Well, it’s finally arrived.
One of the five Hallmark Holiday’s celebrated in the United States. The one day of the year where florists are delivering dozens and dozens of red roses to lovers all over the country. The day we pause and remember the seven members of Bugs Moran’s North Side gang who were gunned down in Chicago in 1929 by alleged members of Al Capone’s gang.
Yes, it’s Valentine’s Day.
I remember as a youngster in grade school making home-made “valentine’s” to pass out and eating those God-awful heart shaped candies that contain phrases like “Love Bug” or “Sweet One.” As the day become more and more commercialized over the years, Valentine’s Day became a time for merchants to hawk merchandise whether it centered around romance or not.
Online security store, BrickhouseSecurity.com says sales of surveliance equipment increases 2.5 times in the days leading up to Valentine’s Day. I guess many people want to see if their significant other has been tripping the light fantastic with someone else before plunking down a couple hundred bucks on a gift.
Makes sense. After all, we live in a time where one can grab their laptop, turn on their webcam and have a virtual affair with someone thousands of miles away, or right next door. The Internet has certainly made relationships more complicated and marriage counselors hear their fair share of stories about online romances.
This morning while I was in the car, I was listening to the 70’s channel on Sirius XM Radio. They were airing a replay of Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 from February 17, 1977. The number one song of the week was “Torn Between Two Lovers” by one-hit-wonder Mary MacGregor. The words paint the picture of a cheater with a lot of excuses and it’s interesting that this particular song would be number one the week of the holiday of romance.
So in honor of Valentine’s Day, lets grab our old transistor radio and take a trip back to February 1977. You’re listening to the Mighty 590 WARM and Ron Allen comes on introducing the next record and he dedicates it to ______________.
Well, you fill in the blank.