Thought for the day

"I just wonder what it would be like to be reincarnated in an animal whose species had been so reduced in numbers than it was in danger of extinction. What would be its feelings toward the human species whose population explosion had denied it somewhere to exist.... I must confess that I am tempted to ask for reincarnation as a particularly deadly virus." -- Prince Philip, in his Forward to "If I Were an Animal" - United Kingdom, Robin Clark Ltd., 1986.

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John Deere John Deere was born in Rutland, Vermont in 1804 and displayed a devotion to craftsmanship from an early age. When he was 17, he attended Middlebury College, but soon went on to a blacksmith apprenticeship. In 1826, he established his own blacksmith shop, and the following year, he married Demarius Lamb, with whom he had nine children. All was well with the Deere family until 1836, when New England's economy collapsed. Like many other Vermont business owners, Deere moved his family to Illinois, hoping the economic climate would be more favorable.