This is National Columnists' Day, courtesy of my brothers and sisters at the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.
Full disclosure: Until today I knew nothing about the existence of either the holiday, or the organization.
The first Columnists' Day was celebrated in 1995 -- the 40th anniversary of Pyle's death while covering the war in the Pacific.
Today, charming customs such as "take a columnist to lunch" or, even better, "kiss a columnist" are surely appropriate ways to mark the occasion, even if a recent abundance of bad news (Boston, DC, Texas) has put many of us in a pensive rather than festive mood.
But here's wishing a happy National Columnists' Day to all of the people who read what people like me are fortunate enough to do for a living.