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Q&A with Ben Franklin

On January 12 - 15, I will be performing my one-man play BEN FRANKLIN: AN INGENIOUS LIFE at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center in Orlando, FL. You can find more information and purchase tickets at

I thought it would be fun to do a Q&A with Ben to get his perspectives on modern American life.

Q: Wondering what you think about our members of Congress?

Ben: Well, I don't know any of them, but if they are the way they were back in my day, I know that when we assemble representatives for the benefit of their joint wisdom, we inevitably invite all their prejudices, their passions, errors of opinion, local interests, and selfish views. How can a perfect product be expected?

Q: I understand that you only had two years of formal education, is that correct.

Ben: Yes, my parents were hoping to fit me for the ministry. It was not a good fit. I learned mostly from reading - every book I could get my hands on.

Q: Do you think education is still important?

Ben: The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance.

Q: When you were flying that kite, weren't you worried you might get electrocuted?

(Franklin gives me a bemused look.)

Ben: Not with the proper precautions. The kite was out there in the storm. I was safely inside a doorway.

Q: Do you have any words of advice?

Ben: Perhaps the words of Alexander Pope, "Blessed is he who expects nothing for he shall never be disappointed." (Franklin laughs) Actually, the best advice I can offer you is, "Well done is better than well said."

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