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29 July 2005

We Celebrate Today...


hree important events in history. Today when you go to work, once again your fellow employees will marvel at your intelligence. Go ahead and give it a try as you're sipping coffee or standing at the water-cooler. "Hey guys, know what today is?"

Well, first off it is the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California! Yep, the 27th annual extravaganza begins today and lasts until the 31st. If you haven't made plans to go, you still can make it. Pictured is the Queen of the Garlic Festival and her court.

The event actually does have merit... In 2004 over 4,000 volunteers from 166 non-profit groups worked 43,243 hours to host the 26th Annual Garlic Festival. $225,000 was distributed to non-profit organizations. From 1979 through 2004 the success of the annual Festival has enabled the Association to award almost $7 million to these groups, not to mention the other charities which generated funds through booths operated at the three-day event. Hip Hip Hooray for the Gilroy Garlic Festival.

Next is a religious holiday. St. Olaf's Day - Olsok, in Norway. Olsok means the wake of St. Olaf, in memory of king Olaf Haraldsson who brought Christianity to Norway and who fell at the battle of Stiklestad on July 29 1030. In old days this was an important holy day and a popular day of celebration. In many country places, mainly in the west, bonfires were lit, as on Midsummer's Eve. The weather on St Olaf's Day was said to portend how it would be for the coming autumn. Olsok has gained new importance more recently as a day when local history groups and clubs enact historical plays and hold services at places of special historical interest.

My head is just spinning from reading all about the fun in Norway on this day.

And finally, today we honor the passing of dear Momma Cass. Originally the story spread around that she choked to death on a ham sandwich... honest I'm not trying to be funny... the official autopsy report concluded that she died of a heart attack. Man, such a powerhouse of a voice.

Observations and Questions
Well once again the crack staff of the Not So Normal News has uncovered another set of non-award articles for your pleasure. So what's so special about today where you live? Any grade B holidays? Or will you be celebrating Garlic Day by adding it to your meatloaf tonight?

Birth Announcements and Death Notices

Born in 1938, Peter Jennings, Toronto Canada, news anchor (ABC Evening News). Get well soon Peter.

Leading our Death Notices... the one and only Cass "Mama Cass" Elliot, singer with Mamas & Papas at 30 in London in 1974.

Gentle Reminder of the Day

Still time :) Come on, you know you wanna send in your picture.

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