Two birthdays

Benjamin Franklin, one of my favorite humans ever, was born on this day, January 17, in the year 1706. Since I was a little kid he has been one of my heroes.

When I was eight years old, I knew I wanted to be Benjamin Franklin when I grew up. Yeah sure, there’s all the political stuff. But he was my hero because the man was just the most awesome inventor a kid could ever aspire to be.

Lightning rods, bifocals, water flippers, that stove. Not to mention the glass harmonica. I just loved the glass harmonica.

Today is also the ninety first birthday of James Earl Jones, a hero to millions. I would love to see James Earl Jones play Benjamin Franklin. Steven Spielberg, are you listening?

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