How does ‘RepMan History Month’ sound to you?

I'm pleased to learn that March is ‘Women's History Month.’ How nice. And, how deserving. April2009-calendar1

But, it begs a question: are girls and grandmothers of historical note included in ‘Women's History Month?’ Or, do they have their own 30-day period set aside?

Is there a ‘Men's History Month? ‘Good, bad or ugly, men have made more history than women. Do they get a month? Do boys? Grandfathers? 

Is there a ‘Little People's Month?’ There should be. Ditto for seven-footers. Lots of them have made NBA history. Don't they deserve a month? 

And, what about dogs? Is there a ‘Dog's History Month?’ Lassie and Rin Tin Tin deserve one. How about cats? Mice? Aardvarks?

Who decides when a month is set aside to observe a group's accomplishments? Should they get a month as well? I'd call it the 'Month in History History Maker's Month.' 

Why do we overlook insects when we designate months of observation? According to what I've read, insects were here before we arrived and will be here long after we're gone. Shouldn't there be a 'Cockroach History Month?’ I'd tie it to peak infestation periods. August, perhaps? (And get this: The UK has a National Insect Week.)

I think this month thing has, like everything else, gotten completely out of control. There are so many special interest groups lobbying for their own, 'long overdue' recognition that I wouldn't be surprised to see Congress double or even triple the number of months in the year.  If they did, we could set aside the new, 36th month as 'The Congress Who Tripled the Size of the Calendar Month' and honor those historic legislators.

Carefully planned, launching a week or month to bring awareness to something can be a powerful way to get a message across and bring people together to discuss an issue.  However, I think we can all agree that it becomes a crutch when it's proposed without any thought behind it.  And that's how we've ended up with a month for any and every cause and group you can think of.

By the way. I've just decided to designate April as 'RepMan History Month.’ I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts on the best way to observe it.

7 thoughts on “How does ‘RepMan History Month’ sound to you?

  1. I reviewed your posts for the month of February. There was no post about why we need black history month. In addition, there was no mention in your “Why do we need a women’s history month” of why do we have a black history month? Why target women as the ‘useless’ month to celebrate?
    Just curious. No chip.

  2. Methinks someone has a chip on her shoulder, Farrow. February is black history month. March is Women’s History month. A close look at the blog date will indicate it was posted towards the end of March. Why would I write a black history month seven or eight weeks after it’s begun?”

  3. You know what’s funny is that I didn’t see the same questioning for Black History Month. Why not, Cody? Seems like certain men are always willing to make comments about women that they would not make about any other minority group.

  4. I’d like to see a partnership with Ray-Ban for the month (assuming that’s the brand you’re sporting in the photo). Maybe a percentage of sales could go to the RepMan Foundation for the month. We could also take the library idea on the road. Stop at universities, etc. Can I do the PR?

  5. So many vivid and poignant memories in RepMan’s history… where to start? How about back in ’04 when he swapped his sofa for Ed’s more comfy one when Ed was out of town? Or when he sent e-mails from the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro on Christmas Day? Or convinced some unsuspecting cold-calling salesman that we have a anti-nautical piracy practice and to PLEASE get in touch with Ann Barlow in our west coast office…

  6. I love it, Art. But, I’d like it to be a first-class library and would need corporate funding for that. Maybe the ‘Tostito’s RepMan Library’? Or, maybe the ‘FedEx Repman Library?’ I’d suggest a financial services firm, but I wouldn’t want anyone second-guessing me giving myself a bonus.

  7. A great idea, Steve. I think we should begin with the opening of the RepMan Library. Please find some real estate and convert all your blog posts to books. I’ll bring bagels and juice. 😀