Beth Siegalkoff

Today is Presidential Joke Day. Believe it or not, Presidents have a sense of humor, too, just like most Americans.

Many people believe this is a day to make jokes about presidents. On the contrary, this day is for presidents to make a joke.

On this day in 1984, President Ronald Reagan made a doozie. Just before his regular Saturday radio address, President Reagan was doing a voice test with the microphone. He thought the microphone and the feed were not live. He joked into the microphone: “My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever, the bombing begins in five minutes.” To his surprise, he was speaking to a live feed!

This incident led to his creation of “Presidential Joke Day”. However, I don’t think American presidents will make it a habit to perform jokes on, or to, the American public on this day or any other day.

It just goes to show, when life throws you a few lemons, you make lemonade or, in this case, President Reagan recognized he was human and, with his quick wit, he deescalated a sensitive situation by making people laugh.

Thus, Presidential Joke Day was born. If only all of us could be so quick witted.

Even with the smoke, this was a Herald Day to remember. The parade was moderated well. We knew what was coming and who was on the floats. I loved the old tractors.

The auction was, again, well done with a lot of fun items – a huge gold star, a tooled leather stool and the wheelbarrow full of succulents were some of the items that caught my eye.

The craft booths were busy, a lot of people getting an early start on their Christmas shopping.

The photos at the photography contest were amazing. There are some talented photographers in Herald.

The Galt Lions Club was kept busy handing out bacon and wine to the winners of Bingo. And, when Don and I passed by at 5 p.m. on our way to dinner, the horseshoe tournament was still in full swing (yes, that is a pun).

And, then there was the quilt raffle. The quilt depicted the past 40 years of Herald Day. Great memories in each square and, yes again, I didn’t win, but congratulation to the person who did.

I did get a look at the Holiday Tree in the Herald Park; it was decorated with pencils and a school bus on top. What a great idea to celebrate the beginning of the school year! Thank you to the Herald elves for keeping up the good work. I am looking forward to September’s decorations.

Calling all of you in the Herald area with green thumbs. The community members who handle the watering of the plants at the Herald Post Office need your help. Please call Jackie Barton at 209-748-2402 to sign up.

Flowers of the day: Wool-flowers

Recipe of the day: Jelly Belly cake. Jellybeans were President Reagan’s favorite candy.

Dates to remember:

Aug. 13 – National Lefthanders Day. Why is this date so important you ask? – I am left-handed.

Aug. 16 – First day of school for Arcohe Elementary

Aug. 19 – First day of school for Galt elementary district and Oak View elementary district

Until next week – Be strong, be courageous and make a memory.