24 years after his father, while W became president eight years after his.

Sources: Wikipedia.org, USA.gov, Infoplease.com, Foodnetwork.com