Posted by The Huggy Merchant on December 19, 2000 at 06:18:42:
This day in 1732, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Benjamin Franklin begins publication of Poor Richard's Almanack under the pseudonym of Richard Saunders. In an advertisement for the humorous publication in the Pennsylvania Gazette, a successful newspaper that Franklin himself established during the 1720s, Franklin promises "many pleasant and witty verses, jests and sayings." The Almanack is an instant success, and enjoys continuous publication for the next twenty-five years, selling an average of 10,000 copies yearly. It becomes one of the most popular writings from the colonial period, and greatly influences American popular culture with such light-hearted aphorisms as "early to bed, early to rise, makes a man, healthy, wealthy, and wise." Franklin later goes on to work on the Declaration of Independence with Thomas Jefferson, and serves as a crucial diplomat to France during the American War for Independence.
So the 'Thought for the Day' is.......
"If you're not to be forgotten, when you're dead and rotten; write something worth reading, or do something worth the writing."
(Benjamin Franklin, Scientist/Inventor/Statesman/Philosopher/Economist, 1706-1790)
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