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Ben Franklin's bifocals Thursday, August 29, 2013

Old Daimler motorcycle    Classic Harley motorcycle
[1885 - The First motorcycle, made by Gottlieb Daimler, is patented]                               [A later evolution]

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

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

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

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

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

Actor Richard Attenborough
[1923 - Richard Samuel Attenborough, actor, born in
Cambridge, England]

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

[1949 - USSR detonates its first atomic bomb]

King of Pop Michael Jackson    King of Pop Michael Jackson    King of Pop Michael Jackson
[1958 - Michael Joseph Jackson, singer, dancer, entertainer, born in Gary, Indiana]

Katrina damage to New Orleans house    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 Trajedy

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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