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Ben Franklin's bifocals Monday, July 18, 2016

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

Actor Chill Wills    Actor Chill Wills    Actor Chill Wills
[1903 - Chill Wills, actor, singer, born in Seagoville, Texas]

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

Pianist Lou Busch    Pianist Lou Busch    Composer Lou Busch
[1910 - Lou Busch (Louis Ferdinand Bush) (aka Joe 'Fingers' Carr), pianist, arranger, composer, born in Louisville, Kentucky]

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

Comedian Red Skelton    Comedian Red Skelton    Comedian Red Skelton    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 is sentenced to death in Utah (later executed by firing squad)]

Statesman Nelson Mandela    President Nelson Mandela    Statesman Nelson Mandela    Statesman Nelson Mandela   Nelson Mandela Statue
[1918 - Nelson Mandela, Nobel Peace prize-winning South African President, born in Mvezo, Cape Province, South Africa]

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

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

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

Writer Henter S. Thompson    Writer Henter S. Thompson    Writer Henter S. Thompson    Writer Henter S. Thompson
[1937 - Hunter S. (Stockton) Thompson, journalist, author, born in Louisville, Kentucky]


Be Present

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

Aisne-Marne Château-Thierry Memorial
[The Aisne-Marne Chateau-Thierry Memorial at night]


William's Whimsical Words:

Writers live in the present and soldiers die in it.

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