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by Peter Moskos

March 5, 2012

Happy Pulaski Day!

Pulaski Day was our favorite day off from school, growing up in Illinois. Even then we knew it was special.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:
But why is Casimir Pulaski honored here rather than any other Polish war hero from the Revolutionary War? Because Pulaski is easier to pronounce than Kosciuszko.
There you have it. Here in New York, Pulaski and Kosciuszko are just a couple of bridges between Queens and Brookyln. And we get Jewish holidays off.


Anonymous said...

Hey , how can you ignore the Pulaski Skyway ? Yeah, I know it starts in Jersey City, but as far as I am concerned (not to mention Mayor Bloomberg and the NYPD Mooslim Squad), that's close enough to New York City to qualify.

PCM said...

I didn't know about it!

Jay Livingston said...

And how can you (you of all people) ignore Kosciusko mustard?

PCM said...

The official mustard of The American Revolution!

Gotti Rules said...

Hey Pete,
Baltimore has Pulaski Highway and Pulaski Street (SW district).

Kielbasa Kid said...

New Yorkers find it very easy to mispronounce "Koscuisko." Koskeeahsko isn't even in the ballpark.

PCM said...

I read in the Sun-Times a few ago that Illinois may be doing away with Pulaski Day as a school holiday. The shame.