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Ben Franklin's bifocals Saturday, February 20, 2010

Colonel William Prescott
[1726 - William Prescott, Revolutionary War
commander, born in Groton, Massachusetts]

Actor Joseph Jefferson
[1829 - Joseph Jefferson, stage actor, born in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]

Original drawing of Met exterior
[1872 - Metropolitan Museum of Art opens in New York City]

Ansel Adams  Photographer Ansel Adams
Ansel Adams - The Tetons and the Snake River
[1902 - Ansel Adams, western photographer, born in San Francisco]

Soviet Premier Alexey Kossygin
[1904 - Aleksey (Nikolevich) Kosygin,
Soviet premier, born in
Saint Petersburg, Russia]

Newsman John Daly
[1914 - John Daly, Emmy Award-winning reporter,
TV host, born in Johannesburg, South Africa]

Producer & Director Robert Altman
[1925 - Robert Altman, producer, director,
born in Kansas City, Missouri]

Actress Amanda Blake
[1929 - Amanda Blake (Beverly Louise Neill), actress, born in Buffalo, New York]

LT Edward O'Hare in the cockpit in 1942
Navy Medal of Honor    USS Lexington (CV-2)
[1942 - Navy Lt. Edward O'Hare (USS Lexington) becomes first American WW-II flying ace]

John Glenn    John Glenn by Friendship 7 Capsule
[1962 - LtCol John Glenn, USMC, is first American to orbit Earth]

The Best President

President Harry S. Truman

One dozen Presidents have I seen:

FDR was worshiped as a Savior.
Harry Truman was called a failure.
Eisenhower ran things like an army.
JFK had vision but was taken from me.

The consummate politician was LBJ.
Nixon was cunning, but was a villain.
Jerry Ford had a natural, easy way.
Carter was kind but was not forgiven.

Ronald Reagan looked and played the Part.
Bush the Elder was the true Patrician.
Bill Clinton was probably much Too Smart.
While Bush No. 2 had White House discipline.

But Harry had the Right Stuff, you see.
Moral Courage, and also Humility.
One to fill the sail of Ship of State,
The other a Compass to keep it Straight.

A few were larger than life it seemed.
Most were flawed like the rest of us.
Life-sized was Harry, now redeemed.
In the end, all will return to dust.

President Obama has now arrived.
Barack and Me, we both survived.
State of the Country looks kinda iffy,
I'm counting on him to make it spiffy.

William's Whimsical Words:

Some in stature were diminished.
Others were enhanced, or frozen.
Now my little history's finished.
And I have seen a Baker's Dozen.

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