Not every holiday’s lucky enough to have a classic pop song attached to it. But that’s exactly how things turned out for National Lineman Appreciation Day.
“I am a lineman for the county
And I drive the main road
Searchin’ in the sun for another overload…”
Jimmy Webb wrote “Wichita Lineman” in 1968 and Glen Campbell recorded it later that year. “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked it at number 195 on a list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.
More on that later.
Linemen (and women) work on power or phone lines — keeping the current flowing to our homes and businesses. It’s a dangerous job. After 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, the 113th Congress passed a bill designating April 18 as National Lineman Appreciation Day.
The bill became law in 2013.