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  In case you've forgotten, today is national 'Say Hi to Joe Day'
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Last EditedBILLYW  Apr 28, 2004 09:19am
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News DateWednesday, April 28, 2004 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
Description"Say Hi to Joe Day" probably sneaked up on you.

Today, April 28, is it, designed to recognize people named Joe and the many roles that average Joes play in American culture. But the holiday doesn't appear in almanacs or desk calendars. It's been on national television (thank Jay Leno for that), but President Bush hasn't decided to make it official yet. And unless you're a student at Service High, you won't know the holiday's founder from Joe Blow.

"Several people call me crazy," said instigator Joe Ewing, a senior at Service, "but they laugh when they say it."

Today marks the second year that Ewing, 17, and a handful of other Joe namesakes will celebrate. Participating Joes wear name tags; others observe the day by saying hi to the Joes in their lives. Supporters have grown from five Joes last year to 22 this year, with more than 100 non-Joes falling in line.

What inspired Ewing? Ask, and the fast-talking teen launches into a minute-long spiel -- in perfectly rehearsed deadpan -- about millions of Average Joes who head off to work each morning, drinking cups of Joe while reading about the G.I. Joes fighting overseas. At night, Ewing says, they come home to watch "Joe Millionaire" and eat sloppy Joes for dinner.

Its origin dates back to a school assignment. Ewing and his classmates were assigned to write a letter to President Bush addressing an issue important to them.

"Everyone was pro or against the war in Iraq," Ewing said, "but I thought we have to have something that unites us."

"Say Hi to Joe Day" was born, and Ewing made his pitch to the president. He even picked a date. Searching the Internet for a "significant Joe date," he came across a site that listed April 28 as, Ewing said, "the day the first cup of Joe was brewed in New York City." Ewing couldn't find additional information to back up the claim, and he isn't sure what year that cup of coffee was served, but he ran with it anyway.

And he's kept up the pace since, turning the pro
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