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Franklin bifocals Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Swedish Nightingale Jenny Lind
[1820 - Jenny (Johanna Maria) Lind, singer,
born in Stockholm, Sweden]

Inventor George Westinghouse
[1846 - George Westinghouse, inventor, developer,
founder, born in Central Bridge, New York]

Naval War College Museum
[1884 - Naval War College is established at Newport, Rhode Island]

Architect Le Corbusier
[1887 - Le Corbusier (Charles-Edouard Jeanneret), architect, born in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland]

Actor Jerome Cowan
[1897 - Jerome Cowan, actor, born in New York City]

Scientist Florence Seibert
[1897 - Florence Seibert, physician, scientist,
born in Easton, Pennsylvania]

Actress Janet Gaynor
[1906 - Janet (Laura) Gaynor, Academy Award-winning
actress, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]

Actress Carole Lombard
[1908 - Carole Lombard (Jane Alice Peters), actress,
born in Fort Wayne, Indiana]

Explorer Thor Heyerdahl
[1914 - Thor Heyerdahl, explorer, author,
born in Larvik, Norway]

Writer Shana Alexander
[1925 - Shana Alexander (Ager), writer,
journalist, born in New York City]

President of Egypt Anwar el-Sadat
[1981 - Anwar el-Sadat, President of Egypt,
assassinated by Islamic fundamentalists]

The U.S. Naval War College

Elmo thought the Navy should be more trendy.
It could soften its image to be user friendly.
A War College sounded much too martial.
Just change the name thought the clever Admiral.

What else to call this venerable institution?
Scores of staffers now busily sought solution.
Perhaps a Naval Institute of Foreign Diplomacy
(When All Else Fails and We Put to Sea).

Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed,
The War College name although assailed,
Remained intact with colors proudly flying.
Luce and Mahan are likely still sighing.

Naval War College in fog

William's Whimsical Words:

Indeed it would also make sense to change the name of the Department of Defense back to the War Department, since it is clear that we aren't defending a thing in Iraq or Afghanistan except for our beleaguered troops, who should have been brought home long ago.

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