This year April 17th is Blah, Blah, Blah Day. On this day you are supposed to do something! Some of the suggestions are to stop smoking, pick up your clothes, get a job, empty the cat litter. You get the picture. Blah, Blah, Blah…
Scrabble day is celebrated every year on April 13th! This day was chosen because it was Alfred’s birthday. Alfred Butt’s, also known as the Father of Scrabble, passed away in 1993 at the age of 93.
April 11 is Eight Track Tape Day. Wow, we even have a day celebrating the eight track tape! I remember the eight track tape, which kind of dates me. But what I remember about it was that it was about the coolest thing that had come out in a long time. Eventually, these tapes were replaced by cassette tapes.
The eight track tape was created by William Lear. However, it should be noted that during the early 1960′s there were a number of continuous-loop audio tape systems. The system that was developed for this tape was similar to the four track system. One of the refinements that was made was to use a pinch roller as part of the tape rather than the player.
Another difference was that Lear divided the the into eight channels which extended the playing time of the tape. The eight track tape was popular from about 1965 into the late 1970′s. I think it is important to remember that this technology paved the way to the development of many portable music systems.
Dr. Roy J. Plunkett, was working with gases at DuPont. Upon checking a frozen, compressed sample of tetrafluoroethylene, he and his associates discovered that the sample had polymerized spontaneously into a white, waxy solid to form polytetrafluoroethylene or PTFE (Teflon).
Teflon is considered the most slippery material in existence which has made it one of the most valuable and versatile technologies invented and has contributed to significant advancements in areas such as aerospace, communications, electronics, industrial processes and architecture.
In 1990, U.S. President George Bush presented the National Medal of Technology to DuPont for the company’s pioneering role in the development and commercialization of man-made polymers over the last half century. The citation lists Teflon® fluoropolymer resin as one of these special products.
Dr. Roy Plunkett (1911-1994) has been recognized the world over by scientific, academic and civic communities. He was inducted into the Plastics Hall of Fame in 1973, and, in 1985, into the National Inventors’ Hall of Fame joining such distinguished scientists and innovators as Thomas Edison, Louis Pasteur and the Wright Brothers.
Many think that Tweed Day celebrates the wonderful tweed fabric attributed to Scotland. But I believe it recognizes William Marcy Tweed (Boss Tweed) who was the poster boy for political corruption in the 19th century.
During the mid to late 1800s, Boss Tweed and his associates plundered millions of dollars of public money. This made him the most powerful and corrupt politician of his time.