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Ben Franklin's bifocals Thursday, July 10, 2008

Visionary Nicola Tesla
[1856 - Nicola Tesla, scientist, inventor, born in Smiljan, Croatia]

Painter James McNeill Whistler Painter James Whistler - Self Portrait
[1834 - James (Abbott McNeill) Whistler, artist, born in Lowell, Massachusetts]

Writer Marcel Proust
[1871 - Marcel Proust, author, born in Auteuil, France]

Writer Saul Bellow
[1915 - Saul Bellow, Nobel & Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, born in Lachine, Quebec]

News Anchor David Brinkley
[1920 - David Brinkley, TV journalist, born in Wilmington, North Carolina]

Jean Kerr Writer Jean Kerr - Please Don't Eat the Daisies
[1923 - Jean Kerr (Collins), author, born in Scranton, Pennsylvania]

Clarence Darrow for the defense in the Scopes Trial
[1925 - Trial begins in Dayton, Tennessee, of John Scopes, high school science teacher,
accused of teaching evolution in violation of Tennessee state law]

Actor Nick Adams
[1931 - Nick Adams, actor, born in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania]

Tennis Hall of Famer Arthur Ashe
[1943 - Arthur Ashe, Tennis Hall of Famer, born in Richmond, Virginia]

Rainbow Warrior Greenpeace Vessel
[1987 - French agents sink Rainbow Warrior in Auckland harbor killing Fernando Pereira]

Stray Cat

He was found with his brother under a bush
Ran up a tree and refused to come down.
The neighborhood rescue squad was called.
When they caught him they were all appalled.

Smelling of gasoline, with every rib showing,
This bedraggled kitten was hardly a prize.
Too frightened to purr when held or petted.
He hid in dark places showing only cat eyes.

startled cat saying yikes!

William's Whimsical Words:

Still does sometimes.

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