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Margarette
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Okay, I've had any number of PMs asking me how I came up with "Sadie Hawkins" in the title of my little predicament. I have answered a few of them, but I figured I'd make a general post to the board about just who this Sadie Hawkins was. From the Li'l Abner site:

"Sadie Hawkins Day, an American folk event, made its debut in Al Capp's Li'l Abner strip November 15, 1937. Sadie Hawkins was "the homeliest gal in the hills" who grew tired of waiting for the fellows to come a courtin'. Her father, Hekzebiah Hawkins, a prominent resident of Dogpatch, was even more worried about Sadie living at home for the rest of his life, so he decreed the first annual Sadie Hawkins Day, a foot race in which the unmarried gals pursued the town's bachelors, with matrimony the consequence. By the late 1930's the event had swept the nation and had a life of its own. Life magazine reported over 200 colleges holding Sadie Hawkins Day events in 1939, only two years after its inception. It became a woman empowering rite at high schools and college campuses, long before the modern feminist movement gained prominence. The basis of Sadie Hawkins Day is that women and girls take the initiative in inviting the man or boy of their choice out on a date, typically to a dance attended by other bachelors and their aggressive dates. When Al Capp created the event, it was not his intention to have the event occur annually on a specific date because it inhibited his freewheeling plotting. However, due to its enormous popularity and the numerous fan letters Capp received, the event became an annual event in the strip during the month of November, lasting four decades."

So, Sadie Hawkins appears to be the first "liberated" woman in the Ozarks. And, it was because of Sadie Hawkins Day, that Daizy Mae and Li'l Abner were married....and SHE asked him!

So, now you know. Just another bit of mindless trivia

Margarette

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Harry Murphy
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And I thought I was the only person left on earth that remembers that! Sadie Hawkins days were still being held when I was in High School (well before the "Pill' and women's lib). Man do I miss Al Capp, and the denizens of Dogpatch!

Heck, back in the day, I tried for the "Marrying Sam Three Dollar Wedding!" You remember, that was the one where Preacher Sam stripped off his shirt and wrestled the bride at the altar. If he won, the groom didn?t have to get married!

My ex now wishes that she had thrown the match and took a dive!

Thanks for the history lesson (and for me a gentle trip down memories lane).
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