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franklin-bifocals-60 Monday, March 27, 2017       Easter Sunday

Frigate USS Constitution under sail
[1794 - Congress authorizes the construction of six frigates, (including USS Constitution), for the US Navy]

Lithographer Nathaniel Currier
[1813 - Nathaniel Currier, lithographer, born in
Roxbury, Massachusetts]

X-Ray Scientist Wilhelm Roentgen    Scientist Wilhelm Roentgen
[1845 - Wilhelm Roentgen, Nobel Prize-winning scientist, born in Lennep, Prussia]

Photographer Edward Steichen
[1879 - Edward Steichen, artist, photographer, born in Luxembourg]

Author Thorne Smith    Author Thorne Smith with his kids  Topper by Thorne Smith
[1892 - (James) Thorne Smith, Jr., author, humorist, born in Annapolis, Maryland]

Actress Gloria Swanson    Actress Gloria Swanson
[1899 - Gloria Swanson (Gloria May Josephine Svensson), actress, born in Chicago]

Jazz Clarinetist Pee Wee Russell
[1906 - Pee Wee Russell, jazz musician,
(clarinet), born in Maplewood, Missouri]

Announcer Fred Foy    Announcer Fred Foy
[1921 - Fred (Frederick William) Foy, radio & TV announcer, born in Detroit, Michigan]

Singer Sarah Vaughan    Sister Sarah Vaughan - The Divine One
[1924 - Sarah Vaughan, jazz singer, born in Newark, New Jersey]

Cellist Mstislav Rostropovich    Mstislav Rostropovich    Cellist Mstislav Rostropovich
[1927 - Mstislav (Leopoldovich) Rostropovich, cellist, conductor, born in Baku, Azerbaijan]

Actor David Janssen    Actor David Janssen
[1931 - David Janssen (David Harold Meyer), actor, born in Naponee, Nebraska]

Actress Maria Schneider    Actress Maria Schneider   
[1952 - Maria Schneider (Marie Christine Gelin), actress, born in Paris]

Critical Mass

Nobel Physicist Enrico Fermi

Fermi showed us how it could be done.
Others captured flame from out the sun.
Requirement for sustained chain-reaction:
Just enough matter for its satisfaction.

Could man now learn a greater lesson?
How sustain a peace and tame his passion.
What mass of horrors must there be,
Before we claim that victory?

A-Bomb explosion

William's Whimsical Words:

We aint there yet.

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