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Ben Franklin's bifocals Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt
The Breakers - Vanderbilt's Rhode Island mansion
[1794 - Cornelius Vanderbilt, capitalist, born in Port Richmond, Staten Island, New York]

Womens Rights Activist Amelia Bloomer    Activist Amelia Bloomer
[1818 - Amelia Jenks Bloomer, women's rights advocate, writer, editor, publisher, born in Homer, New York]

Poet Julia Ward Howe    Poet Julia Ward Howe in old age
[1819 - Julia Ward Howe, abolitionist, activist, poet, author, born in New York City]

Wild Bill Hickok   Scout Wild Bill Hickok   James Butler Hickok
[1837 - Wild Bill (James Butler) Hickok, U.S. Marshall, scout, gambler, marksman, born in Troy Grove, Illinois

Isadora Duncan   Isadora Duncan - dancing
[1878 - Isadora Duncan, dancer, born in San Francisco, California]

Author Dashiell Hammett
[1894 - (Samuel) Dashiell Hammett, author, born
in St. Mary's County, Maryland]

[1905 - Battle of Tsushima Strait: Japanese defeat Russian fleet]

Writer Rachel Carson
[1907 - Rachel Carson, scientist, writer,
born near Springdale, Pennsylvania]

Hubert H. Humphrey
[1911 - Hubert H. Humphrey, 38th vice president of U.S.,
Senator, born in Wallace, South Dakota]

Actor Vincent Price   Actor Vincent Price
[1911 - Vincent (Leonard) Price, actor, born in St. Louis, Missouri]

Golf Great Slammin' Sammy Snead
[1912 - Sammy (Samuel Jackson) Snead, golf
champion, born in Ashwood, Virginia]

[1933 - Federal Securities Act is signed into law]

Golden Gate Bridge
[1937 - San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge opens to pedestrians]

Old Age

old man walking slow

Aging is a deadly process.
Patiently waits and never pauses.
Listens not, nor hears your prayer.
She comes to take you unaware.

grim reaper slashing

William's Whimsical Words:

Lest you be too upset with the prospect of aging, consider the alternative.

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