PHOTO: BW Portraying Ben Franklin, Rich Davis spoke to Blaney Elementary students to promote a love of history and love of reading. Among the things that Franklin did was invent bifocal glasses and establish the first lending library in the country. Franklin also did some unusual things, as Davis shared: flew a kite in a thunderstorm, lobbied for the national bird to be the turkey, invented the rocking chair, had the first bathtub in the country, and had a state named after him that later disappeared. SPECIAL TO THE STATE

October 20, 2005  State (published as The State)  
Columbia, South Carolina
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