Happy Fourth of July!
True story: when I was a corporate lawyer, some of the muckety mucks were going to visit the UK to meet business colleagues for the first time. They wanted to bring a gift basket. They were leaving on July 2nd, and included in the gift basket, which I happened to see by accident, were various Fourth of July memorabilia. Without commenting, I began to laugh. When questioned, I sputtered out that I found it amusing that they were giving the English gifts celebrating the 4th of July. "Why," I was asked. And I answered, in a "are you serious voice," "Cause that's celebrating our independence from the UK and we won that war?" A moment of silence, as the people earning mid six figures thought about this, and then commented, "I would think they'd be over it by now."
Luckily for us all, a "real live British person" happened to work for the company, and I said, well, if you don't believe me, ask him. The poor admin assistant went off to find British Guy; and moments later came running (yes, running) down the hall, shrieking to take the 4th of July stuff out of the gift baskets, as British Guy had confirmed that it wasn't appropriate. "What if we include a Statue of Liberty," the big wigs asked. (I repeat: those earning six figures.) I answered, tongue in cheek, about how it was gift of the French and we all know how the British feel about the French.
The admin assistant was sent againg to ask poor British Guy, and came back with the SAME ANSWER I had given. (People looked at me as if I had a Magic 8 Ball: How could I possibly have known these things?)
Statue was taken out, and mini NYC taxicabs, Empire State Building, and similar NYC items took their place.
Guess as to how well / how long that business relationship lasted.
Anyway, some links:
The Declaration of Independence site at the National Archives
The Snopes page about the Signers of the Declaration
National Treasure and 1776
Schoolhouse Rock: No More Kings
Loyalists and Canada and Loyalists
Revolutionary War Historical Fiction Booklist
Question: What is your favorite book or movie about the Revolutionary War (fiction or non-fiction)?
Monday, July 03, 2006
Happy Fourth of July!