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By Staff | Jun 14, 2008

Sunday is Father’s Day, and you know what that means …

With 64.3 million dads across the country, Father’s Day has quite an impact on our economy. Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Wash., organized the first Father’s Day celebration June 19, 1910 (her own father’s birthday). The mayor of Spokane and governor of Washington supported the event as well.

President Calvin Coolidge lent his support to Father’s Day in 1924 and Congress admitted that dads needed a day of their own in 1956. It was President Lyndon Johnson who proclaimed Father’s Day an official national holiday in 1966 which didn’t create a lot of controversy since Father’s Day is on a Sunday. President Richard Nixon permanently saw to it that Father’s Day was observed on the third Sunday of June in 1972.

And then there’s always the tie …

History has it that the first version of the necktie was worn by Shih Huan Ti, China’s first emperor.

While they’re probably not as in vogue as they used to be given the proliferation of casual Fridays which has extended to Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, ties still have their place. If Dad likes to dress up for church, he’ll wear a tie then. There’s also weddings and funerals. And if you and the rest of your siblings buy Dad a tie every Father’s Day, don’t feel bad if you never see him wearing his tie.

Just do the math.

Let’s say there’s you and three siblings. Dad is retirement age, say, so you and all your siblings have, say, a total of 10 children. With Mom, that makes 15 people who could potentially buy Dad a tie. And let’s say that the grandkids have been around for about 10 years …

15X10=150 ties that Dad has in his closet. And let’s say that five ties take up an inch of closet space …

150/5=30 inches of closet space. Unless you’re willing to help build Dad an extra closet, well, maybe forego the tie — at least for this year.

Men aren’t supposed to be mushy. So when you ask Dad what he wants for Father’s Day Sunday and he says “nothing,” don’t get him what he asked for.

You can be a little more creative than that.

Instead, get him something meaningful, like maybe a rod and reel with a little quality time fishing. Or how about a TV with a little time watching a baseball game. Or how about a bundle of steaks and a little help grilling them. Or how about a box of clays and target loads and doing a little shooting together.

It doesn’t really matter what you buy Dad, as long as TIME TOGETHER goes along with it.

So spend some time with Dad this Sunday. You’ll both `be glad you did.