everybody is thrilled about Valentine's Day. On February 14th
of every year there are just as many if not more single people
as there are couples who have to spend the whole day being
reminded of their loneliness. Well some people have begun
to fight back against all the mushy talkers and lovers on
Valentine's Day. Besides the common protests of wearing all
black on the big day, one person in particular has started
another celebration on that day.
14, 1998, will be the 5th annual Al Capone Day. Al Capone
was the most famous Chicago bootlegger of whiskey during the
Prohibition days of the 1920's. When Al Capone reigned in
the streets of Chi-Town, the homemade hootch ran free, and
the blood ran even freer.
14, 1929 is actually the date of the great Valentine's Day
Massacre. Although it was never proven the Capone was responsible,
all believe that Capone's men gunned down several of a rival
bootlegger, Bugs Moran's, henchmen on that date.
Five years ago Mark Kinney, a graduate of Western Kentucky
University and a broadcaster was sick of being single on valentine's
day and feeling left out, so he started the idea of celebrating
the Al Capone massacre instead.
"It started as a radio broadcast on WWHR, the student
run station at Western Kentucky university, as sort of an
Anti-Valentine's day celebration," Kinney says.
"Sure it's rather tasteless to celebrate a bunch of people
being killed, but it beats being sickened to death by all
the mushiness that comes to the surface on the typical Valentine's
Al Capone day has not quite caught on as much as its rival
has, but then again it is only five years old.
"I'm trying to spread this new holiday, to make it an
event for all the people who are unwillingly single during
this sap-drenched time of year."
So remember, if you find yourself eating dinner for one this
Valentine's Day, and you're sick of seeing people smooch in
front of you, there is an alternative. Grab a case of whiskey,
a tommy gun, and join Mark Kinney in the celebration of Al