Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Happy Birthday Benjamin Franklin!

Three hundred and one years ago today, Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston, but colonial Boston was much too conservative to hold young Ben.Barely out of short pants, Franklin was out in the world -- inventing Poor Richard's Almanac and lightening rods, inventing lending libraries and allies in revolution, inventing the odometer and bifocals - and a nation, a national character... "A Republic," he quipped, "if you can keep it." Ben Franklin lived large and long. He was a founder and a rascal, a fierce enemy of tyranny, and a radical egalitarian. That twinkle in his eye still speaks to us today.Can you imagine the life of this remarkable Founding Father, and what he would make of America now?

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