“Autobiography is an unrivaled vehicle for telling the truth about other people.”
Today’s Literary Birthday
Benjamin Franklin, whom historian Walter Isaacson called “ the greatest American of his age and most influential in inventing the type of society America would become,” was born on this day in 1706. A great philosopher, scientist, inventor, and diplomat as well as one of the leading founders of the new United States, Franklin began his life as a journalist and publisher. He published the Philadelphia Gazette and Poor Richard’s Almanack. The Almanack contained proverbs such as “Necessity never made a good bargain,” “Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead,” and “Fish and visitors stink in three days.” Franklin’s Autobiography is a classic of American literature and one of the greatest of its genre.
Today’s Memoir/Family History Memory Trigger
Each day we offer a question or action to help you trigger your memories of things which will make your memoir or family history richer, more detailed and more interesting. Reflect on the prompt and see what ideas it triggers. Here’s today’s:
What is the most important lesson, message, or advice you've learned that you'd like to pass on for others to profit from?