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Ben Franklin's bifocals Friday, August 30, 2013

Writer Mary Shelley   Writer Mary Shelley    Writer Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
[1797 - Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (Godwin), author, born in London]

Cedar Mountain, Virginia
[1862 - Second Battle of Manassas is fought at Cedar Mountain, Virginia]

Dr. Claire Straith   Dr. Claire L. Straith (Rt)
[1891 - Claire Straith, plastic surgeon, auto safety pioneer, born in Detroit]

Actor Raymond Massey    Actor Raymond Massey    Actor Raymond Massey as Abe Lincoln
[1896 - Raymond (Hart) Massey, actor, born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada]

Actress Shirley Booth    Tony Award Actress Shirley Booth    Tony & Emmy Award-winning Actress Shirley Booth
[1898 - Shirley Booth (Thelma Booth Ford), Oscar, Tony & Emmy Award-winning actress, born in New York City]

Writer John Gunther    Writer John Gunther    Writer John Gunther
[1901 - John Gunther, writer, born in Chicago]

NAACP Director Roy Wilkins    Civil Rights Leader Roy Wilkins    Writer John Gunther
[1901 - Roy Wilkins, civil rights leader, born in St. Louis, Missouri]

Actress Joan Blondell    Actress Joan Blondell    Actress Joan Blondell    Actress Joan Blondell
[1906 - (Rose) Joan Blondell, actress, born in New York City]

Actor Fred MacMurray   Actor Fred MacMurray
[1908 - Fred (Fredrick Martin) MacMurray, actor, born in Kankakee, Illinois]

War Hero Spy Nancy Wake    World War II Hero Nancy Wake
[1912 - Nancy Grace Augusta Wake, 'White Mouse', World War II spy, French
Resistance hero, born in Wellington, New Zealand]

Ted Williams gets all of it    Ted Williams Hall of Fame plaque    Ted Williams parks another one
[1918 - Ted Williams, Major League Baseball Hall of Fame player, baseball's last .400 hitter, born in San Diego, California]

Singer, Songwriter John Phillips    Singer, Songwriter John Phillips
[1935 - John Phillips, singer, songwriter (The Mamas & The Papas) born in Parris Island, South Carolina]

I Saw a Ship

ship under sail

The Ship of State's a-sailing,
A-sailing on the sea.
Oh, it is debt laden, but,
No pretty things for thee.

There are comforts in the cabin,
And corporate pork in the hold.
The sails are made of silk;
The masts are all of gold.

The four-and-twenty soldiers
That stand between the decks,
Keep prisoners in Guantanamo
With chains about their necks.

Oh, Captain you are accountable,
Don't be another political hack,
"It must have been those Republicans"
Isn't what brought you back.

William's Whimsical Words:

Keep your promise, Mr. President; close that Gitmo hell-hole.

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