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Monday, June 26, 2023
Good Monday Morning to You!

Well, another Father’s Day has come and gone. If you are a father, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. And if you have a father who is still alive, I hope you reached out and told him you love him.

My kids know that Father’s Day is more than one day to me. That’s why I call it Father’s Month. All 30 days of June dedicated to dads. Why not? I appreciate the humor in this idea. My kids? Not so much.

Regardless, we have five days left in Father’s Month, and I am still celebrating. Have a little fun along with me and test your knowledge on the subject of fathers and this celebration — whether you are in it for the month or settle for just one day. We posted these questions on our CITYVIEW trivia website. Give it a try and see how you fare. Input your answers on the site and see how much you know about this history of dads. Your guesses will be scored, and you will get the answers at the end.

1. What is the most popular gift to give dads on Father’s Day?

2. What day is Father’s Day celebrated on every year?
The first Sunday of June
The second Sunday of June
The third Sunday of June
The fourth Sunday of June

3. When was the word “dad” first recorded?
In the 1500s
In the 1600s
In the 1700s
In the 1800s

4. What is the traditional flower for Father’s Day?
The tulip
The dandelion
The rose
The lily

5. Approximately how many fathers are there in America?
52 million
62 million
72 million
82 million

6. What is the average age of first-time fathers in America?
30.9 years
32.6 years
38.4 years
39.2 years

7. In Greek mythology, who is known for eating his own children to prevent them from overthrowing him?

8. Who is the “Founding Father” of the United States?
Abraham Lincoln
Benjamin Franklin
Al Gore
George Washington

9. The father with the most children is most likely Ismail Ibn Sharif, who fathered this many children in the late 17th century.

10. The father with the most children from one woman is Feodor Vassilyev. How many children did he and his wife have?
39 children
49 children
59 children
69 children

Have a marvelous Monday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
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CITYVIEW's  Best Of Des Moines

CITYVIEW announced its 2023 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Jan. 31. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Local Furniture Store

1. Homemakers

2. Amish Haus Furniture

3. Redekers Furniture


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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

 Temperatures build during the week but look to cool off next weekend with thunderstorms Friday into Saturday.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Carrie at carrie.mortgage.

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FROM KCCI: Watermelon snow: Why is the snow near a lake in Utah turning pink?

CACHE COUNTY, Utah (Video above: KSTU via CNN) — The amount of remaining snow still sitting around for Wednesday's first official day of summer is impressive, but some of the patches of snow are starting to turn different colors, and it's not because of dirt or dust. .READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: ‘I just go ahead and do it;’ 102-Year-Old Iowan Proving Age is More Than a Number

NEVADA, Iowa — Centenarian and Iowa native Dorothy Pointer recently attended her eighty-fifth class reunion in Colo, Iowa. At 102-years-old, she was the oldest attendee, but her climbing age doesn’t stop her from living a life of joy and independence. ..READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: 'We are now the family of these veterans': 14 honored in service for unclaimed veterans Friday

12 unclaimed veterans and two spouses were honored and laid to rest Friday afternoon at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


 Japanese exports grew by 2% during the COVID era, but their food exports grew by 13%. Gin and scallops led the way. Japanese distillers are making gin with new botanicals unique to Japan — like tea leaves and cherry blossoms — with none of the traditional botanicals of London gin. Interest is soaring in U.S. Roku is the most popular Japanese gin in Des Moines.

Scallops from Japan are selling well because the Japanese customize their markets. Huge scallops sell best in the U.S., where they were pioneered by Japanese Steakhouses like Ohana in West Des Moines. Europeans like smaller scallops.

In'tVeld's in Pella is now the only USDA meat processor in America that also runs a full bar. They are also making the best Canadian bacon I ever found, plus pecan rubbed bacon. This is new Pella. In WWII, Navy fliers stationed there for flight training could not drink at all, or even swim on Sundays.

— Jim Duncan

On June 26 in history ...

1807. Lightning strikes gunpowder factory in Luxembourg, killing hundreds. On June 26, 1807, lightning hits a gunpowder factory in the small European country of Luxembourg, killing more than 300 people. Lightning kills approximately 73 people every year in the United States alone, but victims are almost always killed one at a time. The Luxembourg disaster may have been the most deadly lightning strike in history.

2015: Same-sex marriage is made legal nationwide with Obergefell v. Hodges decision

1975: Sonny and Cher’s divorce becomes final

1993: President Clinton punishes Iraq for plot to kill George H.W. Bush

Read more at History.com.


Head-turning wheels

Submitted by Ron and Debbie Sinnwell

My wife and I bought a brand new 1974 VW bug convertible in... 1974! We were not yet one year married. We still have the car. It’s a great car to pull out on a nice evening and go for ice cream. Several years ago we had Jerry Todden (Jerrys Bug Shop) go through it and repair all the rust many Iowa winters had eaten away on our bug. Jerry put a new floor pan in and went through everything that needed attention. Sadly, Jerry is long gone, and who knows where you can find a good VW Bug mechanic. While our Bug is not in showroom condition, it still runs good, and we keep it around because we love it. If it wasn’t a convertible, this might not be the same story. Anyway, it’s a great ice cream getter and turns a lot of heads as we drive down the road.

Submit your head-turning wheels to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

... Look for the July issues of Iowa Living magazines for stories about head-turning wheels, to be posted at www.iowalivingmagazines.com when published!

Birthdays and Notables!

These celebrities were born on this date: Ariana Grande, Aubrey Plaza, Billy Davis Jr., Chris Isaak, Chris O'Donnell, Colin Greenwood, Derek Jeter, Gretchen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, Jennette McCurdy, Mick Jones, Nathan Followill

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to: tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Morning Chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What’s it called when you have too many aliens? EXTRA TERRESTRIALS! -  Gail Tomlinson, Rex Post, Mike Chiston, and a joint effort by Nick Noah and Shane Goodman. OR YOU'RE OUTTA (Outer) SPACE! Carolyn Rogers. OR FAMILY! - Chuck Golliher

Today's Riddle

Why did the gardener plant light bulbs? 

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

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