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Ben Franklin's bifocals Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Painter Sir Joshua Reynolds
[1723 - Sir Joshua Reynolds, artist, born in Plympton St. Maurice, Devon, England]

Washington, D.C. - Capitol City in earlier time
[1790 - Congress declares Washington, D.C. permanent capital of the United States]

Christian Science founder Mary Baker Eddy
[1821 - Mary Baker Eddy, religious leader, born in Bow, New Hampshire]

Explorer Roald Amundsen
[1872 - Roald Amundsen, explorer, born in Borge, Norway]

Actress Barbara Stanwyck
[1907 - Barbara Stanwyck (Ruby Stevens), actress, born in New York City]

Dancer & Actress Ginger Rogers
[1911 - Ginger Rogers (Virginia Katherine McMath), dancer, Academy Award-winning actress, born in Independence, Missouri]

Jazz Musician Cal Tjader
[1925 - Cal Tjader (Callen Radcliffe Tjader Jr.), Grammy Award-winning musician, composer, born in St. Louis, Missouri]

Packer Wide Receiver Max McGee in Super Bowl I
[1932 - Max (William) McGee, Packers wide receiver, born in Saxton City, Nevada]

A-bomb fireball from a distance
[1945 - First atomic bomb is tested at Alamogordo, New Mexico]

Singer and Composer Harry Chapin
[1981 - Harry Chapin, singer, composer, dies in New York car crash]

The Little Kitten Test

One day, your daughter (if you are lucky enough to have one) may bring home someone special to meet the family. You already know that there is no one good enough for her, but you need to determine how great a threat this candidate poses. Find some excuse to hand him a little kitten. If he teases it, show him off the premises. If he puts it down right away, consider crossing him off your list of preferred sons-in-law. If he instinctively takes it close to his body and holds it securely so that the kitten starts to purr, your daughter may have a keeper and you may have some additional grandchildren.

little kitten friends

William's Whimsical Words:

If you are fresh out of kittens, any small and helpless creature will do.

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