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Ben Franklin's bifocals Wednesday, July 10, 2013

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

Painter James McNeill Whistler    James Whistler's Cremorne Lights
[1834 - James (Abbott McNeill) Whistler, artist, born in Lowell, Massachusetts]

Brewer Adolphus Busch
[1839 - Adolphus Busch, brewer, born in Kastel,
Hesse, Germany]

Writer Marcel Proust    Marcel Proust    Writer Marcel Proust in 1896
[1871 - Marcel Proust, author, critic, essayist, born in Auteuil, France]

Songwriter Mitchell Parish    Lyricist Mitchell Parish
[1900 - Mitchell Parish (Michael Hyman Pashelinsky), songwriter, lyricist, born in Lithuania]

Writer John Wyndham    Sci-fi Writer John Wyndham    Sci-fi Writer John Wyndham
[1903 - John Wyndham (John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris), Sci-Fi author, born in Knowle, Warwickshire, England]

Comic Book Artist Joe Shuster    Joe Shuster, co-creator of Superman    Joe Shuster Superman character    Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster
[1914 - Joe Shuster, comic book artist, Superman co-creator, born in Toronto, Canada]

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

Teacher Don Herbert    Mr Wizzard Don Herbert    Teacher Don Herbert
[1917 - Don Herbert (Donald Jeffrey Herbert Kemske), science teacher, actor, born in Waconia, Minnesota]

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

Eunice Kennedy Shriver    Eunice Kennedy Shriver    Eunice Kennedy Shriver
[1921 - Eunice (Mary) Kennedy Shriver, founder Camp Shriver and Special Olympics, born in Brookline, Massachusetts]

Writer Jean Kerr    Jean Kerr's Please Don't Eat the Daisies    Writer Jean Kerr
[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, a high school science teacher,
accused of teaching evolution in violation of Tennessee state law]

Guitarist Don Costa    Arranger Don Costa    Producer Don_Costa
[1925 - Dominick P. 'Don' Costa, producer, composer, arranger, guitarist, conductor, born in Boston]

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

Rainbow Warrior Greenpeace Vessel
[1987 - French government agents sink Greenpeace's 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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