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Ben Franklin's bifocals Friday, September 13, 2013    Yom Kippur begins at sundown

Walter Reed, USA    Major General Walter Reed, USA
[1851 - Major General Walter Reed, US Army, physician, surgeon, born in Belroi, Virginia]

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

John J. Pershing, USA    General Black Jack Pershing   General John J. Pershing, USA
[1860 - John (Joseph) Pershing, US Army General, born near Laclede, Missouri]

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

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

Father of Bluegrass Bill Monroe    Father of Bluegrass Bill Monroe    Musician Bill Monroe
[1911 - Bill Monroe, Country Music Hall of Fame singer, songwriter, born in Rosine, Kentucky]

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

Actor Scott Brady    Actor Scott Brady
[1924 - Scott Brady (Gerard Kenneth Tierney), actor, born in Brooklyn]

Composer Maurice Jarre    Composer Maurice Jarre    Composer Maurice Jarre    Composer Maurice Jarre
[1924 - Maurice-Alexis Jarre, Academy Award-winning composer, conductor, born in Lyon, France]

Singer Mel Torme    Singer Mel Torme
[1925 - Mel Torme (Melvin Howard Torma), Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter,
born in Chicago]

Singer Yma Sumac    Singer Yma Sumac    Singer Yma Sumac
[1927 - Yma Sumac (Zoila Emperatriz Chavarri del Castillo), singer, born in Ichocan, Peru]

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.

Rain on the Parade

William's Whimsical Words:

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

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