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Ben Franklin's bifocals Friday, July 18, 2008

Writer William Makepeace Thackeray
[1811 - William Makepeace Thackeray, author, born in Calcutta, India]

Playwright Clifford Odets
[1906 - Clifford Odets, playwright, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]

Actor Hume Cronyn
[1911 - Hume Cronyn (Blake), actor, born in London, Ontario, Canada]

Comedian Red Skelton
[1913 - Red (Richard Bernard) Skelton, Emmy Award-winning comedian, born in Vincennes, Indiana]

Joe Hill alive Labor Hero Joe Hill dead showing firing squad bullet holes
[1914 - Joe Hill sentenced to death in Utah (later executed)]

Doughboys at the beginning of Aisne-Marne battle
[1918 - Start of the WW-1 Battle of Aisne-Marne]

Aisne-Marne Cemetary
[Aisne-Marne Cemetery & Memorial]

R&B musician Screamin’ Jay (Jalacy) Hawkins
[1929 - Screamin' Jay (Jalacy) Hawkins, R&B singer, pianist, born in Cleveland, Ohio]

Be Present

Writers live in the present because they know that something that is just about to happen may needs end up on the page.

Aisne-Marne Memorial
[Aisne-Marne Memorial]

William's Whimsical Words:

Writers live in the present and soldiers die in it.

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