A Declaration on Independence Discovery


In a fascinating use of modern technology, a high-resolution camera has revealed what can only be described as the use of “white-out” correction fluid on the Declaration of Independence. According to a post on BoingBoing a draft of the Declaration originally used the word “subjects” to refer to those living in the emerging nation. Thomas Jefferson Thought twice about using the word, scratched it out and changed it to “citizens”.


My grandpa Alex came to America in 1917. He was so proud to be here that he promptly changed his birthday to July 4th. Jefferson’s word-smithing of the Declaration is a good reminder of why my grandpa, and millions of others, left everything they knew behind in order to make a new life for themselves and their descendants here in the US.


On this July 4th it is worth taking a moment to remember that, despite all its issues, those of us living here in the States have truly been given a gift.

via Huffington Post via BoingBoing

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Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.

6 Comments on "A Declaration on Independence Discovery"

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  6. I read that newsbit while standing (all parking was full) outside of Mount Vernon while my son did the last shopping … so cool. I love having been involved in the early spectroscopy stuff that has allowed researchers to do such amazing stuff – who knew?!?

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