The History Channel | Ben Franklin
Last night I watched The History Channel’s Ben Franklin
. I thought it was very well done and I very much enjoyed watching it.
I did read his autobiography a number of years ago, so some of this information I knew already. Nonetheless, it was an informative and very human interpretation of a very remarkable man.
A few notes I took:
Franklin helped establish Philadelphia’s first Volunteer Fire Dept.
He started the nation’s first non-religious college.
He created the idea of a public lending library.
He mapped the Gulf Stream
during his many trips from the Colonies to Europe.
Invented the home heating stove
Invented the glass harmonica
Invented the lightening rod.
He wrote several songs and he loved singing.
Credited with creating the first political cartoon
Helped makes sure the Constitution provided for a separation between church and state.
Also learned a new quote, which is now my favorite Franklin quote: Force shits on Reason’s back.
I recommend it (though he makes me feel like a total loser and layabout).