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Chicken Boy Day

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Chicken Boy Day

When: Always September 1st

Today is the first day of September.

But I bet you don't know
that it's also Chicken Boy Day.
So named in celebration
of his birthday.

Chicken Boy is a roadside icon,
erected in the 1960's atop
a fried chicken restaurant in Los Angeles.

A twenty-two foot boy
with the head of a chicken
and holding a bucket of deep fried bird-
this fiberglass statue was a famous landmark
on Route 66 for many years.

When the restaurant was closed in 1984,
Ellen Bloom and her friends
decided that Chicken Boy was worth saving
and made arrangements to have him moved
to her house.

Poor boy!
He laid there for twenty three years.

Ellen kept him all that time.
She knew that there would be a special place
for him someday.

She even began publishing a catalog
which she describes as:
"the Chicken Boy Catalog for a Perfect World--a catalog of gift items including Chicken Boy logo merchandise and things Chicken Boy would be proud to have in his home or give as a lovely hostess gift."

Her gallant efforts helped save and preserve Chicken Boy.
And in the autumn of 2007,
she finally found him a new home.
Chicken Boy now stands proudly once again
atop the rooftop of Future Studio Design & Gallery
on Historic Route 66.

This little story just goes to prove
that even when you think your glory days are over...
even if you've been abandoned for years
and feel forgotten-
there is hope.

Someone will find you
and love you.
And you'll live happily ever after...

Happy Birthday, Chicken Boy!

This Day in History September 1st

King Louis XIV of France dies after a reign of 72 years – the longest of any major European monarch. (1715)

The Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa is founded in San Luis Obispo, California. (1772)

Massachusetts Bay colonists rise up in the bloodless Powder Alarm. (1774)

Narcissa Whitman, one of the first English-speaking white women to settle west of the Rocky Mountains, arrives at Walla Walla, Washington. (1836)

American Civil War: Battle of Chantilly – Confederate Army troops defeat a group of retreating Union Army troops in Chantilly, Virginia. (1862)

American Civil War: the Confederate Army General John Bell Hood orders the evacuation of Atlanta, Georgia, ending a four-month siege by General William Tecumseh Sherman. (1864)

Emma Nutt becomes the world's first female telephone operator when she is recruited by Alexander Graham Bell to the Boston Telephone Dispatch Company. (1878)

More than 400 people die in the Great Hinckley Fire, a forest fire in Hinckley, Minnesota. (1894)

The Boston subway opens, becoming the first underground rapid transit system in North America. (1897)

A Trip to the Moon, considered one of the first science fiction films, is released in France. (1902)

Alberta and Saskatchewan join the Canadian confederation. (1905)

St. Petersburg, Russia, changes its name to Petrograd. (1914)

The last Passenger Pigeon, a female named Martha, dies in captivity in the Cincinnati Zoo. (1914)

The Fountain of Time opens as a tribute to the 100 years of peace between the United States and Great Britain following the Treaty of Ghent. (1920)

World War II: Nazi Germany and Slovakia invade Poland, beginning the European phase of World War II. (1939)

George C. Marshall becomes Chief of Staff of the United States Army. (1939)

The Wound Badge for Wehrmacht, SS, Kriegsmarine, and Luftwaffe soldiers is instituted. The final version of the Iron Cross is also instituted on this date. (1939)

Adolf Hitler signs an order to begin the systematic euthanasia of mentally ill and disabled people. (1939)

The United States, Australia and New Zealand sign a mutual defense pact, called the ANZUS Treaty. (1951)

The Old Man and the Sea, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Ernest Hemingway, is first published. (1952)

A coup in Libya brings Muammar Gaddafi to power. (1969)

In Reykjavík, Iceland, American Bobby Fischer beats Russian Boris Spassky to become the world chess champion. (1972)

The SR-71 Blackbird sets (and holds) the record for flying from New York to London in the time of 1 hour, 54 minutes and 56.4 seconds at a speed of 1,435.587 miles per hour. (1974)

The United States Air Force Space Command is founded. (1982)

Cold War: Korean Air Flight 007 is shot down by a Soviet Union jet fighter when the commercial aircraft enters Soviet airspace. All 269 on board die, including Congressman Lawrence McDonald. (1983)

A joint American–French expedition locates the wreckage of the RMS Titanic. (1985)
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