Friday, September 26, 2008

An Auspicious Day

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.

12 comments:

Olly said...

Well, any excuse to drink apple cider works for me!

Heidi the Hick said...

We sang that song at every family get together. You have to clap before the Amen or it's just not the same.

M Manley said...

Speaking of birthdays, aren't you having one tomorrow? Happy Birthday!!
Are you going to post any pictures from the Evans reunion?

coffeypot said...

M Manley, send my your email address and I will send you what I have.

e.Craig Crawford said...

Sweet apple cider, fresh from the mill. Unpasteurized with some sediment on the bottom of the jug. Gotta shake it up before you pour. It's a tasty healthy autumn drink.

Brother Dave said...

coffeypot is on track. (Apple cider is yummy, that is true.)

The whole apple does provide phenols and antioxidants. Vitamin C is one of those antioxidants. The fiber is invaluable to colon health.

An apple has a higher 'glycemic index' than a banana; yet, its 'glycemic load' is lower. That means that an apple will not spike your blood sugar as much as a banana will.

Beth said...

Speaking of auspicious Johnnys ...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, UNCLE!!!

Trukindog said...

You are a well of information my friend...I thought Johnny Appleseed was a fictitous charecter all these years.

MomThatsNuts said...

Well I guess any excuse for a holiday is a good one !! Stange but good..lol

Mom

RWA said...

"The Dayton Demon" ... now that's quite a nickname.

And Happy Birthday (if m manley's comment is correct).

coffeypot said...

Thank you MM, Beth and RWA. Yes, on September 27, 1944 a one cupper was born. I have now grown and aged into an Urn, but I can still percolate up a storm. My birthday is not a big deal for me, so I don’t mention it. But thank you for your well wishes.

Trukindog said...

It really is your B-Day!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY YA OLD FART ;-)