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Ben Franklin's bifocals Saturday, September 13, 2008

Candy Tycoon Milton S. Hershey
[1857 - Milton S. (Snavely) Hershey, candy magnate, born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania]

General John (Joseph)
[1860 - John (Joseph) Pershing, general, born near Laclede, Missouri]

Writer Sherwood Anderson
[1876 - Sherwood Anderson, writer, born in Camden, Ohio]

Actress Claudette Colbert
[1903 - Claudette Colbert (Lily Claudette Chauchoin), Academy Award-winning actress, born in Paris]

Father of Bluegrass Bill Monroe
[1911 - Bill Monroe, Country Music HoF singer, writer, born in Rosine, Kentucky]

Author Roald Dahl
[1916 - Roald Dahl, writer, born in Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales]

The Trick

Should thee receive some small measure
of recognition, take then modest pleasure
For an accomplishment during a lifetime made.

Doubt not that thou art worthy of some praise,
But careful be it neither blur nor turn your gaze.
Be not too full of self to see through the charade.

If small honor comes one need not eschew it.
Remember always, ye be not entitled to it.
Today the limousine, tomorrow rain on the parade.

William's Whimsical Words:

If success and failure are impostors, praise and condemnation are their shills.

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