National Shrink Day
annually on September 5th
National Shrink Day celebrates psychologists and psychiatrists. September 5 was chosen as the date because it is Bob Newhart's birthday, and he played a psychologist on The Bob Newhart Show. Born as George Robert Newhart in 1929 in Chicago, Newhart changed his name to Bob while in high school. He began working at an advertising agency in Chicago as an accountant and copy editor at the age of 30, while also working on comedy material.
He was quickly discovered by a disc jockey, who introduced him to the head of talent at Warner Bros. Records. He was signed to a contract and released The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart in 1960. It became the first comedy album to reach number one on the Billboard charts, and it was added to the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry in 2006. Known for his low-key satire, Newhart went on to work in film and television. The Bob Newhart Show lasted six seasons, from 1972 to 1978. He later starred in two other series, Newhart and Bob.
How to Observe National Shrink Day
Celebrate the day by scheduling an appointment with a psychologist or a psychiatrist, or by learning about some famous psychologists or psychiatrists. You could also spend the day watching The Bob Newhart Show.