In the famous and loveable “A Charlie Brown Christmas” television cartoon, Lucy dismisses the contributions of classical music composer Beethoven because, as she puts it, he had never gotten his picture on a bubblegum card.


In the famous and loveable “A Charlie Brown Christmas” television cartoon, Lucy dismisses the contributions of classical music composer Beethoven because, as she puts it, he had never gotten his picture on a bubblegum card.



“He never got his picture on bubblegum cards, did he?” Lucy tells the piano-playing Schroeder in the 1965 classic. “... How can you say someone is great who’s never had his picture on bubblegum cards?”



Today’s equivalent to the old bubblegum card may just be the bobblehead. So, I couldn’t let this little tidbit slip by without addressing it. Wednesday was National Bobblehead Day.



No, really. I received an email about the event, and looked it up, and sure enough, there is a National Bobblehead Day.



But even going beyond a day that recognizes “spring-connected head bobbing figurines,” there are plans for a National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in Milwaukee. The grand opening is set for 2016, so mark your calendars.



Honestly, bobbleheads have become quite the collector’s items. Many depict sports stars and athletes. These days, not a Major League Baseball season goes by without teams offering free bobblehead promotions featuring the team’s most popular players.



Just like bubblegum cards, bobbleheads have become a way for the average fan to connect with their sports heroes — or any other kind of hero for that matter.



But still, a national day for the bobblehead? Well, I suppose it makes sense considering some of the other things we have national days for, such as Talk Like a Pirate Day, Clean Off Your Desk Day (which is coming up on Monday by the way), and of course my personal favorite, Bikini Day.



As an aside, Bikini Day is July 5 and celebrates the 1946 invention of the bikini by encouraging women to spend the day in a bikini. Come on, who’s not in favor of a day like that?



But I digress.



I wouldn’t mind having a bobblehead likeness of me. I think that would be pretty cool. Somehow I don’t think there is a huge market out there for middle-aged newspaper journalist bobbleheads. And I certainly worry about the mindset of anyone collecting such a genre of bobbleheads.



But who knows? Beethoven eventually did get his picture on a bubblegum card. And, there’s actually a Beethoven bobblehead, too. Take that Lucy.



Ken Buday is the editor of the Havelock News. He can be reached at 444-1999 or at ken.buday@havenews.com.