WND's coverage prompts U.S. calendar giants to finally include Dec. 7 event
Posted: January 12, 2010
7:00 pm Eastern
By Joe Kovacs
© 2010 WorldNetDaily
Dec. 7, 2010 marks the Islamic New Year, but not Pearl Harbor Day on all calendars produced by Blue Mountain Arts of Boulder, Colo. In the wake of WND's coverage, the company has decided to include Pearl Harbor Day in its calendars beginning in 2011. (WND photo / Joe Kovacs)
In the wake of WND's exclusive coverage revealing the absence of Pearl Harbor Day from American-made calendars, two major publishers are doing an "about face" and will now include the day of remembrance in its 2011 editions.
San Francisco-based BrownTrout Publishers, the largest calendar publisher in the world, tells WND it will now include Pearl Harbor Day starting with next year's publications.
"We have gone back into our files and added Pearl Harbor Day and never intended to offend anyone," said Wendover Brown, publisher of BrownTrout. "All other citations on the grids are being reviewed and revised. We never meant to offend with our products nor promote a political agenda."
Just hours before BrownTrout's announcement, a Colorado-based company indicated it also was adding the American event to its 2011 calendars.
"It's going to be there," said Bob Gall, president of Blue Mountain Arts, which has never cited Pearl Harbor Day on Dec. 7 on any of its calendars since the company's inception in 1971.
Gall confirmed the change after Jenny Rutherford, Blue Mountain's customer-service lead sent an e-mail today stating, "Due to customer feedback, we will be adding Pearl Harbor Remembrance days on our 2011 calendars."
Publishers across the nation have been flooded with complaints this week from citizens angry not only that Pearl Harbor Day has been missing, but also that the floating date of Islamic New Year is cited for Dec. 7, 2010, on many datekeepers.
"This is a slap in the face to many veterans of this country," Rob Sussman of Cheyenne, Wyo., blasted to Blue Mountain Arts in an e-mail. "What the heck are you guys thinking to 'honor' Islam at the expense of a 'day that will live in infamy?' If not for the U.S. victory, you wouldn't be able to publish anything! I used to buy products from Blue Mountain, but no longer. In fact, I'm taking back the cards I did purchase and telling the vendor why."
Upon learning of Blue Mountain's reversal, Sussman told WND, "I'm convinced it's because of the work you've done to raise awareness of this very important issue! Thanks again for all of your efforts!"
Donna Brandt of Marshalltown, Iowa, echoed the sentiment, saying, "You made Americans aware of an issue, they spoke up and changes are being made! Now if only our U.S. legislators would listen to us like businesses do."
As WND reported, Gall was initially unsure when WND first asked him why Pearl Harbor Day had not been included, saying it was "really interesting why we don't. I question the same thing. It is a significant event in our lifetime. Good question. I don't know."
All calendars produced by the world's largest calendar company, BrownTrout Publishers of San Francisco, make no mention of Pearl Harbor Day, but instead cite Dec. 7, 2010 as the Islamic New Year. In the wake of WND's coverage, the company has decided to include Pearl Harbor Day in its calendars beginning in 2011. (WND photo / Joe Kovacs)
After investigating the matter, he discovered the company had never included Pearl Harbor Day in its publications.
He told WND today he wasn't happy with publicity on the issue, stating, "We're pretty innocent in the whole thing."
Other observances Blue Mountain Arts currently deems worthy of inclusion in its calendars are:
March 1: National Women's History Month begins
April 11: Holocaust Remembrance Day
April 21: Administrative Professionals Day
April 22: Earth Day, as well as Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
May 1: May Day
May 4: National Teacher Day
May 5: Cinco de Mayo
Aug. 11: First Day of Muslim Ramadan
Aug. 26: Women's Equality Day
Sept. 21: U.N. International Day of Peace
Nov. 16: The Muslim Eid-al-Adha
Dec. 26: First Day of Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, St. Stephen's Day in Ireland
The company did not completely ignore the military, though, as Armed Forces Day is noted on May 15 in addition to federal holidays such as Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
Susan Polis Schutz, co-founder of Blue Mountain Arts
Blue Mountain Arts was co-founded by anti-war activist Susan Polis Schutz, the director and executive producer of "Anyone and Everyone," a film about parents of homosexual children.
Concerning her film, she stated, "It is a lot easier for gay people to come out now than it was 15 years ago. However, there is still prejudice. In some cases the prejudice is flagrantly overt, in other cases through more subtle biases of the mind. And there remain antiquated laws and unequal rights that inhumanely and negatively affect gay people all over the world."
She created Blue Mountain Arts with her husband, Stephen, and employed her son, Rep. Jared Schutz Polis, D-Colo., the first openly "gay" congressman elected as a freshman to the U.S. House. Jared actually changed his last name to Polis to honor his mother's maiden name.
According to Denver's Westword, Jared Polis in recent years has donated heavily to Democratic campaigns and left-leaning organizations, including giving $200,000 to MoveOn.org.
As WND first reported last week, Publix Supermarkets, a major chain in 5 Southeastern states, pulled its free, 2010 calendar from shelves after outraged customers flooded the company with complaints for citing the Islamic New Year at the expense of Pearl Harbor Day.
The forward magazine of USS Shaw explodes during the 2nd Japanese attack wave on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Dec. 7, 1941. To the left of the explosion, Shaw's stern is visible, at the end of floating drydock. At right is the bow of USS Nevada, with a tug alongside fighting fires.
A South Florida radio station, WFTL, brought the matter to light with its midday hosts, Joyce Kaufman and Jeff Katz, urging listeners to bombard Publix with their concerns.
Ironically, while Publix did not include Pearl Harbor Day, it did find space for National Boss Day and Administrative Assistant's Day.
Kimberly Jaeger of Publix
The inclusion of those non-holidays contradicts a statement last Wednesday by Publix spokeswoman Kimberly Jaeger who explained, "Traditionally, our calendars have solely noted holidays. Due to the number of holidays in a calendar year, days of remembrance have not been noted."
Publix also found room to list independence days for many foreign countries such as Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Central America, Cuba, Haiti, Mexico, Paraguay, Uruguay and Trinidad and Tobago.
In the wake of WND's reporting, the supermarket has taken on a more apologetic tone, telling its customers, "We would never knowingly disappoint you. We truly regret and apologize for having done that. Our intent was never to exclude important dates or to reduce the importance of any one day. Since our customer base is very diverse, we make every effort to do the right thing, for the most people."
According to WND readers, another calendar maker citing the Islamic New Year over Pearl Harbor Day is Myron Corp. of Maywood, N.J.
But not all publishers have omitted the World War II attack. The National Pen Co. of Shelbyville, Tenn., as well as the National Rifle Association and Mead are among those who take note of Pearl Harbor Day, while excluding the Islamic New Year for 2010.
It was the December 1941 attack on U.S. forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, that precipitated America's entry into the Second World War.
The day after the Japanese onslaught, President Franklin Roosevelt declared, "Yesterday, December 7, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan."
According to the Naval History and Heritage Command, Americans losing their lives that day numbered 2,403, including 68 civilians, most of whom were killed by improperly fused anti-aircraft shells landing in Honolulu. There were 1,178 military and civilian wounded.
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