Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Rewriting History

              Before I launch into today's blog, Rewriting History, I just have to give a shout out to the amazing and talented folks who are bringing one of my comedies to life this weekend in Southern California. Award-winning Director Gina Bikales writes: Come support the funniest reading this season, Joni Hilton's Burying Aunt Beulah. Great cast. Great script. Don't miss it. March 7 and 8. UUCOD 760-345-7938 for tickets. $10.  
               Here's the talented cast, for whom I am extremely grateful:
              This play has it all-- humor, strife, tragedy, tremendous arcs of growth, and two surprises that will send you home forever changed.  Honest.

               And now, today's blog:

            I love Groupon.  In fact, I bought a Groupon just the other day. 

            But the bloom is off the rose, shall we say, now that I’ve discovered Groupon has been rewriting history.
            According to the online site, MyFoxNY.com, Groupon ran a President’s Day promotion last month, claiming Alexander Hamilton was a U.S. President.  Al, or Hammy, as those of us around then always called him, was certainly one of our founding fathers.  But he was never the president.

            Have all the videogames and animated movies around today blurred the distinction between fiction and reality? What causes a reputable company like Groupon to make such a glaring mistake?
            They didn’t just list him as a former prez, either.  They called our first secretary of the Treasury “undeniably one of our greatest presidents and most widely recognized for establishing the country's financial system." 
            Lemme get this straight.  Was this before, or after Vice President Aaron Burr shot and killed him in a duel? 
The Groupon ad went on. "President Hamilton is best known for the fiscal sensibilities that led him to author economic policies, establish a national bank and control taxes," Groupon's press release said.  
I wonder when they think Hamilton served.  Was it right after Benjamin Franklin, perhaps?  And then, when MyFoxNY.com asked them about it—and included a list of all the real U.S. presidents—a Groupon spokesperson said, “We'll just have to agree to disagree."
Yes, one of those differences of opinion, I guess.  President John Hancock would roll over in his grave.
I promise there isn’t one fake president in my books.  Check out Pinholes Into Heaven, a literary novel about a man growing up in the Fifties.  And no, it’s not Alexander Hamilton.


  1. I'm not surprised. In education now they want to talk about protecting the environment (which is important to a degree), but ignore basic American history for our young people. Knowing that ADULTS in Groupon would blatantly refuse to acknowledge a big mistake is baffling, and frankly, more than a little worrisome!

    1. I agree-- history and geography have taken a huge hit. And then there's the accountability issue of refusing to admit such a glaring error! Thanks for your comment, and for reading.