Doc and Ben Franklin

by Brewster Kahle, MIT ’82

January 3, 2010

Doc was an elder statesman of MIT by the time I was there — he helped me by always being willing to speak at events I was organizing.

As I recall, it was out of the blue that he said, “You should read Ben Franklin’s autobiography; I did when I was your age, and it was important,” or something like that. It took me a year or so to find it in a used book store (this was before the Internet) and I read it and it has absolutely changed the course of my life. What a gift.


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