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Ben Franklin's bifocals Friday, June 9, 2017

George Stephenson    Steam Locomotive Designer George Stephenson
[1781 - George Stephenson, steam locomotive inventor, born in Wylam,
Northumberland, England]

Songwriter Cole Porter    Songwriter Cole Porter with his dog
[1891 - Cole (Albert) Porter, composer, lyricist, born in Peru, Indiana]

Band Leader Fred Waring    Band & Choir Leader Fred Waring    Broadcaster Fred Waring    Fred Waring with blendor
[1900 - Fredrick Malcolm 'Fred' Waring, musician, conductor, inventor, born in Tyrone, Pennsylvania]

Guitarist Les Paul    Guitarist Les Paul
[1915 - Les Paul (Lester William Polsfuss), guitarist, inventor, born in Waukesha Wisconsin]

SecDef Robert McNamara    Robert McNamara in 1967    Robert McNamara at the World Bank    Older and wiser Robert McNamara
[1916 - Robert Strange McNamara, Secretary of Defense, president of World Bank, born in San Francisco]

Screenwriter, George Axelrod    Director George Axelrod
[1922 - George Axelrod, playwright, screenwriter, director, born in New York City]

Launching of USS George Washington (SSBN-598)
[1959 - USS George Washington (SSBN-598), first nuclear powered ballistic missile submarine, is launched]

Secretariat humbles the field at The Belmont
[1973 - Secretariat, first Triple Crown winner in 25 years, humbles the field and wins The Belmont in record time]

    Original Jack and Jill LCPL Jack and PFC Jill

Jill and Jack went to Iraq,
To fetch Bush a Saddam pistol.
Jack fell down without a sound,
And North Korea launched a missile.

LCPL Jill went back to Iraq
Because Obama said she had to.
She went to train the friendly troops,
But could't find a soul to talk to.

North Korean missile launch

William's Whimsical Words:

Pretty costly little war.
George Bush's Saddam pistol war trophy

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