WHAT OTHERS SAY: Let's make Missouri the first 'high-jack' state

Friday, April 18, 2014 | 5:55 p.m. CDT; updated 6:07 p.m. CDT, Friday, April 18, 2014

Sadly, it doesn’t look like the Missouri Legislature is going to get around to making the “high-five” the official state greeting.

House Bill 1624 has been languishing in committee since we reported on it in late January.

However, an equally impressive bill, HB 1603, making the jumping jack the official state exercise, has made it through the House and is awaiting action in the Senate.

For seven years, fourth-graders at Pershing Elementary School in St. Joseph have been learning about the legislative process by advocating for the jumping jack.

Here’s a hint, kids: You want something done fast, ask Mom and Dad to write big checks.

Calisthenics lore has it that Gen. John J. Pershing, who was raised in Linn County, Mo., before going on to command U.S. forces in World War I, invented the jumping jack in his time at West Point.

Should the bill become law, Missouri would join Maryland (walking) as the only states with official exercises.

Here’s an idea: If you exercise in a group and if your coordination is impeccable, you can do jumping jacks while simultaneously high-fiving people on either side of you.

Maybe next year we can get a sponsor for the “high-jack” as the official state ... something.

Copyright St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Reprinted with permission.

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