Wednesday, June 21, 2017

21 June 17

No special events for today, so I get to debut this great Father's Day present (from Beth)! It's a Jerry Garcia "Snail Garden" tie, and it came with a JGARCIA guitar tie tack! (If your memory is foggy, I'll remind you that Jerry Garcia was the lead guitarist and vocalist for the Grateful Dead, and his graphic art has given him enduring stardom in haberdashery. He was born in 1942 and died in 1995.)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

20 June 17

Repeating last year's discoveries for 20 June: On this date in 1782, the Constitutional Congress accepted Charles Thomson's design for the Great Seal of the new country, featuring a bald eagle and a shield with thirteen stripes. In 1787, Oliver Ellsworth (of Connecticut) proposed "the United States" as the official name for the new government, and that was approved by the Congress. In baseball, in 1950, Joe DiMaggio scored his 2000th career hit (and you can find many more baseball occasions for this and every day of the year at "National Pastime -- Baseball History"). So it's appropriate to tie these themes together with this tie!

Monday, June 19, 2017

19 June 17

Graphic artist M. C. Escher was born on 17 June 1898. My tie for today is based on his tessellation of "flying fish." For more wonderful creations, search for "escher images" and enjoy the panoply.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

18 June 17

For Father's Day I've chosen my "Papa Seeds" tie. It is based on a photo of me, holding Mallie, shortly after she was born (in July, 2013). The name Seeds was chosen for me by Ben and Jonathan during their college years, and when I needed a nickname for grandfatherhood I became Papa Seeds. We are having lunch today at Firehouse Subs®, where dads get free subs on Father's Day. The photo shows me with my sons and grandson Paul Robert Wallace Kleppinger, being held by Uncle Ben. (Jonathan has a cast to help heal a finger that was broken in a basketball accident a few weeks ago.)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

13 June 17

Today I'm honoring the birthday of James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879), often acclaimed as the "third greatest physicist of all time" after Newton and Einstein. His research into electricity and magnetism set the stage for understanding the entire electromagnetic spectrum and for uniting optics and mechanics. My tie is meant to be "electrifying." I've tied the Trinity knot today for both the trio of physicists and for Trinity Sunday, two days ago.

Monday, June 12, 2017

12 June 17

On this date in 1665, England created "New York" where New Amsterdam had been. But I've worn all four of my New-York-City-themed ties recently, so today I've chosen one of my own favorite computer-themed ties. It's called a Slice of Life® tie because there's a slit five inches from the bottom where you pull through the "tail" so it can be seen! In this case the main image shows some (biological) mice playing a computer game with an (animated) mouse in a maze, while the tail has another mouse with a computer-cable tail running on a list of cheeses. And the list of cheeses is "printed" to resemble the kind of paper with edge holes that were needed for dot-matrix and other ancient printers.