Sep 26, 2009

Apple Man

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

John Chapman, also known as Johnny Appleseed, was born in Leominster, Massachusetts, on this day year 1774 – two years before Americans declared themselves to be independent of English rule. He became famous, but not for his ability to fight or make money or write books. At a time when men were rough and tough, carrying guns and knives, John was a kind and gentle man. History calls him “a friend to man and to animals.” To the American Indians, he was a medicine man.

Johnny carried a bag of apple seeds wherever he went. He became famous for planting apple orchards across America, hence his name. There wasn’t an apple John didn’t like. Apples were his thing. You could say apples were the “apple of Johnny’s eye.”

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