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Ben Franklin's bifocals Friday, February 21, 2014

Alice Freeman Palmer    Educator Alice Freeman Palmer
[1855 - Alice (Elvira Freeman) Palmer, educator, born in Colesville, New York]

Washington Monument
[1885 - The Washington Monument is dedicated]

Guitarist Andrés Segovia    Guitarist Andrés Segovia    Classical Guitarist Andrés Segovia
[1893 - Andres Torres Segovia, classical guitarist, born in Linares, Spain]

Poet W.H. Auden    Poet W.H. Auden
[1907 - W.H. (Wystan Hugh) Auden, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, born in York, England]

Actress Ann Sheridan    Actress Ann Sheridan
[1915 - Ann (Clara Lou) Sheridan, actress, born in Denton, Texas]

The New Yorker First Cover
[1925 - The First issue of The New Yorker is published]

Director Sam Peckinpah
[1925 - Sam Peckinpah, director, born in Fresno, California]

Writer Erma Bombeck    Writer Erma Bombeck    Writer Erma Bombeck
[1927 - Erma Bombeck (Fiste), humorist, columnist, writer, born in Dayton, Ohio]

Soul Singer Nina Simone    Singer Nina Simone
[1933 - Nina Simone (Eunice Waymon), singer, born in Tryon, North Carolina,]

Actress Rue McClanahan    Actress Rue McClanahan    Actress Rue McClanahan
[1934 - Rue (Eddi-Rue) McClanahan, Emmy Award-winning actress, born in Healdton, Oklahoma]

Lawyer Barbara Jordan    Congresswoman Barbara Jordan    Educator Barbara Jordan
[1936 - Barbara Charline Jordan, lawyer, educator, Congresswoman, born in Houston, Texas]

DNA spinning    Francis Crick (right) & James Watson
[1953 - F. Crick & J. Watson discover structure of DNA-molecule]

Malcolm X
[1965 - Malcolm X, black Muslim leader,
assassinated in New York at age 39]

The political philosophy of black nationalism means that the black man should control the politics and the politicians in his own community; no more.
Malcolm X

Are We There?

We are like children trapped by our own impatience in the back seat, capable only of pestering the adults in front with repeated cries of: "Are we there yet?"

The answer is as plain as the nose on your face (or on the face of the sage). It can be found in any shopping mall. Go to the intersection of the paths and you will find there a map of the small commercial universe. Plainly marked on it is the spot called: "You are here."

Earth as seen from Mars

William's Whimsical Words:

nothing special.

galaxy lens showing Earth's position in the Milky Way

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