Eagles everywhere are shedding single patriotic tears, and the spirit of Thomas Jefferson is slow clapping on the roof.
You know George Washington and John Hancock as Founding Fathers. But what about George Washington, successful whiskey distiller? Or John Hancock, fortified wine importer?
Take John Adams, second president of the United States and father of the sixth, who started each day with a tankard of cider. Adams also served as lawyer for Hancock, who got into a kerfuffle in 1768 when the British seized his sloop, the Liberty, in Boston Harbor, claiming - charges that didn't stick - that Hancock had avoided paying duties on most of his shipment of Madeira, a fortified wine.
Twenty-eight-year-old former college track star Alysia Montano, under encouragement from her doctors, ran the 800 meters in yesterday's U.S. Track and Field Championships, finishing in 2 minutes, 32.13 seconds. Montano stated that the encouragement from her doctors " took away any fear of what the outside world might think about a woman running during her pregnancy....What I found out mostly was that exercising during pregnancy is actually much better for the mom and the baby. … I did all the things I normally do … I just happened to be pregnant. This is my normal this year."