October 3: Benjamin Franklin

October 3
Benjamin Franklin

Wealth is not his that has it, but his that enjoys it.
~Benjamin Franklin

At the working man’s house hunger looks in, but dares not enter.
~Benjamin Franklin

For industry pays debts, while despair encreaseth them.
~Benjamin Franklin

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October 3: Robots and UFOs

October 3
Robots and UFOs

Mission Control, please be informed, there is a Santa Claus.
~James Lovell, Apollo 8 Commander, 1968. He made this transmission after coming around the far side of the Moon on the Apollo 8 mission. Although it was Christmas time, this statement has caused considerable controversy, as “Santa Claus“ was supposedly a codeword used to indicate a UFO or other unusual sighting.

It was the darndest thing I’ve ever seen. It was big, it was very bright, it changed colors and it was about the size of the Moon. We watched it for ten minutes, but none of us could figure out what it was. One thing’s for sure, I’ll never make fun of people who say they’ve seen unidentified objects in the sky. If I become President, I’ll make every piece of information this country has about UFO sightings available to the public and the scientists
~Jimmy Carter James Earl “Jimmy” Carter, Jr. (born October 1, 1924) is an American politician who served as the 39th President of the United States (1977–1981) and was awarded the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize, the only U.S. President to have received the Prize after leaving office. Before he became President, Carter, a Democrat, served as a U.S. Naval officer, was a peanut farmer, served two terms as a Georgia State Senator and one as Governor of Georgia (1971–1975).

I am completely convinced that [UFOs] have an out-of-world basis.
~Dr. Walther Riedel, LIFE Magazine, 7 April 1952. Research director and chief designer at Germany’s rocket center in Peenemunde. He also worked on classified projects for the U.S. after World War II.

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October 3: “When I have Fears That I May Cease to Be” by John Keats

When I have fears that I may cease to be
Before my pen has gleaned my teeming brain,
Before high-pilèd books, in charactery,
Hold like rich garners the full ripened grain;
When I behold, upon the night’s starred face,
Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance,
And think that I may never live to trace
Their shadows with the magic hand of chance;
And when I feel, fair creature of an hour,
That I shall never look upon thee more,
Never have relish in the faery power
Of unreflecting love—then on the shore
Of the wide world I stand alone, and think
Till love and fame to nothingness do sink.