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Franklin bifocals Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Painting of Guy Fawkes with House of Lords in background
[1605 - Gunpowder Plot; Guy Fawkes tries to blow up the English Parliament]
(Remember, remember, the 5th of November)

Labor Pioneer Eugene V. Debs
[1855 - Eugene V. Debs, labor organizer, born in Terre Haute, Indiana]

Writer & Historian Will Durant
[1885 - Will (William J.) Durant, writer, historian, born in North Adams, Massachusetts]

[1893 - Raymond Loewy, inventor, engineer, born in Paris]

Actor Joel McCrea
[1905 - Joel (Albert) McCrea, actor, born in South Pasadena, California]

Singing Cowboy Roy Rogers
[1911 - Roy Rogers, singing cowboy, born in Cincinnati, Ohio]

Actress Vivien Liegh
[1913 - Vivien Leigh (Vivian Hartley), actress, born in Darjeeling, India]

Actor John McGiver
[1913 - John McGiver, actor, born in New York City]

Sinclair Lewis Sinclair Lewis - typing
[1930 - Sinclair Lewis wins Nobel Prize for Literature]
(First American to win the prize)

Toad Hall Retaken

Toad Hall

With the help of the good natured Rat, the faithful Mole, and the sturdy Badger, Toad Hall has been retaken from the stoats and weasels who seized and occupied it eight years ago. No one knows why it took so long for the humble dwellers along the Riverbank and in the Wildwood to figure out that this needed to be done. Thank goodness they eventually got it right.

It is all too obvious that the scoundrels who seized the magnificent structure have trashed the Hall and its grounds beyond all recognition. It may take decades to repair the damage to the structure and restore the edifice to its previous condition of prominence in the community. We must now all pull together in furtherance of that worthy objective.

Mr. Toad

William's Whimsical Words:

It remains to be seen if the Hall's new occupants are up to the task.

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