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Ben Franklin's bifocals Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Poet Walt Whitman as a yound man    Poet Walt Whitman    Poet Walt Whitman    Walt Whitman as old man
[1819 - Walt Whitman, poet, journalist, essayist, born in West Hills, New York]

Johnstown, a wall of water comes

Johnstown, Pennsylvania, after flood disaster    Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Cambria ruins
[1889 - Johnstown, Pennsylvania, dam breaks and resultant flood causes 2,300 deaths]

Commedian Fred Allen    Fred Allen with Portland Hoffa    Fred Allen with baby Portland Mason
[1894 - Fred Allen (John Florence Sullivan), comedian, radio star, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts]

Actor Denholm Elliott    Actor Denholm Elliott    Actor Denholm Elliott    Actor Denholm Elliott
[1922 - Denholm Elliott, actor, born in London]

Edward Bennett Williams   Lawyer Edward Bennett Williams
[1920 - Edward Bennett Williams, trial lawyer, sports team owner, born in Hartford, Connecticut]

Jim Hutton as Ellery Queen    Actor Jim Hutton
[1934 - Dana James 'Jim' Hutton, actor, born in Binghamton, New York]

Singer Johnny Paycheck    Singer Johnny Paycheck    Country Singer Johnny Paycheck
[1941 - Johnny Paycheck (Donald Eugene Lytle), country singer, born in Greenfield, Ohio]

Adolf Eichmann in 1940    Adolf Eichmann in the dock
[1962 - Adolf Eichmann, Nazi war criminal, is hanged in Ramleh Prison, Israel, following his trial]

A Pilgrimage

Lincoln Memorial

Jefferson Memorial interior with his Statue    Tomb of the Unknowns - honor guard patrols

Our Capitol with fine monuments abounds.
You come upon them just strolling around.
Some are temples, some are statues.
Most extol their object's virtues.

One you can visit that is not like that,
Stands like a stranger in the midst of heroes.
A stark black wall with names upon it.
Fifty-eight followed by three more zeros.

It marks the war that wasn't needed.
It commemorates the voice unheeded.
You will not visit without emotion,
Now, shed a tear for their devotion.

Vietnam Memorial - The Wall

William's Whimsical Words:


Simple Tribute at the Wall

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