In case you hadn’t heard, today is Columbus Day, which is still a legal federal holiday, although hardly anyone gets the day off. I’m old enough to remember when it was still quite a big deal and the judgment of history was really just starting to turn against the man, who, by the way, called himself by many names over the course of his life but never “Christopher Columbus.” In you at the official proclamation of this year’s Columbus Day, you might be impressed with how Pres. Obama manages to get through the whole thing without saying anything complimentary about its nominal honoree.
Back in my Strib days, I had a great gig, which included the opportunity to look deeply into the Columbus saga in 1992, the quincentennial of the famous first Columbus voyage. I wrote a very long (and, I think, pretty darn interesting) piece that no longer exists anywhere online. But three years ago, just before the launch of MinnPost and when ericblackink was connected to the Minnesota Monitor, I did do a reprise of that piece in which I tried to capture the most interesting stuff.
If you have a few minutes to check it out, I pretty much guarantee that you will see some things you never knew. If you want to say anything about it, please come back here to do it so I can see your thoughts and reactions.