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May 15, 2004

Poor Richard

Ben Franklin

I formed a passing acquaintance with Dr. Franklin's Almanack in my teen years, but purposely avoided rereading it until my own work was well begun. I did this for two reasons. I was concerned that the excellence of the product of Franklin's mind would be so intimidating that I would be dissuaded from even attempting my own latter day version. I was also apprehensive that I might subconsciously attempt to copy the Good Doctor's style instead of developing my own voice, whatever that might prove to be. I believe that my original instincts were sound, particularly now that I have received a copy of Poor Richard and read it.

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