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Ben Franklin's bifocals Saturday, July 12, 2008

Writer Henry David Thoreau   Walden Pond
[1817 - Henry David Thoreau, writer, born in Concord, Massachusetts]

Kodak Founder George Eastman
[1854 - George Eastman, inventor Kodak camera,
born in Waterville, New York]

George Washington Carver   George Washington Carver in the lab
[1865 - George Washington Carver, botanist, born near Diamond Grove, Missouri]

Oscar  Hammerstein II
[1895 - Oscar (Greeley Clendenning) Hammerstein II,
lyricist, songwriter, born in New York City]

Pablo Neruda reading poetry on the radio
[1904 - Pablo Neruda, poet, Nobel Prize for Literature, born in Parral, Chile]

Comedian Milton Berle
[1908 - Milton Berle (Mendel Berlinger),
comedian, born in New York City]

Comedian Curly Joe DeRita
[1909 - 'Curly' Joe DeRita (Joseph Wardell),
comedian, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]

Feel Free to Talk

An old Thirties song, Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone, (Words and Music by Sidney Clare, Sam H. Stept & Bee Palmer), is a classic relationship breakup ballad. William, being of an age when his departure, although perhaps not imminent, is likely of a more permanent nature, offers with sincere apologies to Sid, Sam, & Bee:

Please do talk about me when I'm gone,
Though our touching ceases from now on;
And, if you can't say anything that's nice,
Don't say anything at all, is my advice.

I think I will miss me when I pass on;
And join the majority in the Forrest Lawn.
Makes no difference how I carried on,
Remember, please do talk about me when I'm gone.

William's Whimsical Words:

Or, as Eeyore would put it, "Thanks for noticing me."

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