April 10 – National Golfer’s Day

For all you professional golfers and even you pseudo professional golfers, today is “National Golfer’s Day”.

Research shows the modern game of golf is considered to be a Scottish invention. In 1457 the first recorded game was played in Scotland. There are more than 28 million golfers in the United States with golf providing job for more than two million people.

Early evidence of golf in the United States points to an advertisement, for golf clubs and balls, published in the Royal Gazette of New york City in 1779 along with the notice of the annual general meeting for a golf club in Savannah published in the Georgia Gazette in 1796.

In 1916 Rodman Wanamaker, along with charter members, founded the “Professional Golfers Association of America”.

Send an ecard to your favorite golfer and remind them today is “National Golfer’s Day”.

If you have a birthday or a graduation on the way for your golfer think about a gift they could use.

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American Crossword Puzzle Weekend

The American Crossword Puzzle Tournament is held annually. The 35th event will be held March 16-18, 2012 at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn, New York.

The tournament was founded by Will Shortz in 1978, who still directs the tournament today. He is a creator of crossword puzzles and is currently the New York Times crossword puzzle editor.

There are eight original crosswords created and edited especially for this tournament. Scoring is based on speed and accuracy, with prizes awarded in more than 20 categories, including a $5,000 grand prize.

Read more on the history of crossword puzzle and try to solve the first known crossword puzzle ever published

They say as you age you should keep your mind sharp. One way is to solve crossword puzzles. Will Shortz has penned a few crossword puzzles books in his day. I believe this would be a good one to start with The New York Times Wild Crosswords: 150 Medium-Level Puzzles (New York Times Crossword Puzzles)
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March Madness

“March Madness” was the annual tournament of high school boys basketball teams, sponsored by the Illinois High School Association, grew from a small invitational affair in 1908 to a statewide institution with over 900 schools competing by the late 1930′s.

“March Madness” was a phrase coined by Henry V. Porter in 1939 describing a basketball tournament for Illinois High School. The phrase was first used during NCAA coverage in 1982 by Brent Musburger causing a legal battle as insane as the playoffs.

NCAA and the Illinois High School Assoc. jointly hold the registered trademark for the term “March Madness”.

During the tournament’s “Golden Era” of the 1940′s and 1950′s, “March Madness” became the popular name of the event. It was an era of some of Illinois’ most legendary teams, including the undefeated 1944 Taylorville squad and Mt. Vernon’s unstoppable back-to-back champions of 1949 and 1950. But the one champion remembered more than any other is tiny Hebron, a school of only 98 students, which won the tournament in 1952.

It wasn’t until the early 1980′s that fans of NCAA basketball began to use the term to describe the playoff series that takes place at the college/university level.

2012 NCAA Tournament: March Madness Site, Venue and Ticket Information
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