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Ben Franklin's bifocals Thursday, August 30, 2007

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

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

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

NAACP Director Roy Wilkins
[1901 - Roy Wilkins, civil rights leader, born in St. Louis, Missouri]

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

Ted Williams Hall of Fame plaque

Ted Williams parks another one
[1918 - Ted Williams, baseball's last .400 hitter, born in San Diego, California]

Singer, Songwriter John Phillips
[1935 - John Phillips, singer (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 was debt laden, but,
No pretty things for thee.

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

The four-and-twenty sailors
That stood between the decks,
Kept prisoners in Guantanamo
With chains about their necks.

The Captain was not accountable,
He is just another hack,
"It must have been those other guys,"
The Captain said, "Quack! Quack!"

D. Duck and his nephews

William's Whimsical Words:

The above portrait should not be confused with an official White House cabinet photo.

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