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Franklin bifocals Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Texas Founder Stephen F. Austin
[1793 - Stephen F. Austin, Texas founder, born in Wythe County, Virginia]

Poet William Cullen Bryant
[1794 - William Cullen Bryant, poet, born in Cummington, Massachusetts]

Football Great Bronko (Bronislaw) Nagurski Bronco Nagurski at work for Da Bears
[1908 - Bronko (Bronislaw) Nagurski, Pro & College Football Hall of Famer, born in Rainy River, Ontario, Canada]

Journalist Scotty Reston
[1909 - James Reston, journalist, columnist, born in Clydebank, Scotland]

Actor Charles Bronson
[1922 - Charles Bronson, actor, born in Ehrenfeld, Pennsylvania]

USS Oklahoma (BB-37) as refloated at Pearl Harbor
[1943 - Battleship USS Oklahoma (BB-37), sunk at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, is refloated]

You Don't Know Dick

I said to my children one night:

Don't even get to thinking that the World owes you a living.
The World doesn't owe you dick, shit.
What you get from this life is what you take from it with your own hands.

What I neglected to tell them is that you can take from this life whatever you would have. That is why heaven and hell are right here around you, not in some mythical after world. The trick is to figure out what is worth taking, and then go after it with purpose and commitment. No one can tell you what it is or how to get it.

William's Whimsical Words:

The life well lived is one in which you have seen your star and reached for it.

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