Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 99]: Have a joke and a smile

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The year was 1963 and Harvey Ball was sad. Well, Harvey wasn’t sad, really — until he realized how much more than $45 he could’ve made from his enduring design — it was a bunch of insurance company workers who needed cheering up. Go figure!

Next thing you know, Ball’s iconic Smiley Face was on morale-boosting buttons and by the early 1970s was being ordered by the tens of thousands. Then came honors and promotions, a cameo in “Forrest Gump” even — yup, Harvey Ball’s Smile was everywhere.

Now, it has its own day: Oct. 7. Hitch has a smile for every occasion.


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