Corn Dogs and Basketball
AN AMERICAN TRADITION
It’s no coincidence that National Corn Dog Day is March 20 — the third Saturday of the month. This day is traditionally the first Saturday of March Madness, otherwise known as the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship. But wait. What do corn dogs and a basketball tournament have to do with one another? Turns out, National Corn Dog Day has everything to do with March Madness. The “holiday” began in March 1992 when two Corvallis, Oregon, high school students needed a snack while watching a basketball game. They got some corn dogs and called it good. But somehow, this simple snack and sport pairing turned into something huge. In fact, eating corn dogs while watching March Madness caught on like wildfire — and the teens didn’t even have Instagram to promote it! Though it’s not clear how, it spread across Oregon and eventually the rest of the country. It’s
likely that people just heard about it from friends and family and thought it was a great idea. The corn dog, like basketball, is an American creation. In the 1920s, the creators toyed around with the idea of fried foods on a stick. They battered and fried everything from cheese to bananas, but it was the battered sausages that really stood out, and the corn dog was born. By the 1940s, the convenient creation had popped up at state fairs and drive-in restaurants all over the country. In 2012, in honor of the original Corn Dog Day, the then-governor of Oregon issued an official proclamation naming March 17 National Corn Dog Day in the state. Several companies jumped on the bandwagon as well, including Foster Farms (a maker of frozen corn dogs, among many other meat products) and the Pabst Brewing Company.
While it’s not an “official” national day recognized by the U.S. Congress, it’s celebrated with thousands of events every March. And it’s grown beyond its U.S. roots. An article printed in The Oregonian in 2009 revealed that National Corn Dog Day parties have been celebrated on nearly every continent — including Antarctica!
‘Behind Every Great Man Is a Great Woman’ (Or 2!)
For centuries, the work of women has been plagiarized, passed over, and dismissed. If you saw the 2018 movie “Colette,” then you know exactly what we’re talking about. The film explains the true story of the French writer Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette whose husband took credit for her bestselling novels. The same thing happened to Zelda Fitzgerald, whose famous husband Scott, the author of “The Great Gatsby,” mined her diary for stories. Crazy, right? These are just a few reasons it’s so important to celebrate National Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day in March. Women’s rights and equality have come a long way since Colette was alive in the 1950s, but there’s still more work to do. Just four years ago, a Harvard study of economics students found that women in the field don’t get as much credit as men for the same group work — and we need to close that gap. Here at Kevin Patrick Law, we want to make sure everyone on our team — including the brilliant women who work on your cases — gets the credit they deserve. That’s why this month, we’re shouting out two women whose names you may not have seen in the newsletter enough: Sharon, our firm administrator, and Celina, our legal assistant.
“I really appreciate both Sharon and Celina and all of the work they do for our firm,” Kevin says. “As the firm administrator, Sharon manages our operations and case flow, and Celina does an incredible amount of organizing and mailing as our legal assistant. They’re strong, wonderful ladies, and our office wouldn’t be the same without them.” To learn more about Women’s History Month, what the designation means, and how you can get involved, visit WomensHistoryMonth.gov.
You can always reach Kevin directly at 404.566.8964 or Kevin@PatrickTrialLaw.com. (If you ever need it, his cell phone is 404.409.3160.)
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