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Ben Franklin's bifocals Friday, August 29, 2008

Old Daimler motorcycle

Classic Harley motorcycle
[1885 - First motorcycle, made by Gottlieb Daimler, is patented]

Poet Oliver Wendell Holmes
[1809 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, poet, physician, author, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts]

Actor Barry Sullivan
[1912 - (Patrick) Barry Sullivan, actor, born in New York City]

Academy Award & Emmy-winning actress Ingrid Bergman
[1915 - Ingrid Bergman, Academy Award & Emmy-winning actress, born in Stockholm, Sweden]

Actor George Montgomery
[1916 - George Montgomery (Letz), actor, artist, born in Brady, Montana]

Jazz Great Charlie (Bird) Parker, Jr.
[1920 - Charlie (Charles) Parker Jr., jazz musician, born in Kansas City, Kansas]

Singer Dinah Washington Dinah Washington belting out a blues number
[1924 - Dinah Washington (Ruth Lee Jones), singer, born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama]

[1949 - USSR detonates its first atomic bomb]

Hurricane Katrina New Orleans downtown damage
[2005 - Hurricane Katrina makes landfall near New Orleans, as predicted five days previously by the US Weather Service]

Un-civil Disobedience

SNCC Poster America is Devouring its Children

University of Chicago in the Fifties,
Cal-Berkeley in the Sixties,
Kent State for the ages, all
Earthquake epicenters of student dissent.
Can someone tell us where the spirit went?

Kent State

Once, tectonic plates of youthful rebellion,
Ground together on plains of public opinion,
Met glacial movements of established order.
Casting up mountain ranges of aspiration,
Reaching for peaks of hope that never came.

Uncle Sam really wants You button

William's Whimsical Words:

Time to open another bottle of this stuff?

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