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Westinghouse Doing a business plan about George Westinghouse USA
Aristotle Qhat did Aristotle do as a mathematician? USA
Mark Twain Views on Civil War UK
Ben Franklin What was Benjamin Franklin's last invention? USA
Mark Twain Direct me to summary of Huckleberry Finn USA
Mark Twain Mark Twain's connection with U.S. Grant USA
Westinghouse Happy to have sold Westinghouse products Italy
Aristotle How did early life influence his philosophy? Tanzania
Lee Harvey Oswald Myths about Lee Harvey Oswald USA
Edison Can I copy material for a report? Hong Kong, China

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Doing a business plan about George Westinghouse

Topic: Westinghouse


October 20, 2009

I am doing a business plan about George Westinghouse and I want to know everything that I have to do to make an A. My teacher tells me to be the person and tell him what we did to help make things happen. I chose George Westinghouse and I want to know his goals from top to bottom. We also have to do it on trifold but I already know what to do on that. Thanx!

Jasmine - USA



Look at our updated list of Resources about Westinghouse at:

Also check:

Those resources should help you.

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Qhat did Aristotle do as a mathematician?

Topic: Aristotle


October 18, 2009

what did aristotle do as a mathmatician i keep trying to find stuff and i do find stuff but i dont understand it so could you help me out please thank you

charlie - USA



Aristotle was better known in other areas than mathematics. In fact, many of his works have been lost. One part of mathematics that he did much in was in logic, which can apply to the sciences too.

An article on Aristotle and mathematics is at:

I hope that helps.

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Views on Civil War

Topic: Mark Twain


June 13, 2009


I just finished reading through your write up on Smauel Clemens life. You mention him taking up with the Confederate Army....and how his brother was such a Union Abolitionist. You mention Mr Clemens leaving teh Confederate forces and and taking up work with his brother. You then state what a change of 'political views', applying the Myth that Lincoln's war was over slavery. I understand that is because the way people have been taught through the federal backed schools systems, the liberal media, and Hollywood. Anyone, that has studied early history of the states....and of this war can see that it is Not true. Ive spent years studying lincoln's war and it blows my mind after all of my Real education that people are blind enough to think that the yanks were moralistic freedom loving friends of the black man, and the God-fearing Southerners were just a bunch of cruel black hating, whooping, taskmasters. I wonder if these people have any idea who brought blacks over here? Which state first legalized slavery? (it wasnt in Dixie) Who dealt in the african slave trade? How lincoln really felt about blacks? Why lincoln stated he fought the war? What lincoln had stated about secession? Who started segregation? Where were the states that Outlawed blacks settling? (it wasnt in Dixie)...I could go on and on. You all did Not outright state it, But you did imply with the earlier mentioned statements that it was about slavery. One of the best books a person in the states could ever read is 'Myths of AMERICAN Slavery' by an author named Kennedy. I have gave this book to from friends and families to pastors. I did enjoy the rest of your write up on Smauel Clemens.

matt - UK



Thank you for your comments.

Although freeing the slaves was one factor in causing the U.S. Civil War, the issue of the right of states to make their own laws and even secede from the Union was more of a factor. After the war was over, there was actually more initial acceptance of Blacks in the South than in the North.

Before and after the Civil War there were moral people in both the northern and southern states that felt slavery was wrong. But of course, with the cotton farms, many in the South had a great financial incentive to continue slavery.

Hollywood glamorizes certain aspects of all wars. But Hollywood movies are not an accurate depiction of history.

Clemens was interested in politics. Rather he was an observer and writer about people and how foolish many of them act.

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What was Benjamin Franklin's last invention?

Topic: Ben Franklin


April 13, 2009

I was wondering, what was Benjamin Franklin's last invention?

Reagan - USA



Probably the bifocals in 1784, since he was getting older and needed them to see better.

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Direct me to summary of Huckleberry Finn

Topic: Mark Twain


March 5, 2009

Can you direct me to a summary of Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn?

Ceil - USA



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Mark Twain's connection with U.S. Grant

Topic: Mark Twain


February 22, 2009

What was Mark Twain's connection or relationship to U.Grant?

Ceil - USA



Mark Twain had some financial difficulties on bad investments in the 1880s. When he heard that the Ulysses S. Grant wanted to have his memoirs published, he visited Grant and proposed to publish his memoirs, giving Grant 75% of the profits. Grant also had financial troubles, so he agreed to let Twain do the job.

Unfortunately, Grant died shortly after finishing the manuscript. The book was a great success, and Grant's widow received over $400,000 in royalties. Twain also made a good profit, but the money wasn't enough to get him out of debt.

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Happy to have sold Westinghouse products

Topic: Westinghouse


November 17, 2008

Dear Sir,
I'm an Italian painter 71 years old. But when I was 23 years I worked 9 years for Westinghouse Italian ( WESTMAN in Voghera town).No a person know name Westinghouse and I worked as a black the way to sell Westinghouse television and radio. My work-place was Emilia-Romagna, and I sell television in all little town. Always I say: "Know you Nautilus? This television its the best in the world! BUY!" I spend 9 years of my life the way to make know Westinghouse television! But I'm proud I did very well! All people know televison, radio, conditioner, etc. I say I spent well my young years. Best regards yours sincerely from BOLOGNA, ITALY.

Gianni - Italy



Thank you for sharing your experience selling Westinghouse. I am sure that you were an excellent salesman and perhaps even a champion salesman. You helped people know about the Westinghouse products and helped the people get things that were useful and enjoyable to them.

Best wishes in your painting and in a long, prosperous life.

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How did early life influence his philosophy?

Topic: Aristotle


October 17, 2008

Aristotle lived an interesting life as a sphilosopher of his time or even today. My question is, how did his early life infuluence his state philosophy? How is his state philosophy relevant to today's life?

Evarist - Tanzania



Aristotle observed and learned from his father, who was a renown physician. His family was well-educated and he went to the famous Plato's Academy, where they studied and discussed philosophy.

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Myths about Lee Harvey Oswald

Topic: Lee Harvey Oswald


October 14, 2008

Are you interested in trading links?

I think we could both benefit from a trade since our readers regularly surf the net for information regarding the life of Lee Harvey Oswald and the Kennedy Assassination. Our site,, debunks many of the myths regarding Oswald's time in the Far East.

Myth: Oswald did not have a security clearance.

Answer: Oswald probably was given an Interim Secret Clearance while in Atsugi due to the fact that he worked in the Marine Control Squadron One (MACS-1). Such documents were taken out of a Marine’s personnel jacket if he got into trouble or if a Final Secret Security Clearance was not completed prior to a new assignment which required the Marine to move. Only Final Clearances were placed in the Personnel Files and these replaced any Interim Clearances.

Myth: Oswald served in the military with former Dallas police officer, Roscoe White.

Answer: Oswald did NOT serve with Roscoe White. White went to Okinawa, Japan while Oswald went to Atsugi, Japan. Both came to Japan on board the USS BEXAR but this ship carried over 1500 persons and there is no proof that both men ever met.

Myth: The U-2 Program was the most secretive operation in the MAG-11 area.

Answer: The U-2 was not the most secret device at MAG-11. A Top Secret installation was also located in the Marine Sector of Atsugi and close to Marine Air Control Squadron One, Oswald’s Unit. Only five officers from Marine Air Group 11 had access to this site. This location is shown in of the illustrations showing the Marine Air Group Flight Line. This site was called “The METO SITE”.

Myth: Oswald was in military intelligence.

Answer: Oswald was not in military intelligence. He was an aviation electronics man. Thus, he did not have access to classified materials even if he did hold a Secret Clearance at one time in MACS-1. This does not give him access to Secret Materials automatically. Classified materials were housed in all intelligence offices in the Air Group with Top Secret being held in the Group Intelligence Office which had a 24 hour guard. Intelligence Officers who served during 1957 and 1958 were questioned and they never heard of Oswald. Neither did agents who worked for the Office of Naval Intelligence in Atsugi during the same period of time.

Myth: Oswald's Officers and Sergeants were interviewed by the Warren Commission after the Kennedy Assassination.

Answer: The Warren Commission only interviewed three Marines in person from Atsugi. One of these men was always on Temporary Additional Duty for he played sports; another was not in Oswald’s Unit; and the third did not know Oswald very well. No officers or sergeants were ever interviewed by the Warren Commission. Some of his sergeants had important things to say.

Please let me know if you are interested in a link trade. Thanks.

Tim - USA



Thanks for the interesting information. I added the link to your site/book from our Oswald pages.

You can add "Strange Life of Lee Harvey Oswald"
to your site.

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Can I copy material for a report?

Topic: Edison


September 30, 2008

Are these pages copyright? If they are, can I copy them for a report? I won't be selling the information to anybody.

Kathy - Hong Kong, China



You can copy the material for a report. You should always state the resource of your material.

That is the proper academic practice. Best wishes for a good grade in your report.

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