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by Ron Kurtus

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General Request to use graphic USA
Lee Harvey Oswald Relationship of Oswald and Finland Finland
Edison Your page was so helpful in my research USA
Lee Harvey Oswald Disagree with Oswald biography USA
Archimedes Did Archimedes receive any awards? Pakistan
Demonsthenes Sword of Demosthenes USA
Ben Franklin Franklin lived in Philadelphia USA
Lee Harvey Oswald Castro got Kennedy USA
Ben Franklin When was this website made? USA
Churchill I have a book written by Winston Churchill USA

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Request to use graphic

Topic: General


June 16, 2013

I very much like your page on Magnetism and the Lorentz force. I request permission to use your graphic with the caption "Force on electric charge moving through a magnetic field" with a link to your web site. However I would like to cross promote your site; it looks to me like you have lots of fun stuff here.

My background: I present a Living History of Marie Curie. I'm writing a series of science articles for families / kids / classrooms / curious people. The series supports and builds on ideas in my Marie Curie Living History program. Examples: "Qualitative vs. Quantitative Observation", "What is an atom?", "What is Radioactivity?" "How did Marie's Piezo-electrometer work?" Magnetism is one of the approximately 30 concepts I am writing about. It was because Marie Curie studied magnetic properties of steels that she met Pierre Curie, who discovered the Curie point - the temperature above which magnetic materials stop being magnetic. And the inner workings of the atom were discovered because of the ways the alpha and beta particles (which I define in another article) in the radioactive rays behave in a magnetic field.

You can read about my Living History program at -> manya I have presented this program across 28 of the United States, Canada, and Europe over the last dozen years.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Susan Marie - USA



Certainly, you can use the graphic "Force on electric charge moving through a magnetic field" along with a link to our website.

It looks like you have an interesting website. I have provided a link to your site from Biography Resources.

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Relationship of Oswald and Finland

Topic: Lee Harvey Oswald


September 21, 2012

How often at least one of those men in pictures has travelled trhough Finland in the end of 1960´s. Do you have more of them, looked the same but were sick. I´ve seen one. Film material was filed under the title "Normaali poliklinikkakäynti, Sukkavartaankatu. Tampere." They were not Finns.

Leena - Finland



I'm not sure which pictures you are referring to.

Oswald went from the U.S. to Helsinki, where he applied to go to the U.S.S.R See The Journey From USA to USSR. Apparently, there was something strange about how quick he got his visa.

I hope that helps.

PS: My grandparents are from Finland.

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Your page was so helpful in my research

Topic: Edison


January 19, 2012

Your page was so helpful in my research, thank you for having such a great page available! For one of my classes I'm writing a paper and doing a presentation on Thomas Edison and I came upon your site's Resources on Edison's Life web page (, which has really great resources that really helped me with my research.

Also while researching I found another page (www., that I think would be a wonderful additional Edison resource on your page. It would be really great if I could use your page with the additional resource when I present my research next week. How often do you update the page?


Alisa - USA



I'm glad the material was helpful for your research. I added your suggested resource to the page, as well as updating it with some new books.

Best wishes for success in your presentation.

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Disagree with Oswald biography

Topic: Lee Harvey Oswald


January 17, 2012

i just read your biography hit piece on oswald. where did you get your info,from the warren commission. i think that oswald was a reg. kid,and was said to be non violent,but you state over and over oswald pulled a knife on his brother. i think this is put into the story to lay claim he was a violent person capable of shhoting people. but what i see is a very smart maybe a genius,capable of running the latest radar equiptment on a top secret miltery base,in japan. yewt you and the media try to paint a pic of a anti social ,wing nut that plkayed with weapons. he was a marine but had trouble qulifing at the rifle range,and only made marksman. which is the lowest grade of shooting in the military. i myself shot expert,at 17 years in the army,never having shot a gun un till enlisting. i know i could not have made that shot in the givin time. so what im trying to say is your biography is pure hoq wash.

ron - USA



The items in Resources and references are the main sources of information on Oswald.

The Warren Commission Reports apparently goes into a lot of details on what happened, but I don't think they really looked into Oswald's background. It is not a resource for his biography.

The biography states that with his travels and experiences, it certainly was a strange life that brought about many conspiracy theories.

If you feel the material is "hog wash" you should contact the resources and tell them so.

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Did Archimedes receive any awards?

Topic: Archimedes


October 9, 2011

did the Archimedes receive any awards or nobles for his work?

saja - Pakistan



Archimedes lived between 287 BC and 212 BC in ancient Greece. He was honored in his country, but they did not give award in those days. The Nobel Prize was started in 1895.

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Sword of Demosthenes

Topic: Demonsthenes


July 16, 2011

I've heard the expression about the Sword of Demosthenes having heavy over your head like an ever-present threat. But I can't find any reference to this "threat" in material I've checked about Demosthenes. Can you explain or elucidate on this? Thank you for your assistance.




Demosthenes waa the son of a famous sword maker. He had a speech defect but wanted to be a great orator. He did such things as practiced speaking with stones in his mouth and shouting into the wind. One thing he did to overcome his fears was to practice with a sharp sword hanging over his head.

Thus, the expression could mean that if you have a fearful situation, it might be similar to having a heavy sword over your head that would fall if you made a mistake or failed.

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Franklin lived in Philadelphia

Topic: Ben Franklin


February 28, 2011

During his forties, Franklin lived in Philadelphia, not in Boston as stated here.




In November 1746, Franklin went to Boston and stayed there several months. While in Boston, he started his experimenting on electricity.

I will update the page to clarify the material.

Thanks for the feedback.

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Castro got Kennedy

Topic: Lee Harvey Oswald


February 6, 2011

it is very simple, castro got kennedy before kennedy got him!!!!!!

mr mojo - USA



There had been suspicions that Oswald had been influenced by Cuban agents. However, it was never proven.

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When was this website made?

Topic: Ben Franklin


December 2, 2010

when was this website made???

Claudia - USA



The website started in 2000. Each article or lesson has the date that it was written or revised. The Ben Franklin biography was written in December 2005.

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I have a book written by Winston Churchill

Topic: Churchill


October 31, 2010

I have a book written by Winston Churchill titled "Richard Carvel". Is this one of his books or is it another author? The copyright date is 1899. Also would it be of any value? Thank you.

Kay - USA



Winston Churchill, the novelist, was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He was not related to the former Prime Minister of England.

The book is still available on If your copy is an original from 1899, it may be valuable to book collectors.

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