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Oakville Residents Lead National Effort to Change Columbus Day

Should Columbus Day be changed to Exploration Day? Read more and let us know what you think!

OAKVILLE, MO -- Three locals are trying to change Columbus Day to Exploration Day.

The movement started in the living room of Karl Frank Jr. after TV reports of Neil Armstrong’s death. Frank—a and —wanted to honor the astronaut's accomplishments.

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“I have never been a fan of having a Federal holiday named after Columbus's accidental conquest. Like my wife said when I mentioned this to her, ‘Why? Because saying he discovered America is like walking into a grocery store and saying you discovered milk?’” .

Frank recruited friends Tom Diehl and Dr. Rod Wright. Diehl is a former Mehlville school board president and Wright is a political scientist and public relations specialist.

The group started a petition for the White House and needs 25,000 signatures by Sept. 27 for officials to review the petition. As of Monday night, their petition has 1,176 signatures.

The movement has officially gone national.

Wired’s Jeffrey Marlow wrote a story Sept. 7 calling for support because Columbus Day's popularity has been decreasing over the years.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bill McClellan is also gathering votes for the group saying, “Christopher Columbus is to heroes what Pluto is to planets.”

Frank said Exploration Day would allow people to celebrate Columbus, but also any other explorer that’s made innovations in the physical or technological world.

The group has a blog and Facebook page, and people can sign the online petition here

guest September 11, 2012 at 08:48 PM
This is a ridiculous emotional comment. Stop politicizing everything. I also think changing Columbus Day to Exploration Day is ridiculous too.That's as bad as Presidents Day. All these holidays have become a day off from work and/or a Big Sale Day. It's a disgrace. Most young people and their parents even don't know the real meaning for these holidays anyway.
Alfred Rizzo September 11, 2012 at 08:56 PM
I once worked in a company that had a number of engineers who were predomiately German. they looked down on Italians and would always bring up their superiority. one day while at coffee break i brought up the fact that while their ancestors were in a cave eating with their hands we Romans (Italians) were seated at a table in our home eating with knife, fork and spoon.
dan crabtree September 11, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Liberals with way to much free time on there hands summer breaks maybe..oh and genuis with-out colombus you would have been born a ???? certainly not an american...
MoonBeamWatcher September 11, 2012 at 09:13 PM
This crap is right up our legistartor's alley and should keep them in SINGLE digital popularity! It's jobs dingbats, read my lips J O B S !
Eugene mannarino September 11, 2012 at 09:21 PM
THIS IS UNREAL BUT AGAIN WHY NOT JUST DO AWAY WITH IT ALL .why not change the name of MLK DAY to something like something for everyone who preached Peace Like Mother Theresa .
Rebekah September 11, 2012 at 09:30 PM
I agree with those who said that Columbus was no explorer of lands. He was an explorer of WEALTH. If you study history you will find that not only did he accidentally stumble upon South America but he certainly not the first. You will also learn that as a result of Columbus setting foot in the Americas, well over 1 MILLION Native Americans became victims of genocide that he was DIRECTLY responsible for. Additionally it was Columbus who FIRST established SLAVERY in South America along with the export of Native slaves to Europe. His governing of the territory was to supress and torture and was so bad even those he counted as friends testified to his cruelty. His own letters prove it as well. Having said all that I feel that for this country to celebrate a man such as Christopher Columbus, and for other individuals to support honoring that celebration is a the very least disgusting. Its the equivalent to having a Adolph Hitler day. Some can claim ignorance of the history but that is no excuse. If you're going to defend a position you should know the facts. Lastly, while I think its a great idea to replace Columbus Day with ANYTHING else, I think it would be more appropriate to be renamed to honor the Native American People, who at the hand of the white man suffered a genocide that pales in comparison to the jewish holocost.
Rebekah September 11, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Correction I meant to say that the jewish holocost pales in comparision to the genocide inflicted by Columbus against the Native Ameriscans.
Rebekah September 11, 2012 at 09:46 PM
FYI just to let you know not ALL republicans are racist and to generalize them the way you have is identical behavior.
Bruce September 11, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Just another attempt at political correctness-- take a nice, focused memorial celebration and turn it into some mish-mash of collective "inclusion" to make sure nobody's "hero" is "left out". Enough, please!
AM September 11, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Most people don't even realize it's Columbus Day unless Google or AOL offer new backgrounds, or unless you're in a school setting where the curriculum gets set aside to throw in a lesson about Columbus (and some already mention other explorers as well.) But then again, most people don't know the difference between Veteran's Day and Memorial Day and only question why they don't get off work...and Labor Day is just the last day off before school is in full swing. Okay, so we change it to Explorers Day so we can include more explorers. Please keep it to GEOGRAPHICAL explorers. If you want a Scientist Day, or a Scientist Month so that schools focus on that, then do that seperately. And yes, I realize that some scientific discoveries came about with the help of geographical explorers: whether that was documenting Osage Oranges (Lewis and Clark) for the 'white man's culture', or the men who landed on the moon...and the exploring machines now floating around planets and through Space...the Final Frontier.
AM September 11, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Not a bad idea. Why not call it Peaceful Cooperating Day. Or love one another day. Or All you need is love day. MLK could still be celebrated, along with others who supported his cause of all of us getting along and working together!
jim rohrbach September 11, 2012 at 10:49 PM
National Holidays are so government workers can get paid not to work. If you want National holidays then everything should be closed. Next thing you should change is Thanksgiving Day. It is only a celebration of a big barbecue that happened before there was a USA.
AM September 11, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Replying to Thomas down below. Haiti is in the Americas. Only 'United Statesians' think that the term "America" only applies to the "United States OF America". (Remember your geography classes? Canada, Cuba, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil...to name just a few are all part of America. Gosh, they've even named two continents North AMERICA and South AMERICA,,,and there was a time we even talked about Central AMERICA. Where do you think Haiti is? Asia?)
Kitzer September 12, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Columbus is a 'wanna-be'!! He does not count!!
Kitzer September 12, 2012 at 12:22 AM
He never set foot in what is now know as America!! I 'discovered' a wad of chewing gum on the back of my childs headboard on Wednesday, 5 September 2012. I want it declared a Holiday!!
Jack September 12, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Mark, Neither Columbus nor Leif Erickson discovered America. Humans were already here when Columbus and Leif Erickson landed. No discovery! This has to stop!
RUTH PLENCNER September 12, 2012 at 04:02 AM
there they go the government trying to change the name of an important holiday LEAVE THINGS ALONE WHAT IS THIS WORLD COMING TO
Kitzer September 12, 2012 at 04:49 AM
Ruth - If you would READ the article, it's NOT the government that is trying to change this!!
JRENEK September 12, 2012 at 07:25 AM
Columbus didn't discover American, the Native Americans were already here. Lets have a day to honor them!
Karl Frank Jr. September 12, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Ruth, it was the government that made the federal holiday in the first place. In 1939, Franklin Roosevelt made it a holiday after heaving lobbying from the Knights of Columbus. And so, far, it's not the government. This is a "We the People" petition.
Karl Frank Jr. September 12, 2012 at 11:50 AM
The bottom line is that this is what we are all about: "We propose that Columbus Day be re-dedicated as Exploration Day, for the true American spirit is about achieving the impossible through exploration, scientific research, innovation and creativity. America continues to inspire the dreamers, the courageous, the adventurers and the resolute to reach farther, to build greater and to strive to make America that more perfect union." https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/rededicate-columbus-day-exploration-day/Z608fK5N
Karl Frank Jr. September 12, 2012 at 11:51 AM
We wlll be live on the Big 550 this morning at 7:50am with McGraw Millhaven: If you would like to listen online: http://www.ktrs.com/listen-now
Saint Cynicism September 12, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Apparently, the only thing worse than your reasoning skills is your grasp of the English language. I'm not entirely sure how changing "Columbus Day" to "Exploration Day" is an example of political correctness. This idiot tripped and fell into a continent he didn't know was there, barely avoiding a rightly deserved fate of starvation at sea. I'd rather celebrate people who actually accomplished something they set out to do, rather than someone who decided finding people who looked different was reason enough to pick a few up and take home, thus kicking off the ridiculously genocidal colonial policy of the Spaniards (not to mention most of the European powers that followed, though France was unusually nice about it). But hey, maybe you're okay with things like that, so long as all the rapes, brutal enslavement, and murders was committed by people who swore they were just being Good Christians and those others deserved it.
Karl Frank Jr. September 13, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Media Updates: Here is the audio from the Big 550 with McGraw Millhaven. Click on Audio and then "Karl Frank and Tom Diehl." http://www.ktrs.com/shows/weekdays/the-mcgraw-show# And Fraser Cain of Universetoday.com endorsed our efforts as well. He indicates he may write an article in support. http://explorationdayusa.org/2012/09/13/fraser-cain-from-universetoday-com-plugs-exploration-day-efforts/
Raygun September 13, 2012 at 07:41 PM
No one cares.
Karl Frank Jr. September 15, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Raygun, so you are the official spokesperson for "no one." :) We will be on Don Marsh's 'St. Louis on the Air' on Wednesday at 11:45am. 90.7 FM - Should be interesting fun. We love Don Marsh! - http://www.kwmu.org/programs/slota/index.php#.UFSDgLJlSao
Karl Frank Jr. September 20, 2012 at 04:13 AM
Tom Diehl and I were on St. Louis on the Air Today with Don Marsh 90.7FM You can listen to the audio here: http://www.news.stlpublicradio.org/post/city-museum-co-founder-gail-cassilly-exploration-day
Terri September 20, 2012 at 01:14 PM
I guess that's why we're called "Columbians".
waagtod September 20, 2012 at 03:43 PM
No,Vespucci stole the thunder. Typically, someone comes along after the fact and takes the credit!! But Columbus was probably a liberal, a conservative would just accept there already was a way to India, why look for another way?
d.hasch September 22, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Too much time on their hands, apparently. Come on guys. if you want to do something constructive, bring Oakville a nice upscale restaurant so we don't have to ride out to West County to have a nice evening. Glass Olive was a breathe of fresh air.

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