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Ben Franklin's bifocals Saturday, October 3, 2009

Physician Sir Frederick Mason
[1844 - Sir Patrick Manson, tropical medicine physician,
born in Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, Scotland]

Gertrude Berg as Molly Goldberg
[1899 - Gertrude Berg (Tilly Edelstein), actress, born in Harlem]

Writer Thomas Wolfe
[1900 - Thomas Wolfe, author, born in Asheville, North Carolina]

Songwriter Johnny Burke    Johnny Burke album
[1908 - Johnny Burke, Academy Award-winning composer, lyricist, born in Antioch, California]

Author James Herriot    Veterinarian James Alfred Herriot (Wight) veting
[1916 - James Herriot (James Alfred Wight), veterinarian, author, born in Sunderland, County Durham, England]

USS Olympia
[1921 - USS Olympia sails for France to bring home Unknown Soldier from World War I]

Cartoonist Harvey Kurtzman    Satirist Harvey Kurtzman
[1924 - Harvey Kurtzman, cartoonist, Mad Magazine creator, born in Brooklyn]

Dancer & Choreographer Erik Bruhn
[1928 - Erik Bruhn, ballet dancer, choreographer,
born in Copenhagen, Denmark]

Blues Guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan Stevie Ray Vaughan
[1954 - Stevie Ray Vaughan, Grammy Award-winning blues guitarist, born in Dallas, Texas]

Berlin Wall - 1989
[1990 - Unity Day, East and West Germany reunite after 45 years]

One Mourning

One misty, moisty morning,
When cloudy was the weather,
I chanced to see an acid rain
Falling on the heather.

Climate weirder by the day,
Went to EPA to complain,
How dare you? They say,
And how dare you?
We're under orders to abstain.

acid rain damage in forest

William's Whimsical Words:

The acid rain must have fallen on the White House rose garden because they actually did something about it. The Congress, however, remains impotent.

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