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Novelist Emily Bronte    Novelist Emily Bronte
[1818 - Emily Bronte, novelist, born in Thornton, Yorkshire]

Economist Thorstein Veblen    Economist Thorstein Veblen    Economist Thorstein Veblen
[1857 - Thorstein Veblen, economist, author, born in Valders, Wisconsin]

Car Manufaturer & Ford Founder Henry Ford    Ford Founder Henry Ford
[1863 - Henry Ford, auto manufacturer, innovator, born in Dearborn, Michigan]

Casey Stengel   Hall of Fame Manager Casey Stengel    Casey Stengel's Hall of Fame Plaque    Hall of Fame Manager Casey Stengel    Hall of Fame Manager Casey Stengel
[1890 - Casey (Charles Dillon) Stengel, baseball player, New York Yankee Hall of Fame manager, born in Kansas City, Missouri]

Sculptor Henry Moore    Sculptor Henry Moore's Seated Woman    Sculptor Henry Moore    Sculptor Henry Moore at work
[1898 - Henry Spencer Moore, sculptor, born in Castleford, Yorkshire, England]

Actor Ben Piazza   Actor Ben Piazza
[1934 - Ben Piazza, actor, director, author, born in Little Rock, Arkansas]

Heavy Cruiser USS Indianapolis (CA-35) underway in 1942
[1945 - USS Indianapolis (CA-35), is torpedoed by a Japanese sub, and sinks in the mid-Pacific; of a crew of 1,196 officers and men, only 318 survive]

All-Pro Dwight White    Steeler Dwight White
[1949 - Dwight White, Pittsburgh Steel Curtain All-Pro defensive end, born in Hampton, Virginia]

President Johnson signs Medicare law - President Truman looks on
[1965 - President Lyndon Johnson signs Medicare law with President Truman looking on]

Grandpa Moment #1

Grandson number two (Zach, then a precocious three-year-old) is visiting. We are in the backyard near an area of crushed rock with a stepping stone path through it. He, running down the path, went down kind of hard. First impulse: run to him, snatch him up, tend to the wounds, if any. Then, the thought; maybe an opportunity to teach.

Walk to the child and pick him up. He is crying by now. Instead of making a fuss that might alarm him further, just hold him close for comfort, and ask in as normal a tone as possible:
"Did you get hurt?"
"I stubbed my toe, grandpa."
"You know, it's a funny thing about stubbed toes. They hurt for just a little while and then hardly at all."
"You're right grandpa, it doesn't hurt any more."

Put him down again so that he can go on with his business.

William's Whimsical Words:

Learning to deal with pain is an essential life skill.

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