Happy Left-Handers Day!
Growing up as a lefty, I always got a kick out of a framed sign my paternal grandmother had hanging in her house. It read:
"If the left side of your brain controls the right side of your body, and the right side of your brain controls the left side of your body; then only left handed people are in their right mind!"
When she passed away, it was one of two items that I chose to keep to remind me of her. I now have it hanging in my house.
I've always said that "lefties" are the only minority group in the U.S. that doesn't get any preferential treatment, government money, etc. It truly is a right-handed world, and we're just living in it.
August 13th is the 23rd annual "Left Hander's Day" While there are a scant few stores that cater to us "Southpaws" (Ned Flander's "Leftorium," anyone?) it is encouraging to see that we at least have a day dedicated to us.
Surprising, to say the least, since there are a number of lefties that have not only made major contributions to society, but may very well be THE BEST at their specific disciplines.
Quick! Name a famous artist! If you said Michelangelo or Leonardo Da Vinci then you might be surprised to note that they were both left-handed.
Currently, two of the nine Supreme court Justices hate writing on dry erase boards (Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Anthony Kennedy. when it comes to politicians, the left-handers have DOMINATED the White House with 4 of the last 5 and 5 of the last 7 U.S. Presidents using the "wrong" hand (Ford, Reagan, G.H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama)
As I perused this list of "Famous Left Handed People, " I noticed that lefties were often not only one of the best but, arguably THE best.
Best baseball player of all-time? "Babe" Ruth. Yup. Lefty.
Best guitarist ever? Jimi Hendrix. Left-handed.
Best band? The Beatles. 50% from the south-side. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.
(Gotta give an honorable mention to Kurt Cobain)
Late night T.V. is clearly a left-hander's domain. Both David Letterman and Jay Leno hate using spiral bound notebooks.
World conqueror's? We got 'em! Napoleon and Julius Caesar, not to mention Fidel Castro and Prince Charles.
The most notorious murderers? Lefties. "Jack-the Ripper" and "The Boston Strangler."
Hell, we even have the best BOWLER ever in Earl Anthony (Eff Dick Webber!) not to mention legendary basketball players Bill Russell and Larry Bird!
When it comes to the silver screen, you may have heard of the following lefties: Marilyn Monroe and Charlie Chaplin. Even one of my distant relatives, George Gobel!
If that weren't enough to convince you that us lefties really are superior, even into the future, I will leave you with two words: LUKE SKYWALKER (Mark Hamill)