Happy Birthday Ball Point Pens! What Would We Do Without You?

Jun 10th

Here we go . . . another new week.  Let’s not look at it as a Monday, but another day to find something to celebrate! 

Alcoholics Anonymous (Founders) Day – In 1935, an unplanned meeting in Akron, Ohio between two men, both of them termed “hopeless” alcoholics, began a program of recovery that has helped millions find sobriety and serenity.  Bill W. was one of those men.  While he was fighting his own battle against drinking he learned that helping other alcoholics was the key to maintaining his own sobriety.  This principle would later become step twelve in “The Twelve Steps” of Alcoholics Anonymous.  Bill W. was a stock broker from New York, and had traveled to Akron, OH on May 12, 1935 for a shareholders meeting and proxy fight, which did not turn out his way.  At the time he had been sober for about five months.  After losing the proxy fight he found himself alone in a strange town, feeling depressed, and felt himself being drawn to the bar in the Mayflower Hotel where he was staying.  While fighting desperately to maintain his sobriety his immediate thought was that he needed to find another alcoholic.  There are conflicting versions of exactly what happened next, but the result was that Bill W ended up meeting with an Akron surgeon, to be remembered forever as Dr. Bob.  Dr. Bob had struggled for years with his own drinking problem.  The effect the meeting had on Dr. Bob was immediate, as he tells it in his own words, and soon he also put down the bottle – June 10, 1935, never to pick it up again.  A bond formed between the two men that would grown into a movement that would literally affect the lives of millions of people.  Starting in an upstairs room at Dr. Bob’s home, the two men began helping alcoholics, one at a time.  It took four years to get the first 100 alcoholics sober in the first three groups that formed in Akron, New York and Cleveland.  In 1939 they published the group’s “text book” and the publication of a series of articles about the group.  The development of A.A. from that point on was rapid.  Membership in Cleveland soon grew to 500.  By 1951 A.A. had helped more than 100,000 people recover from alcoholism, and by 1973 more than one million copies of The Big Book had been distributed.  By 2000, the number of copies had reached 20 million, and by 2010 more than 27 million had been purchased.  Since that time the fellowship has continued to grow, and is now worldwide.  Dr. Bob died on November 16, 1950 and Bill W. passed away on January 24, 1971.  The legacy they left behind continues to touch the lives of millions.  

Ball Point Pen Day – On this day in 1943, brothers Laszlo and Georg Biro filed a patent for what is now one of the world’s most common writing instruments.  Other people had tried to design a self-inking mechanical pen that rolled on a ball, but without much success.  The biros perfected the design, named it the Birome and opened up a pen shop in Argentina.  In 1945 the pens went on sale in the U.S. at Gimbel’s in New York, for $12.50 each (that would be $145 now, if you take inflation into consideration).  The store sold $125,000 worth on day one, and Bic, which bought the patent, has sold 100 billion-plus since 1950.



Food Celebration of the Day –

National Iced Tea Day (Month) – I love iced tea.  There’s something about an icy cold glass on a hot summer day.  This time of year I try to keep a pitcher on hand most of the time.  Iced tea can be enjoyed plain, sweetened (or not), with lemon, with mint, any way you’d like!  No matter how it’s fixed, it’s refreshing.  The wonderful thing about tea is that it has many health benefits! Since ancient times people have used tea for a wide range of medicinal uses.  Tea has been known to assist with the avoidance of heart disease, to help with cancer or tumors, with stomach ailments, sore throats and colds, and to be soothing and relaxing – to name only a few.  So where did tea start being iced, rather than just hot?  Well, in 1904 English tea plantation owner Richard Blechynden set up a booth to sell hot tea at the St. Louis World Fair.  It was a sizzling hot day, and the fair visitors didn’t want anything hot.  They wanted something to quench their thirst . . .something cold.  He dumped some of his hot tea into ice and served it cold.  It was an immediate hit and was the first known use of iced tea.  I have always enjoyed iced tea, but the tea I grew up with was slightly sweetened with a tiny bit of sugar.  I was SHOCKED nearly into a choking fit the first time I tasted Southern Sweet Tea. BLECH!  I realize that a lot of people enjoy it, but I’d rather eat sugar straight from the spoon than to over sugar my tea that way.  To each his or her own though. Some people absolutely love it.  My personal favorite is tropical green tea sweetened slightly with either a little fruit juice, or a bit of raw sugar.  Just a bit though, so I can completely enjoy the tropical fruit flavors in the tea.  Here are a few iced tea ideas from www.food.com to try out.  Have fun! 


Well, a big Happy Birthday to Ball Point Pens, and I think I need to go brew some tea!  Have a wonderful Monday.  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!



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