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September 20 , 2007

Radio Boys Cronies - The Original Classic Edition


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The first speaker, a lad of fifteen, large for his age, fair-haired, though as brown as a berry and athletic in all his easy, deliberate yet energetic movements, turned to the one he had called Bill, a boy of about his own age, or a little older, but altogether opposite in appearance, for he was undersized, dark-haired, black-eyed, and though a life-long cripple with a twisted knee, as quick and nervous in action as the limitations of his physical strength and his ever-present crutch permitted.

...Young Edison had a friend up in the printing office who let him see proofs from the edition being set up, so that he kept posted as to what was to be in the paper before it came off the press.

...Watching the compositors at work, he learned to set type and make up the forms, so within two weeks after purchasing the press he brought out the first number of The Weekly Herald-the first paper ever written, set up, proof-read, printed, published and sold (besides all his other work) on a local train-and this by a boy of fourteen!

...He had to read to find out things; there seemed to be no one who could tell him the half that he wanted to know, and I guess a lot of people got pretty tired of having him ask so many questions they couldnt answer.

...Maybe hes not altogether right about that, for education is mighty fine and Id like to go to a technical school; Gus and I both are aiming for that, but were going to read and study a lot our own way, too, and experiment; arent we, Gus?

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