What a world this would be
if we could listen to Ben!
And, clearly, Franklin’s
own inimitable words are the ideal source. His
wisdom and wit selected or fashioned and transmitted enduring sayings.
So why this website? To serve Franklin up in a new way to
people who would not otherwise get acquainted with him.
Some visitors might not be
content with reading Franklin. Grade school class members already have been
“translating” Ben – with delightful results, typically in lively prose.
This website also now includes 'Ben Franklin - Gimme a Break', three puzzles which invite you to choose the correct modern jingles to go with Ben Franklin quotes. It's aimed at the classroom, and includes a PDF version to download and print.
I have referred visitors to
“Poor Richard” via search engine instead of instead of noting prominently a
specific website. I did that since any website might some day disappear while
this website was chugging away on automatic pilot. Even so, a page of
Links is included, along with a method of keeping up with the new websites as
they come up over the years.
If you'd like to contact me in connection with this
project, you can email me via my contact form.
have had a great deal of help getting to this website. I would like to thank at
least some who have helped me, in addition to my wife Marjorie
(pictured left), who has stood by me through countless versions of the text,
with insight and discernment.
I would like to thank all the friends who have helped me during the many
revisions of my work. I do know who has helped me most:
Professor Morton Y. Jacobs.
He has gone through those versions with me. And kept making them better.
Polly Gordon shared her admirable strategic gifts on this project as she has on
so many others. I also want to credit the expertise and encouragement of Dorothy
Poehlman, now deceased, and Neil Tillman. Another friend –
and good writer – Carol Manka helped me with a closely related project.
I thank the artist Rayner Burrows for creating the graphics. His wife
Helaine also made helpful suggestions.
Leading Franklin scholars were kind enough to help the project. Leo Lemay
rescued it from copyright entanglements. Paul Zall shared his experience.
Jim Giblin encouraged the project. So did Ned Sherrin,
the British humorist. Without my poetry professor, Shirley Cochrane, there might
not have been a project. Without the others, it might not have got this far.
I want to thank Paul
Stephens for designing the site. This involved INFINITE patience with my