Friday, July 10, 2009
A smile brightens any day. And smiles — and smileys — abound, thanks to Harvey Ball, who was born on this date in 1921. Ball, who was in the advertising business, was hired in 1963 by an insurance company interested in raising company morale; he was directed to create a smiling face to put on buttons, stickers and posters. Ball created the smiley face in just a few minutes, earning $45 for his work. He later founded the World Smile Corporation which organizes World Smile Day, held on the first Friday in October. Its slogan is, "Do an act of kindness — help one person smile."
Quote: "Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened." — Dr. Seuss