2006 Is A Year of Birthdays (July 10, 2006)

During 2006, the rosewood frame and black leather chair and ottoman designed by Charles and Ray Eames turn fifty.  The National Interstate Defense Highways Act creating the Interstate Highway System also reached that milepost.  One allowed us to sit in modern style, while the other allowed us to move with speed even if we did not see anything.  Len Bias died twenty years ago of a cocaine dose.  President Johnson reluctantly signed the Privacy Act of 1966 known as the Freedom of Information Act forty years ago on July 4.  His presidential signing order stated in part “I signed this measure with a deep sense of pride that the United States is an open society,” although he privately disdained the legislation.  Freedom was 230 years young on that very day last week.  Thomas Jefferson, with some help from James Madison and Ben Franklin, penned the essay declaring the rationale for independence in a pamphlet captioned “The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America.”  In the same year, Adam Smith published An Inquiry Into The Nature And Causes Of The Wealth Of Nations, the economic declaration of independence, interdependence, competition, choice and free trade.

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