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Franklin bifocals Monday, November 17, 2008

Suez Canal traffic
[1869 - Suez Canal opens to shipping]

Social Worker Grace Abbott
[1878 - Grace Abbott, social worker, born in Grand Island, Nebraska]

Director Lee Strasberg
[1901 - Lee Strasberg (Israel Strassberg), director, teacher, born in Budzanow, Austro-Hungary (now Budaniv, Ukraine]

Actor Rock Hudson
[1925 - Rock Hudson (Roy Harold Scherer, Jr.), actor, born in Winnetka, Illinois]

Decathlon Champion Bob Mathias
[1930 - Bob Mathias, Olympic & National Track HoF athlete, born in Tulare, California]

Satirist Peter Cook
[1937 - Peter Cook, actor, writer, born in Torquay, Devon, England]

Election Commentary

Much has been made of the election of the first African-American to the highest office in the land. My parents did not envision such a day, and would have been thrilled had they lived long enough to see it. Perhaps my children will see the day when a naturalized gay Latina atheist is sworn in. I am not holding my breath.

William's Whimsical Words:

In a pure democracy the presidency could be a part-time job.

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