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When comedian Jay Leno was hosting the Tonight Show he would have a regular segment called Jaywalking where he would go up to different people on the street and ask them who a particular important figure in history or of current times was.

The comedy or the punch line was when those people would give a quizzical look or have no clue as to what Leno was talking about or they would give some crazy answer. While that segment was funny, there was an interesting point to that.

Now with recent anniversaries like Pearl Harbor and the passing of legendary figures like astronaut John Glenn, boxer Muhammed Ali and golfer Arnold Palmer, it made me think about how many people, especially the younger generation, know about or are interested in American History.

If you went up to a young person now or someone in general and ask them about a historical figure or an important moment in history like the American Revolution it is safe to say they most likely wouldn’t have a clue as to what you are talking about or have some vague idea or not be interested at all.

On the flip side, if you were to ask those same people about a popular television program, a hit movie or a personality like Lady Gaga they would give you all of the details or an opinion about it. While liking a popular show or personality is great, history cannot be ignored.
It has been said that we can learn from history and that history has a way of repeating itself.

I got to admit that I really enjoy American history and its a wonderful hobby to have. Granted not everyone is a fan of studying history or an event that took place 150 to 250 years ago. However, if we learned about history, imagine how that can help us now or in the future.