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Ben Franklin's bifocals Thursday, September 12, 2013

Inventor Richard Gatling    The Gatling gun
[1818 - Richard Jordan Gatling, inventor, weaponeer, born in Como, Hertford County, North Carolina]

Writer H. L. Mencken    Critic H. L. Mencken    Commentator H. L. Mencken
[1880 - H. L. Mencken, writer, critic, commentator, born in Baltimore, Maryland]

Young Maurice Chevalier    Actor Maurice Chevalier
[1888 - Maurice (Auguste) Chevalier, actor, singer, born in Paris]

Publisher Alfred A. Knopf
[1892 - Alfred A. Knopf, Sr., publisher, born
in New York City]

Comedian Ben Blue    Comedian Ben Blue
[1901 - Ben Blue (Benjamin Bernstein), comedian, actor, born in Montreal, Quebec]

Young Jesse Owens    Sprinter Jesse Owens    Track & Field Great Jesse Owens    Track & Field Great Jesse Owens
[1913 - Jesse (James Cleveland) Owens, Olympic & National Track & Field Hall of Famer, born in Oakville, Alabama]

Driver Tony Bettenhausen   Racing Driver Tony Bettenhausen
[1916 - Melvin Eugene 'Tony' Bettenhausen, Motorsports Hall of Famer, born in Tinley Park, Illinois]

Actress Irene Dailey    Actress Irene Dailey    Actress Irene Dailey
[1920 - Irene Dailey, actress, born in New York City]

Our Lady . Statue of Liberty

She stands at seaward portal to the greatest city of the greatest country.
Not astride the harbor like some giant colossus of the ancient world.
Quietly, off to one side, like a lady, demure, so all eyes are drawn to her.

You can ride the Staten Island Ferry for no dollars and with no sense.
You will pass her close enough to blow her a kiss.
You should do it, for she is beautiful, and she likes to be kissed.

She held her torch aloft for over a century, and seemed never to tire.
A few years ago, Oprah gave her a makeover and she got a face lift.
Some said she needed it. I never thought it necessary.

9-11-Liberty and Manhattan skyline

In Fall 2001, out of her left eye, she saw the Twin Towers burn and fall.
One tear also fell onto her pedestal, but made no sound and left no mark.
Now she weeps in the early morning when the ferry runs less frequently.

World Trade Center site and Lady Liberty

William's Whimsical Words:

What Have You Done To My Country?

Statue of Liberty Close-up

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