In real life, Punxsutawney, PA is the home of Phil and of the Groundhog Day activities of which this furry oracle is the center. It is also home to the “Punxsutawney Groundhog Club” that pays homage to Phil. And Bill Cooper, President of the “Inner Circle” of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, is officially listed as the Groundhogese expert responsible for the translations from Groundhogese into English every Groundhog Day, just like the Groundhog Day movie’s guru. With this I do not kid you, as the following comes from the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club itself, “Bill is officially the man in charge of the daunting task of translating Punxsutawney Phil and his message in Groundhog-ese on Gobbler’s Knob so that the forecast can be accurately delivered to Phil’s followers,” and weather forecasters around the nation, and in some cases, the world.
If ever there were a personage who could answer the immortal question, “How much wood would a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood?” then President Cooper would be the man, and not the insurance commercial woodchucks, by the way. Happy Groundhog Day 2011, and we will be updating with Phil’s message by the way!