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Thomas Bailey Aldrich Quotes

Posted by azhttp on February 26, 2008

Thomas Bailey Aldrich (born 11th November 1836, died 19th March 1907) was a poet and novelist born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA.

All the best sands of my life are somehow getting into the wrong end of the hourglass. If I could only reverse it! Were it in my power to do so, would I?
Leaves From a Notebook, Ponkapog Papers (1903)
Somewhere—in desolate wind-swept space—
In Twilight-land—in No-man’s land—
Two hurrying Shapes met face to face,
And bade each other stand.

“And who are you?” cried one, agape,
Shuddering in the gloaming light.
“I know not,” said the second Shape,
“I only died last night.”

Quotes from Thomas Bailey Aldrich


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Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein

Posted by azhttp on February 21, 2008

Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery (17 November 1887 – 24 March 1976) was a British military commander of World War II, victor of El Alamein.

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Wilhelm Bodewin Johann Gustav Keitel

Posted by azhttp on February 20, 2008

Wilhelm Bodewin Johann Gustav Keitel (September 22, 1882–October 16, 1946) was a German field marshal (Generalfeldmarschall) and a senior military leader during World War II. He assumed the position of Chief of the OKW (Oberkommando der Wehrmacht). The International Military Tribunal rejected Keitel’s defense that he was following orders in conformity to “the leadership principle” (Führerprinzip) and found him guilty on all charges. To underscore the criminal rather than military nature of Keitel’s acts, the Allies denied his request to be shot by firing squad. Instead, he was executed by hanging.

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Famous People – Alexander Graham Bell

Posted by quotes on September 8, 2007

Alexander Graham Bell – Inventor of the Telephone
Alexander Graham Bell was a famous scientist and inventor of the telephone in 1876, at the age of 29.  Although he is well known for the invention of the phone, this famous scientist and inventor was involved in so many more projects.  He was a curious person with a keen mind, and his intellectual curiosity  drove him to continue to experiment and invent new solutions to problems for his entire life.

In 1881, Alexander Graham Bell won the Volta prize of $10,000.  He set up the Volta Laboratory in Washington D.C. and worked with his cousin Chichester Bell and Charles Sumner Tainter to further his scientific interests. One of their more notable accomplishments was to improve Thomas Edison’s phonograph to the point that it became commercially viable.

Through the years he was responsible for a variety of inventions such as an electromagnetic device called an induction balance that he made to try and locate the bullet lodged in President Garfield after his assassination. Alexander also built a metal vacuum jacket that was the forerunner to the iron lung used to aid polio victims in the 1950’s. Bell invented the audiometer to detect minor hearing problems and worked on experiments with energy recycling, alternative fuels, and removing the salt from seawater.

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Thomas Edison Biography

Posted by quotes on August 12, 2007

Thomas Edison

When was Thomas Edison born? He was born on February 11, 1847 in Milan, Ohio and was the seventh child in his family. Edison was often ill as a child and therefore started school later than he otherwise would have. When he did begin formal schooling, he was easily bored and caught daydreaming by his teacher, which resulted in the teacher’s assessment that Thomas Edison was less than a gifted intellectual. That was the end of his formal schooling after only 3 months! His mother took over instructing him and the rest is history.

As his career began to take off in New Jersey, the Thomas Edison biography will go over many of his inventions, like the Phonograph, the stock ticker and the motion picture camera.

One of the most important things Edison did to create the proper environment for inventing, was to set up the Menlo Park Research Lab in New Jersey. This was the first lab of its kind, set up specifically to find new and better ways to do things. It was an inventor’s paradise. This was a very important part of the Thomas Edison biography, because it is the place where most of his inventions were developed. In fact, the money used to build this facility came from the sale of the rights to the Thomas Edison invention, the Quadruplex telegraph to Western Union for $10,000.

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