So, today is Frank Zappa Day, eh?
Have you heard the news?
Today, Dec. 21, 2009, is Frank Zappa Day.
Mayor Sheila Dixon issued the proclamation, which makes it official. Why today? Well, today was his birthday, and he was born in Baltimore.
I did have one question, however: Is Frank Zappa Day just today? Or every Dec. 21 from now on?
So I called Scott Peterson, the mayor's spokesman, and asked him. His response was pretty funny ...
"That's a good question," he said. "I don't know how those proclamations work. ... If every Dec. 21 could be, it should be."
Amen to that, Scott.
Scott put me in touch with Jeanette Garcia, Mayor Dixon's deputy director of correspondence and constituent services, which is a really long and boring way of saying Garcia, among other things, helps issue proclamations like this one.
Interesting fact: There are no permanent So-and-So days. Every year, somebody somewhere has to file a formal request to have a certain day made into Frank Zappa Day or Billie Holiday Day.
This isn't the first Frank Zappa Day, and probably won't be the last. The first one was in the summer of August 2007, when Zappa's son Dweezil was in town to play his dad's music. The second one was Dec. 21, 2008.
Garcia hopes to have every Dec. 21 from now on designated Frank Zappa day. I do too.