From The Smirking Chimp:
Benjamin Franklin, who used his many talents to become a wealthy man, famously said that the only things certain in life are death and taxes. But if you’re a corporate CEO in America today, even they can be put on the back burner – death held at bay by the best medical care money can buy and the latest in surgical and life extension techniques, taxes conveniently shunted aside courtesy of loopholes, overseas investment and governments that conveniently look the other way.
– Bill Moyers
Read the whole article HERE
Did you know when the famous Founding Fathers were selecting a National Bird and the majority were hard set on the Eagle, Franklin made his case for the Turkey:
(another great graphic design by the late Herb Lubalin.)
Elly, Mike and Ruth Robertas and I went to the Apollo Civic Theater in Martinsburg last night to see their production of 1776, the musical about the signing of the Declaration of Independence. I have to admit, it was the closest thing to a professional production I have seen in Community Theater – amateurs with talent enough to make us forget their amateurity.
The story, of course, is based on the second Continental Congress and the campaign of John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin to get a unanimous declaration from all 13 colonies to enter into a revolution against King George’s England.
The lead character of these three is the “obnoxious and disliked” Adams, who drives his concern to free the colonies with such fervor that the phrase “Sit down John, sit down” is repeated over and over by the body of representatives.
Franklin is his sidekick, so to speak, and fills his commentary with phrases from his Almanacks and clever concepts to get non-revolutionary representatives – like the rest of his Pennsylvania delegation – to the Adams side of the cause.
Director Tami McDonald has thoroughly researched the history of the Congress (aided by The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, who received an award of a percentage of the gate for their assistance.) This is her second production in 10 years of 1776 and she has maintained a tight and completely thought out production. with Music Director Alison Shafer and Choreographer Christine Galante, McDonald keeps a very large cast of 24 men and two women moving a complex story through a month of meetings in the summer Philadelphia heat to the unanimous signing of Jefferson’s drafted and group edited Declaration.
The show has a matinee today and another weekend to run. The 500 seat Apollo usually has open spaces for last minute audience reservations. Call (304) 263-6766 and if no one is in the box office someone will get back to you withing a few hours. Honest.
Make that call and join the ecstatic standing ovation that greets the curtain call of 1776.
Dr. Josiah Bartlett of New Hampshire – Ron Rockwell
John Adams of Massachusetts – David Keye
John Hancock of Massachusetts – Bob Wade
Stephen Hopkins of Rhode Island – Byron Simpson
Roger Sherman of Connecticut – Lou Ramos
Robert Livingston of New York – Michael Noll
Lewis Morris of New York – Boomer Rose
Rev. Jonathan Witherspoon of New Jersey – Dan Rice
John Dickinson of Pennsylvania – Tod Williams
Ben Franklin of Pennsylvania – Mike Reed
Judge Joseph Wilson of Pennsylvania – Pere Herlinger
Col. Thomas McKean of Delaware – Jim Carter
George Read of Delaware – Joe Hall
Caesar Rodney of Delaware – Tom Hutchcraft
Samuel Chase of Maryland – Blake Butler
Thomas Jefferson of Virginia – J. D. Wine
Richard Henry Lee of Virginia – Ken McDonald, Jr.
Joseph Hewes of North Carolina – Ken Kulp
Edward Rutledge of South Carolina – Ross S. Hudson
Dr. Lyman Hall of Georgia – Joey Thorne
Charles Thomson, Congressional Secretary – Eric Nauman
Abigail Adams – Amanda Laurie
Martha Jefferson – Emily Santy
Andrew McNair, Congressional Custodian – Todd Apple
Leather Apron, Custodial Assistant Alex Hale
Courier – Andre Brown
Producer/Director – Tami McDonald
Music Director – Alison Shafer
Choreographer – Christine Galante
Stage Manager – Terri Magers
Combat Choreographer – Rick Herlinger
Set Designer/Foreman – Tom Ballard
Set Construction – Ann Alter, Henry Becker, Jim Carter, Glenn Goulet, Joe Hall, Larry Mayou, Mike Reed, Stephanie Reed, Ron Rockwell, Lou Ramos, Joey Thorne, Bob Wade
Set Furniture Construction – Bob Fuegi
Ben Franklin Portrait – Lou Ramos
Light Designer – Michael Noll
Lightboard Operator – Heather Magers
Sound Operator – Bill Czyzewski
Costume Mistress – Kathy Bost
Properties Master – Jim Carter
Properties Assistant – Joanne Kulp
Hair Stylist – Sue Dyke
- Declaration of Independence (1776) – Thomas Jefferson (primary source document) (historymartinez.wordpress.com)
- What year did the declaration of independence approved by the colonies (wiki.answers.com)
- What where the reasons of america to becoe ameica (wiki.answers.com)
- What is the hidden message in the declaration of independence picture (wiki.answers.com)
- Thomas Jefferson… What a guy! (trustmejb.wordpress.com)