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October 16, 2006

National boss day

By Matt Kane

According to my oversized calendar, today is National Boss Day.

In other words, around the country, those busting their humps for a paycheck will be sucking up to the guy or gal who signs that check.

The commemorative day, which was started in 1958 by — no, not Hallmark — Patricia Bays Haroski, an employee at State Farm Insurance Company at the time, is always celebrated Oct. 16, which, this year, is, ironically, a Monday — the day many employees consider the worst work day of the week.

The Hallmark web site I Googled across, when researching the day, made it a point to mention the greeting card company offers 47 Boss’s Day cards.

Cards are always nice, simple gifts to give, but I was wondering what some of the ones made for Boss’s Day might say inside.

Here are a few I managed to sneak a peak at before they were dropped in the boss’ mailbox.

Dear Mr. Steinbrenner:

Along with Bruce Springsteen, you are certainly The Boss; Thanks for not firing me after our team’s playoff loss,

Love, always (or at least for another season) — Joe Torre

Dear Mr. Maturi

We appreciate you giving us a chance and sticking with us as we rebuild our Golden Gopher programs. We think the fans do too.

Sincerely — Dan (Munson) and Glenn (Mason)

Dear Mr. Childress

I have great respect for your decision to remain conservative on the football field during this election season.

Yours truly — The offense

Dear Mr. Naegele, Mr. Sperling, Mr. Thomas and Mr. Pepin (Naegele Sports, LLC):

The new additions to our team have been great so far. Who would have known we would have liked scoring goals this much? Keep up the good work.

With great appreciation — Your Wild players and coaches

Dear Mr. Tagliabue and Mr. Goodall

Thank you, both, for believing I can get better. I will work my hardest to kick my bad habits — again, and again, and again. . . .
I (hiccup) love you guys,

Sincerely — Koren Robinson

Dear Mr. Davis

Thank you for making me a member of the big bad Oakland Raiders. I apologize if I didn’t understand the context of the word “bad” when I first signed. All is clear now.

Your homie — Randy Moss

Mr. Bonds

If it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t be the nationally known celebrity I am today, and I could never have afforded this studio apartment in the Bay Area. Thanks for getting me where I am today.

Your pal — Greg Anderson, personal trainer.

These are just a few of the thoughtful greeting cards I came across last week before they found their ways to the boss’ desk.

I hope all of you who are reading this remember to send your supervisor a note of thanks, or whatever, today. Just remember to write carefully. After all, he or she is still the one who signs the paychecks.

In parting, I would like to send out my blessings to Boss Hogg, the Big Boss Man, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and the entire cast of Who’s the Boss.

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