A man for all times.
Abraham Lincoln was a great man, a president of the United States at some point, wore a tophat, and was tall. He also started and finished one of the bloodiest wars in the history of mankind if not the United States. All on American soil. And again, he is at the center of a bitter war. This time it is a custody battle relating to naming rights. Which state can lay claim to having Lincoln within it’s borders at the most important part of his life?
Here are the facts: Lincoln was born in Kentucky. He lived there until he was 7. His family then moved to Indiana. When Lincoln was 22 the family moved again, this time to Illinois.
Lincoln was born in Kentucky, spent his adolescence and teen years in Indiana (possibly in a log cabin), and cut his political teeth in Illinois.
Kentucky doesn’t have much going for it, save for horses and bourbon. Therefore, Kentuckians like to make the claim that Lincoln is “from” Kentucky. This, of course, is true. However, one might say that Kentuckian’s are a little overzealous when it comes to said proclamation. Part of this zealotry is what makes for confusion when one passes into Indiana(like Marlo and LU.LU. did today), and a billboard proclaims that one is entering “Lincoln’s Boyhood Home.” Wouldn’t Lincoln’s boyhood home be Kentucky? A more accurate billboard might read: Welcome to Indiana: Home of Abraham Lincoln During His Tweens and Teens. For further clarification, under the words could be a series of pictures, like that famous picture of an ape gradually becoming a man and walking upright that’s in science textbooks showing Darwin’s theory of evolution, of Lincoln growing from a nine year old boy to an awkward tween to pimply teen and then molting his exoskelton to finally become a young 22 year old buck.
Something like would have saved LU.LU. a lot of headscratching.
Illinois doesn’t even give a shit about Lincoln because he’s dead and plus they already have Chicago, deep-dish pizza, President-elect Obama, Rod Blagojevich, and it’s where Perfect Strangers was filmed.
I dont know what Indiana has. I’ve never been there. I imagine there are a lot of farms and shit.
-Rip’s Brother Randy
P.S. For an orchestral version of Glen Rice’s Lincoln: A Man For All Times please visit the following link.