Monday, March 4, 2013

Pulaski Day Post

Uncle Stosh wants you!
So today, the first Monday of March, is Casimir Pulaski Day in Illinois.  You'd think living in a city that has the largest population of Polish people outside of Warsaw, we'd have more of a to-do about this day.  Then again we have never figured out how to get a Pole elected Mayor (have we even tried?) so why be surprised.

To be perfectly honest, my American History education doesn't talk much about Pulaski, Thaddeus Kosciuszko or even General Friedrich Wilhelm August Heinrich Ferdinand von Steuben, the guy my high school was named after.  Apparently even in the early days of the USA we engaged foreigners to help with our dirty work.

My experience with Pulaski Day is nothing special. It wasn't until my last year or two of high school that we got the day off. Then I went to college in Missouri and no one there had heard of Poles let alone Pulaski. 

Kinda reminds me of the time when Director Palpatine at the No-Name Software Company sent the Muslims and Hindi home early for Good Friday while making the Christians remain at their stations. 

Every once in a while, someone makes a book about historical figures who lived in more or less the same time period coming together and interacting.  My favorite is a book called The Night of the Ripper which features cameos by historical personages like Arthur Conan Doyle and the Elephant Man.  Another good one is Insignificance which features 1950's cultural icons Albert Einstein, Marilyn Monroe, Joe DiMaggio and Senator Joseph MacCarthy.

Someone should make a book or movie about Pulaski, Kosciuszko, von Steuben and Marquis de Lafayette.  It could be serious or it could be a Soldiers of Fortune go on a Road Trip comedy adventure.  Just make it happen.

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