Welcome to Patricia Youngquist, The Last Leaf Gardener's blog. I'm a photo-artist, bird-lover and urban gardener living in NYC. I'm also an author with a published book series, "Words In Our Beak." The stories are told by Cam, the bird pictured above. For info click on the 2nd and 3rd images in the sidebar (L). My website (Patriciayoungquist.com.) mainly features my non-nature themed images (Black and White as well as Kaleidoscopic). Click on the 4th image in sidebar (L) to visit.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Wednesday's Wisdom: Theories RE Uncle Sam
Yesterday, in addition to it being National Peanut Day, it was Uncle Sam Day. This is useful to know in the event that you are selected to be a contestant on “Jeopardy,” where a situation could arise, that by knowing this info you could win $$$$$$!
And of course you could then use some of your prize money to buy my cardinal, Cam’s, book, Words In Our Beak Volume One, written in from her perspective!
Here’s the deal on Uncle Sam Day from Holiday Insights: “There are two theories as to how Uncle Sam emerged. Both date back to the early 1800's.The officially recognized theory dates back to soldiers stationed near Troy, New York during the war of 1812. Barrels of meat they received were stamped 'U.S.’
“The supplier was Samuel Wilson of Troy, New York. Solders jokingly referred to him as ‘Uncle Sam.’. In 1813, the first image of ‘Uncle Sam’ appeared. In 1961, the U.S. Congress issued a resolution recognizing ‘Uncle Sam’ Wilson, and authorized a monument in his hometown in Troy, NY.
“There is a second, less popular theory of the creation of Uncle Sam. During the early 1800's, Irish immigrants were coming to America. Some believed that Uncle Sam emerged from these immigrants. In their Gaelic language, the United Stares of America was ‘Stáit Aontaithe Mheiriceá’, abbreviated ‘SAM’. Uncle Sam Day became official in 1989, when a joint resolution of Congress designated September 13 ‘Uncle Sam Day.’ This date was selected, as ‘Uncle Sam’ Wilson was born on September 13, 1776.”
So there you have it, dear reader, enough info on Uncle Sam Day to get you through a number of questions that might be asked by “Jeopardy.”
Now here’s a link to where you can find Words In Our Beak, Volume One should you win the prize money! But keep in mind, Cam’s iBook and ePub versions ofthis book are less than ten dollars each, and you really don’t need to win prize money to buy it! However, if you do win any dollars, you’ll surely become more aquained with Uncle Sam.
ADENMENDUM: As of March 2, 2018, Words In Our Beak Volume One, is no longer available in the digital options listed here. A new digital option should be available sometime in the near future. Updates will be made when this happens, please stay tuned.
Meanwhile hardcover versions of both volumes one and two (pictured below) are available wherever books are sold.
-------------------------- *Here's the purchase info for the Words In Our Beak book series: