I’m sure you people in Ohio are celebrating, and the Banks and the Post Office are closed in honor of this auspicious occasion. Today is September 26, Johnny Appleseed’s 163rd birthday. In remembrance of Mr. Appleseed’s special day, here is a few tidbits about the man of apples.
His real name was John Chapman, and he didn’t just wander the country randomly spreading apple sees. He planted carefully-designed nurseries, primarily in Ohio, and even returned to care for the trees. When he died in 1845 at the age of 70, his 1,200-acre estate was worth millions.
Of course we all know about Eve and the apple. Ever since that day, according to Nan Robertson, there has been a misunderstanding between the sexes about gifts. And the old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” appears to really be true. Apples are rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants, which are good for your immune system and your heart. They contain PHENOLS, which can help to lower your cholesterol. And apples are loaded with fiber, which is an important factor for colon health.
And Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Computers, worked on a farm commune picking apples one summer in his youth. He was also a Beatles fan, so when it came time to name his new company, the name Apple immediately came to mind.
There are many more antidotes and stories concerning the apple, and my man, Johnny A, helped get the delicious fruit started in the USofA – in Ohio. Brother Dave, the Ohio Deserter, and E. Craig, the Dayton Demon, will not be able to respond because they are out celebrating the day by downing copious amounts of Apple Cider or Boons Farm Apple Wine. Enjoy, boys. Happy Birthday, Johnny.
MASTERPIECE #1830 - Juan Pantoja de la Cruz, Spanish *The Duke of Savoy, Jamming on the Bass,* 1601 Oil on canvas
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