Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin flies kite during thunderstorm

On June 10, 1752, Benjamin Franklin flies a kite during a thunderstorm and collects ambient electrical charge in a Leyden jar, enabling him to demonstrate the connection between lightning and electricity. Franklin became interested in electricity in the mid-1740s, a time when much was still unknown on the topic, and spent almost a decade conducting electrical experiments. He coined a number of…
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Benjamin Franklin High School graduation

The valedictorian of the Class of 2022 at Benjamin Franklin High School in New Orleans is Anita Rose Zahiri. The salutatorian is Jennifer Anh Tran. Zahiri, the daughter of Kavin and Mojgan Zahiri and sister of Keyana Zahiri ’19, was named 2022 Louisiana high school suent of the year. She plans to enroll in the liberal medical education program at Brown University, with a double major in computational biology and applied mathematics-computer science. At Franklin, she was president of HOSA–Future Health Professionals, Key Club and Academic Games and captain of the swim team.
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An Open Book: Ex Libris, The Autobiography Of Benjamin Franklin

Note to Reader: This Open Book column is part of my occasional “Ex Libris” series about books that have made a difference in my life. Hope you enjoy it. After we became empty-nesters, Terry and I would implore our children to go through their bedrooms and help us get rid of stuff. It took a decade, but now we have finally purged all awards, papier-mache sculptures, even random juggling equipment from our home. Preparing for grandkids, however, exempted children’s books from the trash bin. Terry pardoned them all because they became part of “Future Grandparenting Stuff.” Her forethought has paid off; now our grandchildren enjoy reading well-worn copies of The Cat in the Hat and My Father’s Dragon. Soon Boxcar Children, Charlotte’s Web, Harry Potter, and every volume of Robert Jordan’s multitudinous Wheel of Time series will be enticing them and their parents to come to spend part of summer break with us.

Benjamin Franklin “Bo” Hill

Funeral service will be on Saturday, May 28, 2022, at 11:00 AM at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Center, Texas. Bishop Datron Dock Sr, of the Community First Church in Houston, Texas, will be officiating. Visitation is from 1pm until 5pm on Friday, May 27, 2022 at Hicks Chapel in Center.

Benjamin Franklin: The Kite, the Key and other Tales

This presentation, commissioned by Chicagoland’s Orland Park Library, humanizes the amazing story of the “First American”, Benjamin Franklin. His regard for America’s developing work ethic, indomitable spirit and unique position in the world is presented through the persona of his only surviving son, William Franklin. All ages welcome. No registration required.
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Benjamin Franklin “Bennie” Malone

Benjamin Franklin “Bennie” Malone, III, passed away Thursday, May 12, 2022. Visitation was held from 1:00pm - 2:00pm, Sunday, May 15, 2022, at Gray Memorial Chapel in Gray. Memorial followed at 2:00pm, in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Tommy Freeman officiating. Mr. Malone was born March 21,...