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If I was to ask how International Tom Hanks Day began, one not-so-far-fetched conclusion would be that it was hatched by a group of college buddies sitting around on a couch one April Fool’s Day afternoon in Kalamazoo with nothing to do. Makes sense.

Kevin Turk and a handful of Western Michigan University students began the homage to Thomas Jeffrey Hanks back in 2004 when one of the crew’s visionaries was struck with an almost transcendental stroke of genius—seemingly delivered to his brain by the hand of God—and the words “Hey, do you want to sit around and drink and watch Tom Hanks movies?” were finally uttered.