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Bob Lobel: Why Can’t We Get More Holidays Like the Fourth?

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

 

Bob Lobel, GoLocalWorcester Sports Contributor

The fourth! Best holiday of the year. Why? Nobody has to bring presents, nothing is expected from a visit and you don’t have to spend it with relatives (if you don't want to). You can go home or anywhere else you want. It’s what holidays were meant to be like.

Not Labor Day or Memorial Day or any other days that are “thinking holidays.” The Fourth of July is a doing holiday, with no strings attached. Parades are optional unless you or your kid is in it, no heavy lifting there. And the best thing about a mid-week Fourth is that it covers the three days before and the three days after.

The crowning moment, though, is the fireworks that remind us what a truly remarkably great land we live in, despite the people we elected to oversee it. I’m sure by now you know the late George Steinbrenner was born on the Fourth of July. Born on the Fourth of July, what a ring that phrase has, and the music that comes with it. It’s the whole package.

Another thing that might interest you is that Ted Williams died 10 years ago this week, on the fifth. 10 years have passed since he was out in suspended animation by cryonics in Phoenix at a company called Alcor. It is a grim tail for those of us that are not in his family.

It’s even more bizarre when we note that his late son, John Henry Williams, joined him in ice and chemicals only a few short years later. Do you want to know how this all ends for Ted? A book released called, fittingly, Extra Innings, written by Hopkinton native Bruce Spitzer, completes the story, albeit in a fictional way.

Perfect week for the movie “Ted” to be released, I suppose. 

 

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