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Ben Franklin's bifocals Thursday, February 20, 2014

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

Actor Joseph Jefferson    Actor Joseph Jefferson as Rip Van Winkle    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 at work    Ansel Adams - The Tetons and the Snake River    Photographer Ansel Adams
[1902 - Ansel Adams, western photographer, born in San Francisco]

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

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

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

Actress Amanda Blake    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]

Actor Edward Albert    Actor Edward Albert    Actor Edward Albert
[1951 - Edward Albert (Edward Laurence Heimberger), actor, born in Los Angeles]

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

The Best President

President Harry S. Truman at his desk

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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