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Ben Franklin's bifocals Thursday, August 8, 2013

Polar Explorer Matthew Henson    Matthew Henson grave marker, Arlington    Explorer Matthew Henson
[1866 - Matthew Alexander Henson, polar explorer, born in Charles County, Maryland]

Folk Hero Emiliano Zapata
[1879 - Emiliano Zapata, revolutionary leader,
born in Anenecuilco, Morelos, Mexico]

Poet Sara Teasdale    Poet Sara Teasdale
[1884 - Sara Trevor Teasdale, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, born in St. Louis, Missouri]

Writer Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
[1896 - Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, journalist,
novelist, born in Washington, D.C.]

Composer Victor Young    Composer Victor Young    Composer Victor Young
[1899 - Victor Young, composer, born in Chicago]

Nobel Physicist Ernest O. Lawrence
[1901 - Ernest O. Lawrence, Cyclotron inventor,
born in Canton, South Carolina]

Jazzman Benny Carter    Jazzman Benny Carter    Jazz Saxman Benny Carter
[1907 - Bennett Lester 'Benny' Carter, jazz musician, composer, arranger, born in Harlem]

Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg   Ambassador Arthur J. Goldberg
[1908 - Arthur J. Goldberg, UN Ambassador, Supreme Court justice, born in Chicago]

Actress Sylvia Sidney   Actress Sylvia Sidney
[1910 - Sylvia Sidney (Sophia Kosow), actress, born in The Bronx]

Announcer John Facenda    NFL Voice John Facenda    Sportscaster John Facenda
[1913 - John Facenda, announcer, sportscaster, NFL voice, born in Portsmouth, Virginia]

Arranger Axel Stordahl
[1913 - Axel Stordahl, composer, director,
arranger, born in Staten Island]

Actor Rory Calhoun    Actor Rory Calhoun
[1922 - Rory Calhoun (Francis Timothy McCown), actor, born in Los Angeles]

President Truman at UN Charter Signing
[1945 - President Harry S. Truman signs the UN Charter]

Home, Land, Security

Wife and Daughter argue loudly
Over what to wear with what.
We continue sleeping soundly.
This great noise disturbs us not.

Whispered words by a stranger
Anywhere about the home,
Send signal, mayhap of danger.
Awakened now, as by a shot.

William's Whimsical Words:

Of course, there is no completely secure place in this universe.

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